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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Overview)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions of the human body.


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What does sodium do to my body and should I take in less everyday?

What does sodium do to my body and should I take in less everyday?

Balance: Sodium in small quantities is an important electrolyte for our bodies. When you eat too much sodium it can cause your body to hold on to more fluid and you can get high blood pressure or swelling. Eating less processed foods and cutting down on tablet salt are good ways to decrease the sodium in your diet. Here's a link to more information: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/sodium/nu00284. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
2,064 Doctors shared insights

Sodium (Overview)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions of the human body.


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How much sodium is in no-salt-added diet if it includes purchased baked goods and processed foods?

How much sodium is in no-salt-added diet if it includes purchased baked goods and processed foods?

1500 mg: 1500 mg is your daily budget. Your food can still taste great. Crank up the flavor by adding more spice to your dish. Example: if you're cooking with garlic, add more garlic than the recipe calls for. You can find more information here: www. Nhlbi. Nih. Gov/health/public/heart/hbp/dash/new_dash. Pdf
congrats on making great changes! ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Sodium (Tip)

Be careful! Salt and sodium are hidden in many foods. ...See more

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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

Speak with a clinical nutritionist
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Can you please describe the breakfast menus I can have for low sodium diet?

Can you please describe the breakfast menus I can have for low sodium diet?

Salt source: While much focus is on the salt we add to cooking or at the table, the majority of our salt comes from processed meats, dairy, and canned goods.
This requires a more committed diet change. See a dietician for more detailed guidelines. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when we have too much sodium in our diet?

Could you tell me what happens when we have too much sodium in our diet?

Water retention: In general our bodies can handle it, but increased sodium also increases water retention. This can worsen high blood pressure, kidney disease, or congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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Sodium (Tip)

Ask your doctor about a salt substitute called "no salt" that does not have sodium in it. ...See more

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Information on methotrexate sodium tabs?

Information on methotrexate sodium tabs?

Ask for injectable: Mtx tabs are 2.5mg. Taken orally, they are in the gut @600x that will be in the blood strea. Absorption is variable-40-90%. Then to the liver which sees 400x that which will be diluted out. None of these are significant issues when given by a weekly subcutaneous injection. Mtx is a valuable drug for inflammatory arthritis, psoriasis, and many autoimmune diseases. I only gibe it subcu! ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Sodium (Tip)

Fresh and fresh-frozen vegetables usually have less sodium than canned vegetables. ...See more

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How long does it take for mylan's generic of Lexapro (escitalopram) to fully work? I've been on it for 1 month & my anxiety is out of control & sodium makes it wors

How long does it take for mylan's generic of Lexapro (escitalopram) to fully work? I've been on it for 1 month & my anxiety is out of control & sodium makes it wors

3-5 weeks or so: 3-4 weeks is common before ssris show clinical effectiveness. Usually a 2-4 week follow up after initial prescription is planned. If symptoms remain severe by that time, worsen, or are out of control, this should be promptly brought to the attention of the prescribing physician. Combination meds and psyhotherapy by a psychologist is often better than either alone. ...Read more

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35/m, ibs. Using sodium picosulfate from 5years. Defecation without this is impossible. Nothing else works. How to reawake normal peristalsis in dead gut.

35/m, ibs. Using sodium picosulfate from 5years. Defecation without this is impossible. Nothing else works. How to reawake normal peristalsis in dead gut.

Colonic inertia: Your gut is not dead, just slow or inertial. In someone with functional constipation, a work-up that includes a sitz mark study to measure a delay in transit, and a defogram to look at the pelvic floor. These will help to better define the constipation, if inertia is the problem, then use of laxatives and adding stimulant suppositories may help. If the problem is evacuation, may need enemas. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Sodium (Tip)

Many convenience foods have low-sodium versions. Cooking from scratch is even better. ...See more

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Can you tell me what is considered safe sodium intake?

Can you tell me what is considered safe sodium intake?

135-145: It depends on what you're heart and kideys can tolerate. You want your blood sodium level to remain within the 135-145 range. If you crave salty foods, chances are your serum sodium level is low. Too little salt or too much water intake can lead to hyponatremia. Signs of too low a sodium include confusion, seizures, muscle weakness etc. Too much sodium leads to edema and congestive heart failure. ...Read more

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How often can I safely ingest docusate sodium?

How often can I safely ingest docusate sodium?

No wrong way.: Very safe up to 4 times per day. Docusate sodium is a soap which is not absorbed. There is no wrong way to take it. If you find that taking it in a certain way is better for you, by all means, continue. ...Read more

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Sodium (Tip)

Start with studying the sodium content of foods you currently eat to get an idea of current usage. ...See more

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Sodium level 130. Is this dangerous. What causes this?

