Sodium Levels

Posted by O (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) on 10/14/2007

for those who are trying to cut back on soduim there are 821-980 mg "sodium" in one teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. and sorry for my english.

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
384 posts

If people want to reduce the sodium level there is a couple of things that can be done: 1. Reduce chlorination or chloride intake and acid forming foods. The body if it sees chlorine, or chloride rich foods,tries to inctease the level of sodium to maintain its alkalinity. 2. Take more potassium, but should be taking where the body is in a reasonable ratio. For example 1/4 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate plus 1/8 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in 1/2 glass of water. The potassium will displace the sodium. 3. There are studies that show the problem is not the sodium retention, but the excess chloride that is a problem. The ratio is maintained where the sodium to chloride is 1: 0.7. If chloride rich diets (which can come from hydrochorides, such as Thiamine hydrochloride B1, and Pyridoxine hydrochloride, or other hydrochloride and chlorinated water. Therefore, the best way to deal with is to use a dechlorinator, such as sodium thiosulfate to neutralize the chlorinated water. Ordinary salt sodium chloride Iwould avoid and use sea salt. The reason is simple,ordinary salt sodium chloride is acid, which causes the body to retain more sodium, while the sea salt is alkaline which causes the body to retain less sodium. 4. Halogens (fluoride, bromine, chlorine, ec.) causes the body to retain more sodium to protect its pH, and as a result causes more sodium retention. Therefore avoiding of foods rich in bromine, usually comes from white flour (bromine processes), white bread, and other bleached white products. The cause is not sodium. The body retains sodium because it is trying to protect its pH. Sodium is an alkaline, and the reason why sodium retention occurs is our diets and drugs are rich in halogens, in particular is the chloride and bleaching of flour using the bromine process. Hence a general remedy is to avoid halogen rich foods (bleached flour and bread) and alkalize, using either using a baking soda to do that at the very least, or 1/4 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate plus 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day. The sodium bicarbonate won't cause sodium retention generally as it will displace or reduce the chloride ratios in the body that is in excess. But if you want a more direct method some potassium added may help, but they too must be taken along with sodium bicarbonate at the very least to maintain a critical sodium:potassium ratio.