Humans cannot do what plants can do. You can't go in your backyard, get a spoon full of soil,dirt. and eat that soil and absorb the minerals from the soil. The sodium in your salt shaker is inorganic,(dead) sodium. The minerals in your mineral water are inorganic, unavailable, useless....
Minerals are very important. It is believed to be instrumental in the healthy function of the human body. The electrical effects or electrolytes which they impart as they pass through the body enable us to move, work,and think. Some of these minerals impart the quality of hardness, such as calcium, phosphorus. Others impart the qualities of softness, flexibility, and activity and the one mineral most capable of doing this is sodium. Sodium helps us to have elasticity, limberness, and youthfulness in our tissues, It is necessary to maintain normal chemical balance not only to the walls of the stomach, but also the walls of the intestine. It is necessary to regulation of the fluid content and to normal flora in the intestinal tract, an is necessary to good bowel function. Sodium greatly affects the fluid balance throughout the body. Sodium works side by side with potassium. Sodium being extra-cellular and potassium being intra-cellular. It is unfortunate, therefore, that everyday modern living habits impose such a drain upon our reserve. We are surrounded by the influences of today's world of industry and progress:
We have electrical lighting that encourages overwork Radio and television , that cause tension, computers that call for close concentration and extra eye strain, etc. Besides all these causes of stress, most people are the victims of devitalized foods which are acid producing and therefore require alkaline mineral elements to neutralize them.
The waste acids produced in the body are irritating to the tissues and interfere with proper functioning that the digestive juices may no longer have proper consistency, and the acid-alkaline balance may be disturbed. The alkaline mineral most heavily drawn upon to neutralize these acids is sodium. Reserve supplies of sodium are stored in various organs of the body but mainly in the walls of the stomach. This makes the tissues of the stomach highly alkaline, as they should be to withstand the presence of the hydrochloric acid normally in the stomach. If it were not for the presence of sodium the stomach walls would be destroyed by the hydrochloric acid produced in these tissues. When there is tissue destruction in parts of the walls, we call the resulting sores ulcers. They can occur when sodium has been drained from the tissues of the stomach for other purposes in the body. Whenever acids are produced any place in the body through mental strain, physical strain, eye strain, etc., sodium is withdrawn from the stomach to neutralize them. This leaves an acid stomach wall. With this disturbance of balance, the stomach wall cannot properly secrete hydrochloric acid, so digestion becomes impaired. If we overdraw on the sodium reserve in the stomach, the organ with the next highest concentration of sodium will begin to suffer lack because the blood, in attempting to maintain chemical balance, will borrow it. Those tissues whose sodium-storing capacity is next highest to that of the stomach are the joint structures of the body. When sodium is withdrawn from the joints, a serious imbalance is created: calcium is left behind. Now calcium, with its quality of harshness, can make tissues immobile: the joints may become rigid unless there is sufficient sodium present to keep the calcium in solution. Such disorders as neuritis, neuralgia, rheumatism, and arthritis follow.
Once sodium becomes depleted to a certain point your body will use its large calcium reserves, to neutralize the bodies acids. Once calcium becomes depleted to a certain point your liver will manufacture its own ammonia, which can reach 14 on the pH scale, to neutralize acid ash residue. Your body will continue to function pulling more and more of these alkaline minerals from your cells in order to neutralize the bodies metabolic acids and acid ash residue from the acid ash food and metabolic acid you produce. This compounds health problems of the smallest kind which can develop into more serious health problems. As your cell pH becomes lower and lower, Your bodies ability to carry oxygen will be diminished, thus in turn inviting illness to come in.
Many doctors merely say that waste acids are responsible for such conditions, but actually these acids would not be present if there was an adequate sodium reserve to neutralize them. In attempts to neutralize excess acids and gas formations, many persons make the mistake of taking baking soda.
The sodium in this compound is inorganic, it cannot be used by the body, it acts as an irritant, and can neutralize only with the acid with which it is immediately in contact.
Instead of using alkalizers and drugs, we should turn to natural food alkalizers such as are present in vegetable juices, ripe fruits, etc.
When we are confronted with lack of sodium in the body, we should replenish the supply by using natural foods that are high in sodium content. Raw goat milk is one of the foods highest in sodium and it is easily assimilated. It seems to be very beneficial in cases of stomach ulcer and in rheumatic and arthritic conditions.
Another sodium food which we have used a great deal in both office and sanitarium practice is Whey. This also is a natural food for acidophilus bacteria in the intestine. Another excellent source of sodium is veal joint broth, which is made by cooking out the gelatin from a veal joint with no meat on it. Plants that are matured in the sunshine are high in sodium. The acids in green fruits are sour, but when allowed to mature the sodium content gives them their sweet taste. Citrus fruits, when tree ripened, are high in sodium, but so many of them are picked green and expected to ripen in storage that eating them may cause disturbance -- especially in a stomach deficient in sodium. Unripe fruit never sets well in the human stomach. Cabbage juice and strawberry juice are good sources of sodium, as is celery stalk. Okra is one of our highest sodium-containing foods, is very soothing to the stomach wall, and therefore excellent for cases of ulcer.
We should aim to prevent the formation of excess waste acids in the body so that we need not bankrupt the organs in which sodium is stored, such as the stomach and joints. We should constantly replenish the supply be eating natural food that are high in sodium. We will thus have better digestion, assimilation, and elimination, and prevent disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism, neuritis and neuralgia. The very things we would use in the prevention of these symptoms can also be used for their correction. That which will prevent a disease in many cases will cure it.