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The amount of normal saline infused depends largely on the needs of the patient (e.g. ongoing diarrhea or heart failure) but is typically between 1.5 and 3 litres a day for an adult.
Other concentrations of saline are frequently used for other medical purposes, such as supplying extra water to a dehydrated patient or supplying the daily water and salt needs ("maintenance" needs) of a patient who is unable to take them by mouth.
Salt is a dietary mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride that is essential for animal life, but can be toxic to many land plants.
Sodium is one of the primary electrolytes in the body. All four cationic electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium) are available in unrefined salt, as are other vital minerals needed for optimal bodily function. Too much or too little salt in the diet can lead to muscle cramps, dizziness, or electrolyte disturbance, which can cause neurological problems, or be fatal. Drinking too much water, with insufficient salt intake, puts a person at risk of water intoxication (hyponatremia). Salt is sometimes used as a health aid, such as in treatment of dysautonomia.
Sodium plays a key role in your body. It helps maintain normal blood pressure, supports the work of your nerves and muscles, and regulates your body's fluid balance.
When the sodium levels in your blood become too low, excess water enters your cells and causes them to swell. Swelling in your brain is especially dangerous because the brain is confined by your skull and unable to expand.
Diet. A low-sodium, high-water diet can disturb the proper balance between sodium and fluids in your blood. Excessive intake of diuretics, including beer, can have the same effect.
FDA now reporting 150,000 lives per year could be saved, by just cutting the amount of sodium in processed foods.
Originally posted by Helig
Today it might be salt, but what about when your TV watching is considered unhealthy, would this government step in and turn off your TV subscription (and make you pay the early termination fees) or perhaps kick in your door and simply take the device? What about exercise in this ideal world, would you be forced at gunpoint to run around the block because perhaps you were having a bad day and didn't get your federally mandated daily exercise? Or what about internet usage, would the boot lickers rejoice in having a little black box that limits them to say 15 minutes of restricted and monitored internet usage every day?