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Doctor insights on: Dietary Guidelines For Sodium Intake Per Day

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

It's an element that is important in the cell functions ...Read more


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How can you balance dietary sodium intake with the intake of potassium?

How can you balance dietary sodium intake with the intake of potassium?

More fruit in diet: You can eat more fruits rich in potassium such as tomatoes oranges bananas. The dash diet is good on outlining this ...Read more

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I'm drinking 70 oz water per day and feel lightheaded. Should I increase my sodium intake to prevent feeling this way? Thanks!

I'm drinking 70 oz water per day and feel lightheaded.  Should I increase my sodium intake to prevent feeling this way?  Thanks!

Don't drink so much: It is hard to speculate on whether sodium intake should be increased without doing bloodwork.I find your water intake excessive and suggest you gradually cut back to the point you only need to pee every 6-8 hours.If you have diabetes insipidus or other medical problem requiring extra fluid intake, get in to see your doc and find a way to regulate your symptoms. ...Read more

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Why am I gaining weight on Lasix? My calorie intake is 900 to 1500 per day. My sodium intake is 600 - 900 milligrams per day.

Why am I gaining weight on Lasix? My calorie intake is 900 to 1500 per day. My sodium intake is 600  - 900 milligrams per day.

Weight gain: Why are you taking lasix? In determining your proper intake of daily calories, one has to know what your ideal weight,present weight and level of daily physical activity are. If you are currently at ideal weight and don't expend much energy in your daily activities,then a daily intake of 1200-1500 calories should prevent weight gain. This amount of calories may be too much if you're very inactive. ...Read more

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My sodium intake is around 4, 000-4, 500 mg a day. Is this harmful?

My sodium intake is around 4, 000-4, 500 mg a day. Is this harmful?

Probably not: Most people with normally functioning kidneys can handle large amounts of sodium (you are ingesting the equivalent of 1 ramen noodle package per day), however, if you have any tendency towards hypertension you may increase the likelihood of hypertension and its long term consequences. ...Read more

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Can low sodium intake (<1500mg/day) lead to fluid retention?

Can low sodium intake (<1500mg/day) lead to fluid retention?

No, not low sodium.: High (not low) sodium intake will lead to fluid retention. If you are retaining fluid and following a low salt diet, there may be other causes that need to be investigated, such as kidney, heart, liver, thyroid health. Malnutrition can also lead to fluid retention as can blood clots or leaky veins. Check with your doctor who can examine you and order the appropriate tests. ...Read more

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How do I lower my sodium intake when high-salt foods are part of my family s food traditions?

How do I lower my sodium intake when high-salt foods are part of my family s food traditions?

Salt and family: Minimize portions of the salty foods when served; have conversations about salt with family members; ask for salt substitutes in cooking, such as onion salt or MRS DASH. Do not add salt; if you need a special taste, use MRS DASH products. ...Read more

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I'm trying to cut my sodium intake, how long before water retension gets less?

I'm trying to cut my sodium intake, how long before water retension gets less?

Less water retention: One cannot say how long it will take you to mobilize your edema. It depends on what caused it. Was it due to a low serum albumin, heart or kidney disease, or varicose veins, among others? You should see a physician to assess your issue and provide answers and a treatment plan. You should weigh yourself daily and if you are gaining weight daily, you are retaining fluid, the conserve is also true. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to what is considered safe sodium intake?

I'm curious as to what is considered safe sodium intake?

It varies: People with congestive heart failure, or hypertension, chronic kidney disease need to be on a low sodium diet, usually 4000 mg or less per day. Other folks need not be so restiricted. High na intake may be required in some heavy perspiration situations. (gatoraid) so that a "safe' dose is not the same for everyone. In what context is your question framed.? ...Read more

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Do I need to worry about my sodium intake if I'm only in my twenties?

Do I need to worry about my sodium intake if I'm only in my twenties?

Good habits start: early. Your body can currently compensate for a high sodium diet but its not something you want to keep up. Everything should be in moderation. But, the fact that you took the time to ask this question means that you are thinking about what you eat which will serve you well. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm trying to reduce sodium intake. I read that 1 Cup serving with 100mg sodium is LESS than 6oz with 60mg. Why? How do i know what's lower?

I'm trying to reduce sodium intake. I read that 1 Cup serving with 100mg sodium is LESS than 6oz with 60mg. Why? How do i know what's lower?

It is not less.: The milligrams are as printed. Perhaps the serving size of the 6oz was two (2) 6oz portions (which would make it 120mg which IS greater than 100mg.) ...Read more

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I'm pretty conscious of sodium intake. But, if I eat our or something I get double or more. Question is how long does it take to clear out of my syst?

I'm pretty conscious of sodium intake. But, if I eat our or something I get double or more. Question is how long does it take to clear out of my syst?

The Bloat Boat: Assuming you have normally functioning kidneys, you'll probably increase your water intake to help dilute the salt (hence, why women freak-out on the bloat) then get rid of the salt and water through the kidneys. That's a very simple explanation. Should take no longer than 12-24 hours or less, depends on your physiology. But over a long time all that salt could get you and your kidneys in trouble. ...Read more

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What risks are associated with high daily sodium intake over time?

High sodium intake: Patients who ingest a high sodium (na) diet run the risk of developing hypertension due to the retention of water caused by a high na intake. You are 36 years old and may not have high blood pressure (hbp). See your diet to get a diet that is not na rich and you may be able to delay your entry into a hypertensive state. If you need flavoring for your diet, try onion or garlic powder or pepper. ...Read more

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Who should limit their sodium intake?

Who should limit their sodium intake?

Cardiacs, kidney: Patients with disease related to the heart, blood pressure and kidney disease, have sodium problems and have to carefully watch their intake to assist management of these conditions. Some consider careful management of sodium intake useful for all adults. ...Read more

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How will sodium intake affect dieting?

How will sodium intake affect dieting?

Weight loss: Less salt intake less fluid retention less weight on scale. ...Read more

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How does high sodium intake result in oedema?

How does high sodium intake result in oedema?

Salt edema: 41 F from Tx asks: How does high sodium intake result in oedema? When you retain salt you retain water. Salt + water retained = edema. I recommend ISBN: 0-7434-1007-6 Kindle Book-13: 978-1-43914-059-8 to treat high salt edema if you Drs OKs. ...Read more

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Can blood draws tell one needs to reduce sodium intake?

Can blood draws tell one needs to reduce sodium intake?

Probably not: Because dehydration can also lead to elevated sodium levels in your blood. It's the low sodium levels that are concerning. If you're healthy, your sense of thirst will lead you to self correct elevated sodium levels. Usually chronic high salt intake can elevate your blood pressure, because although the concentration of salt in your blood is normal, increased salt increases blood volume. ...Read more

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What does a high sodium intake do to water in your body?

What does a high sodium intake do to water in your body?

Retains the water: High levels of sodium will retain water in your system, which is why some athletes will take salt tablets prior to sports if they are playing in high heat, as in texas. ...Read more

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How do you calculate sodium intake for certain age & size of people?

You don't: 2 grams of sodium is severe restriction. 4 grams of sodium is mild restriction. 6-8 grams is normal. 10 or more is excessive. Since you have no way to measure exactly how much sodium you're eating, there's no point outside of a research lab to try to follow an exact measure of sodium. A good rule of thumb is to avoid adding extra salt at the table if possible and avoid salty foods (like chips). ...Read more

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