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Eating A Low Sodium Diet
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
The daily recommendation on a normal diet is 1, 400mg of sodium~~~how much should you have on a low sodium diet?
Coffee: does not have much sodium in it. It has potassium, which is not sodium and helps regulate nerve/muscle tone. There isn't much of a restriction based on the sodium. Often people have limits on how much fluid. Typically about 1 to 2 liters a day and the coffee can be a lot of all the fluid they should take in... so... 300 cc... 1-2 cups if fluid restriction. ...Read more
Different approach: It's very hard to measure the sodium in your diet outside of a research protocol. Try this instead: never add salt at the table unless you've tasted it and you have to have it. Avoid known salty foods like potato chips, pretzels and salted nuts. Be careful about fast food and convenience foods which tend to be salty. Follow these steps and you'll be on the best low salt diet that's reasonable ...Read more
I eat a low sodium diet- I keep it well under 1000 mg a day yet my sodium tests come out 139-145. Is this indicative of a problem? Not dehydrated.
Gravity: Your fingers always get larger when you lie down as fluid redistributes. When you stand gravity pulls excess fluid in your body down into your legs. When you lay down that fluid then seeks out the new lowest part of your body. Part of the reason you swell may be due to the reason you are on a low sodium diet. ...Read more
Sodium. Good for your heart/bp or bad? I've heard varying reports saying there is no evidence that a low sodium diet is good. So, which is it?
Is it unhealthy to eat a very low sodium diet? I am a keeping track of my sodium intake, and it is less than 500mg daily.
That is not easy..: Your body actually needs to have adequate amount of sodium to function normally and so too low can cause significant problems such as seizure, weakness, paralysis etc...500mg/day is actually a very difficult if not impossible task to achieve...As most food u eat contains some sodium..Just not known to you. The current rec is about 2500mg/day for the average joe...Good luck... ...Read more
Once someone with diabetes insipidus begins treatment are they able to resume a diet with moderate sodium (after being on a very low sodium diet)?
I'd still restrict. : Di results in inappropriate water loss in the urine. As long as you have free access to water, you shouldn't run into any serious problems, but even with specific treatment, modestly restricting your salt and protein intake can lessen the thirst sensation and subsequently the volume of urine you will make. That means less trips to the bathroom. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can the hypernatremia of diabetes insipidus be disguised as normal serum sodium due to extreme low sodium diet for many years?
What causes tightness at the back of the tongue? It's also enlarged. No symptoms of LPR and have low-sodium diet and tight neck.
Can I take vitamin C pills (always made of sodium/potassium bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) ascorbate, benzoate...) w. pulmonary hypertension requiring low sodium diet?
Yes, however...: I strongly advise you take Vitamin C, ideally 1000 mg 2-3x/day, but you should try to find forms without sodium. I don't know what's available in Denmark, but in the US you can find ascorbic acid, or calcium or magnesium ascorbate without sodium. Lypo-spheric Vit. C is esp. well-absorbed,but has 120 mg of sodium, but a low sodium diet usually allows 2000mg/day. Vit. C is best with bioflavonoids. ...Read more
Multiple: There are many different types of treatment. However the treatment varies depending on what type of hyponatremia you have. If you have hyponatremia from dehydration, you must have a liquids that have salt (ckn broth or normal saline) in them. If you had hyponatremia because you retain too much fluid, then you must use a water pill to get rid of the excess water and improve your serum sodium. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer