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Old 09-28-2013, 21:10   #11
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Anyone who's ever gotten dehydrated in the hot summer sun & gotten their electrolytes out of balance, knows the need for sodium. It's one of the most important minerals in our arsenal & one of the easiest to manage. Troops are issued salt tablets in the tropics for a very good reason.

We don't overdo it, but we sure don't cut back on it - too many times OWC has worked too hard on a hot day & needed help getting into the house to rehydrate & cool off.




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Hmm. Good question, VJ. However, when I went low-sodium, I still ate bread, potatoes, and pasta... I just didn't put salt on them anymore. Of course, now, I don't eat any of these... on the other hand I've been eating lots of bacon, which is salty. I still don't use a salt shaker, though. And the one time I tried regular V8 after having gotten used to the low-sodium variety, it tasted awful.

This is going to require some more thought... my electrolytes and blood pressure were both fine at my last physical (July), so maybe there's some room here to do things like putting salt on my eggs.

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So when the symptoms of high blood pressure went away within two weeks of my slashing my sodium intake, it was either a wild coincidence or my imagination, then.

Sorry, but I am going to have to take that one with a grain of salt.
OR...

You might be one of that tiny minority for whom this correlation holds true. Good for you, but sad for the medical profession as a whole when they give advice which actually applies to less than 10% at most of human beings. And all that testing no doubt involved people eating "normal" diets (high-carb). Among people eating LC/HF, it wouldn't be surprising if the number is zero. High glucose from diet causes sodium retention which is why some people may have to limit sodium from diet, but low-glucose eating would be different.

Overall, low sodium is far more dangerous than high sodium, which makes the non-science-based medical advice all the more dangerous.

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You might be one of that tiny minority for whom this correlation holds true. Good for you
There was an article in the local newspaper some months ago in the Health section, an interview with a cardiologist, who said that he puts all his patients on a low-sodium diet; he said that without exception, the ones with weight management issues all lost weight on a low-sodium diet.

Two caveats here:
1. These were heart patients, not normal healthy people.
2. Low sodium requires avoidance of processed foods because of the high amounts of salt they often contain; no processed food = healthier eating.

Right now, my #1 priority is to get my blood sugar under control, so I am no longer paying much attention to sodium content, especially since my blood pressure seems to be okay now.

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Anyone who's ever gotten dehydrated in the hot summer sun & gotten their electrolytes out of balance, knows the need for sodium.
I am going to have to take your word for it on this one, Shanny. I live in an area where 80įF is considered a very hot day, and we'll get above 90 about once every other year. And on the rare occasions where it does get that hot, I stay indoors as much as possible.

(On the other hand, -40 in the winter is not at all unusual...)

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Right now, my #1 priority is to get my blood sugar under control, so I am no longer paying much attention to sodium content, especially since my blood pressure seems to be okay now.
Wise decision. Controlled blood sugar needs to be #1 priority for all of us . . . once we get that reined in, most everything else seems to fall into place of its own accord.




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Never considered low sodium though I have high blood pressure.

Worth noting that some meds cause low blood sodium resulting in headaches.

A couple of years ago during a period of acute kidney failure, I found it necessary to drastically cut protein - yet another reason for glucose control to be first priority.

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Worth noting that some meds cause low blood sodium resulting in headaches.
I've read that headaches are caused more often by dehydration and lots of water helps, for the brain to 'float' rather than the possibility of it knocking the cavities/walls of the head. It claims that while most would take a tablet with water for the headache, it is in fact the water and not really the tablet helping. Some even believe in drinking it ice cold.

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There was an article in the local newspaper some months ago in the Health section, an interview with a cardiologist, who said that he puts all his patients on a low-sodium diet; he said that without exception, the ones with weight management issues all lost weight on a low-sodium diet.

Two caveats here:
1. These were heart patients, not normal healthy people.
2. Low sodium requires avoidance of processed foods because of the high amounts of salt they often contain; no processed food = healthier eating.

Right now, my #1 priority is to get my blood sugar under control, so I am no longer paying much attention to sodium content, especially since my blood pressure seems to be okay now.
Like those happy people on the first few weeks of Atkins induction, they may have just lost some water:

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People who reduce their salt intake may experience an initial weight loss that is rapid, but limited. Sodium causes a person to retain water, which adds to body weight, Though someone who begins a low-sodium diet may be pleasantly surprised to see a seemingly large weight loss at first, these results typically end once the dieter returns to a regular pattern.
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Reducing dietary glucose via LC/HF eating causes the body to excrete sodium as it should. So, it seems it is the glucose-intensive diet nearly everyone eats today which makes excessive sodium actually and issue for a small percentage of people. People on LC/HF are more likely to have insufficient sodium, one of the causes of "Atkins Flu".

So, in my current lifestyle, excess sodium is not even on the map, but I'd be wary of insufficient sodium, a much more dangerous condition:

Hyponatremia

Pass that salt, please!

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I have always believe in moderation is the key.no high or low in anything. Since , I have follow this rule my life has been good.LIFE IS GOOD!

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