LiveingWell Health News Letter


1. Sodium

Shaking out the truth on salt.

Why the body needs Sodium, how to find the correct source.

Doctors also say that the daily % value numbers are particularly important because food label claims can be

confusing or misleading. For example, reduced sodium merely means that the food has at least 25 percent less

sodium merely means that the food has at least 25 percent less sodium than the regular version. Light in

sodium means it has been reduced by at least 50 percent. But, that still doesn't mean that the food is low in

total sodium. Even the term " Sodium free" means less than five milligrams of sodium per serving. Let us talk

about the importance of mineral salts to the healthy functioning of the human body. The electrical effects, which

they impart as they pass through the body, enable us to move, work, think and accomplish. Some of these

minerals impact the quality of hardness, such as calcium. 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 normal chemical balance not only to the walls of

the stomach but also to the walls of the intestine. It is necessary to regulation of the fluid content and to normal

flora in the intestinal tract, and is necessary to good bowel evacuation. Sodium greatly affects the fluid balance

throughout the body.It is regrettable, therefore, that everyday modern living habits impose such a drain upon

our reserves.Today's world is electrical lighting so that we are encouraged to work longer. Radios, that cause

tension,TV that calls for close concentration and extra eyestrain. Besides all these causes of strain most people

are victims of devitalized foods which are acid producing and therefore require alkaline elements to neutralize

them.The waste acids produced in the body are irritating to the tissues and so seriously interfere with proper

functioning that the digestive juices may no longer have proper consistency, and the acid alkaline balance may

be disturbed. The alkaline element most heavily drawn upon to neutralize these acids is Sodium. Reserve

supplies of sodium are stored in various organs of the body but chiefly in the walls of the stomach. This makes

the tissues of the stomach highly alkaline, as they should be to withstand 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 when sodium has been drained from the tissues

of the stomach to neutralize them. This leaves an acid stomach wall. With this disturbance of balance, the

stomach wall cannot properly secrete hydro-choleric acid, so digestion becomes impaired. 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 has a great source of Sodium, is whey. This also is a natural food for acidophilus bacteria in the intestine.

Another excellent source of sodium is plants that are matured in the sunshine are high in Sodium. The acids in

green fruits taste 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 the 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 deplete the Organs in which sodium is stored, such as the stomach and joints. We should constantly

replenish the supply by eating natural foods that are high in Sodium. We will thus have better digestion,

assimilation, and elimination, and prevent disorders such as arthritis, rheumatism, and neuralgia. The very

things we would use in prevention of these symptoms can also be used for their correction. That which will

prevent a disease in many cases will cure it. Another piece of advice for those who want to reduce sodium is to

eat more potassium. Potassium helps lower blood pressure and can help offset sodium overload. Unless you

have kidney disease, experts recommend that you consume 3,500 milligrams of potassium a day.

By Lillian Waugh


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Chicken Breasts with homemade Nectarine Salsa

Bake on the Broiler outside or in your oven inside.


3 Tbs. Olive oil

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

6 bone-in chicken breast halves, about 3 lbs.

2 nectarines pitted cut into 1/2 " pieces about 1 1/2 cups

1 cup chopped red onions

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 Tbs. rice or white wine vinegar

1 Tbs. lime juice

1 1/2 tsp. grated lime zest

1/2 tsp. garlic powder or garlic bits

1/4 tsp. pepper or to your taste.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Combine 2 Tbs oil, cumin, 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper, brush over top of breasts. Arrange on baking sheet for oven,

or place in outside broiler. In oven roast until no longer pink near the bone and juices run clear 40 minutes

While the chicken is baking. Combine in a bowl nectarines, onions, cilantro, vinegar, juices, zest, garlic and

remaining oil and salt. Mix well. Transfer chicken to serving platter: Cover the chicken with the Salsa sauce

from the bowl.  Serve with your favorite rice dish, black beans and corn.

Serves 6 people

Per. Serving: 414 Cal. 50 g. protein 20 g. fat (5 g. saturated) 138 mg. chol: 7 g. carbs

412 mg. sodium 1 g. fiber 4 g. sugars.

20 minutes in kitchen 50 minutes to serve time.


The Vitamin that boosts HDL

It's niacin, and studies at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital and elsewhere show it raises HDL cholesterol as much

as 35 %, often in as little as six months. But there's a catch' The type sold in health-food stores and

pharmacies can trigger a powerful flushing sensation plus raise people's risk of liver problem's says Dr.

Glassberg. The solution: Niaspan a prescription version of niacin that pumps up HDL cholesterol just as

effectively, with no risk of liver damage. "And the flushing that Niaspan causes is so much milder, a baby

aspirin is often enough to prevent it', she says. It's recommended for people who can't get their HDLs above 40

mg./dl. with other measures; talk to your doctor about it. You can get extra heart-protective quercetin in your

diet by eating lots of berries. Quercetin is a flavonoid credited with guarding against cardiovascular disease.

The best food source of quetcertin is onions, cranberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all good sources of



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