I'de like to get a little something cleared up. What exactly are the negative effects to having an excess of sodium in your body. Say in one day you had a few french fries and then you went on and had some BBQ riblets, both containint high sodium. What are the temporary and permanent effects of this?

And while you guys are at it. Should you just avoid sodium altogether? Or do you need a cerain amount in your body to stay healthy?