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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Dietary Sodium (Overview)

Dietary sodium is a necessary electrolyte. However, minimal amounts of sodium is needed each day because our kidneys are very good at holding onto it. On the other hand, a diet that is too high in sodium can cause high blood pressure because the excess sodium causes fluid retention, which increases the amount of blood in our blood vessels and hence increases its pressure.


Dr. Lonnie Smith
11 doctors shared insights

Dietary Sodium (Overview)

Dietary sodium is a necessary electrolyte. However, minimal amounts of sodium is needed each day because our kidneys are very good at holding onto it. On the other hand, a diet that is too high in sodium can cause high blood pressure because the excess sodium causes fluid retention, which increases the amount of blood in our blood vessels and hence increases its pressure.


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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

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Eating a Low-Sodium Diet (Checklist)

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Is it ok I am taking bone-up superior calcium formula is a dietary supplement. Taking this instead of the medication alendronate sodium tablets 70 mg?

Is it ok I am taking bone-up superior calcium formula is a dietary supplement. Taking this instead of the medication alendronate sodium tablets 70 mg?

Osteopenia: Calcium is commonly not an issue as dietary calcium is often sufficient with most people's daily dietary intake. More commonly, osteopenia/osteoporosis is correlated with vitamin d deficiency. I'd have your calcium and vitamin d levels checked. Resistance exercises also help build stronger bones. There are side-effects to bisphosphonate therapy, but believed that their benefits outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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Taking Divalproex sodium DR 250mg. I'm only taking it once a day only at night. Is that okay? Is that bad only taking it once a day instead of two?

Taking Divalproex sodium DR 250mg. I'm only taking it once a day only at night. Is that okay? Is that bad only taking it once a day instead of two?

Comments: You provide no clue as to why you are taking Divalproex sodium, but once daily in the non-ER form could well be insufficient to control your problem beyond half a day. Suggest Concierge visit to get this ironed out. ...Read more

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I have tn i was on trilepal first it depleted my sodium. I'm on gabapintin and dilanta .Their putting me on low does of tegroel . Will this depleted s?

I have tn i was on trilepal first it depleted my sodium. I'm on gabapintin and dilanta .Their putting me on low does of tegroel . Will this depleted s?

Low sodium: The incidence of low-sodium with tegretol is significantly lower then the incidence of low-sodium with trileptal.(na+ ?134 meq/l) was 29.9% among oxc-treated patients and 13.5% among cbz-treated patients (p < 0.0001). Hyponatremia (na+ ?128 meq/l) was severe: 12.4% of oxc-treated patients and 2.8% of cbz-treated patients (p < 0.001).www.neurology.org/content/65/12/1976.abstract best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm on Trileptal my sodium is 128 is that low enough i sure be concerned.

I'm on Trileptal my sodium is 128 is that low enough i sure be concerned.

Side effect: Trileptal causes many adverse effects and low sodium is but one. There are many far better anti-epileptic drugs with fewer side effects. Is there a specific reason you should be on trileptal, other than fact it is generic and cheap? Discuss with your doctor, but you are not in any imminent danger yet. Do weigh the benefits and risks and make decision. ...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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If i'm allergic to sulfa drugs, could i be allergic to sodium cetostearyl sulphate?

Sulfa allergy?: Not all sulfas cross react. Sulfa antibiotics do not cross react with most other sulfa drugs. Of course you could develop a second allergy though it is unlikely. ...Read more

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I'm 54 yrs and my doc said I have low blood sodium. What can cause this besides medications?

I'm 54 yrs and my doc said I have low blood sodium. What can cause this besides medications?

Hypoactive thyroid: Is another possible reason if all the medications have been excluded. Have your doctor check TSH level. ...Read more

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What is a good low side effect med for trilegimal neruigia .. I'm on Trileptal now but it's delepingy sodium..

What is a good low side effect med for trilegimal neruigia .. I'm on Trileptal now but it's delepingy sodium..

Lots of choices.: Medications might include Carbamazepine (like trileptal), neuron tin, lyrica, (pregabalin) baclofen, cymbalta, but also maybe, lamotrigine, tricyclic antidepressants. Better yet might be a needle directed balloon decompression of the exit foramen in the skull. Your neurologist can assist in redirecting your therapy. ...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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Something wrong with eating 1/2 cup sodium free beans (black, kidney, garbanzo, pinto) a day? I'm 18 5'9 male 166 lbs high bodyfat , tryin 2 lose lbs.

Something wrong with eating 1/2 cup sodium free beans (black, kidney, garbanzo, pinto) a day? I'm 18 5'9 male 166 lbs high bodyfat , tryin 2 lose lbs.

Excellent choice: Beans are an excellent food for trying to lose weight because they make you feel full and are a great source for many vitamins and minerals. ...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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I have been having pain in the back of my head on the left & right side for the past 3 days around 6/7. I'm not a headache person, and my sodium is low?

I have been having pain in the back of my head on the left & right side for the past 3 days around 6/7. I'm not a headache person, and my sodium is low?

Need work-up: A new-onset headache in a middle-aged person (sorry) always alarms physicians. See your doctor right away so he or she can evaluate you and determine what tests you need to have, including whether you need an MRI or ct scan. ...Read more

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If the sardines i'm eating says the ingrediants are just sardines, water, and crustaceans then there isn't much sodium is there? Or is there?

If the sardines i'm eating says the ingrediants are just sardines, water, and crustaceans then there isn't much sodium is there? Or is there?

Sardines: I would look at the nutrition label. It usually states the sodium content there. Sarddines are typically salty. ...Read more

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Is low sodium 132 bad?

Not necessarily: It's lower than normal range, and should be rechecked in the next month, but if there are no symptoms likely not worrisome. Some medicines can affect, as well as other conditions, for some people this is normal. ...Read more

Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Sodium (Definition)

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