Sodium level 130. Is this dangerous. What causes this?

Possibly.: If it continues to drop it can be very dangerous. There are many causes for low sodium levels which can include medications. You need to talk to you doctor about your sodium levels and if any medications you are on could be causing this and your sodium levels monitored closely to make sure they don't drop any more and if there needs to be a change in your medications or the doses. ...Read more

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Why do we use sodium flouride instead of calcium flouride in our toothpastes, mouthwashes etc? It's much less toxic than sodium flouride.

Not bio-available: The short answer is that calcium Fluoride is so extremely insoluble as to be considered unusable by your body. Sodium and stannous fluorides are able to be broken down and then the fluorides can enter into and bond with the enamel. Enamel is made of a ring of ions and the Fluoride substitutes in the center to form a more stable ring. This new "ring" is more resistant to decay. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Sodium (Tip)

Ask for items like sauces or dressings on the side, so you can eat less sodium. ...See more

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What does it mean to say that someone has a CRITICALLY high level of sodium (sodium 157 mmol/L). does it literally mean life-threatening?

What does it mean to say that someone has a CRITICALLY high level of sodium (sodium 157 mmol/L). does it literally mean life-threatening?

Can be: Complications of severe hypernatremia are primarily related to brain dysfunction. Elevated sodium causes a shift of water ouf of cells which causes cell dehydration and neurologic symptoms. These may lead to seizures coma and permanent brain damage if not treated. Go to your doctor to find out the cause of the elevated serum sodium level and get the levels back to normal under MEDICAL SUPERVISION ...Read more

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Labia minora swell and very painful after a night in the hot tub and sex afterwards with my husband. Did salt bath, now worse with white discharge.

Labia minora swell and very painful after a night in the hot tub and sex afterwards with my husband. Did salt bath, now worse with white discharge.

White discharge.: Dear otter, do you have clumpy, thick vaginal discharge with no odor? Does it cause burning, itching & redness? Note that you you have swelling & pain. One possibility is a yeast infection. Hot tubes can increase risk for developing a yeast infection. Please see your gynecologist to accurately assess this. Take care. ...Read more

Dr. Harold Peltan Dr. Peltan
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Sodium (Tip)

Most U.S. Adults consume over twice the daily recommendation of 1, 500 milligrams of sodium. ...See more

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Can docusate sodium cause a gout like painful reaction?

Can docusate sodium cause a gout like painful reaction?

Not to my knowledge: Common sideeffectsare:palpitations.
Dizziness, fainting.
Abdominal cramping, bloating, excessive bowel activity (eg, griping, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting), flatulence, perianal irritation.
Sweating, weakness. ...Read more

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Just started akendronate sodium, whole body hurts, should I stop taking this?

Just started akendronate sodium, whole body hurts, should I stop taking this?

Yes: Generalized muscle pain is a well known side effect of drugs of this class. Alternatives are available. Speak with a rheumatologist. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn Dr. Fishburn
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Sodium (Tip)

2300mg or less of sodium/day. If >51yrs, <1500mg/day. Don't add salt; avoid salty food; read labels. ...See more

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Is this a normal result: sodium 24 hr urine 129, volume sodium, 24 hr 1175, sodium urine 110 thanks?

Is this a normal result: sodium 24 hr urine 129, volume sodium, 24 hr 1175, sodium urine 110 thanks?

Yes: Thetest is often used to determine your hydration status and your kidney's ability to conserve or remove sodium from the urine. Normal values are generally 40 to 220 milliequivalents per liter per day (meq/l/day), depending on how much fluid and salt you consume. ...Read more

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What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

What is combined levels of high potassium and low sodium mean?

Nephrologist: Low sodium and high potassium means either there is dehydration as in severe diarrhea or overhydration, excess fluid as in heart failure. This electrolyte abnormality is a complex physiological derangement, which is usually best dealt by a nephrologist. ...Read more

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Sodium (Tip)

The vast majority of sodium in the typical diet comes from processed foods. ...See more

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What diseases can be caused by high sodium diet?

What diseases can be caused by high sodium diet?

High salt diet: HTN, heart failure, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, hardening of the arteries, maybe asthma, gastric cancer, osteoporosis, headache, blindness from HTN early death, spending a larger part of your life disabled from the complications of CVD. To mention a few. How to avoid. I recommend the DASH Diet. ISBN: 0-7434-1007-6
Kindle Book-13: 978-1-43914-059-8
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Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

Is there a treatment for hyponatremia (low sodium)?

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 more