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    Is sodium bad?

    ie some texas pete on boiled eggs, or anything else we do to make our sometimes bland food more enjoyable?
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    Originally Posted by dbhillbb View Post
    ie some texas pete on boiled eggs, or anything else we do to make our sometimes bland food more enjoyable?
    Bad how? As in, will you wake up dead tomorrow? Unless you have a preexisting health condition - namely, some sort of cardiac disease - I don't think it will be drastically detrimental to your health. I believe it can exacerbate blood pressure problems, but if you're a pretty fit, healthy person, there probably aren't many health issues worth worrying about.

    The more obvious problem is that sodium causes you to retain water. So, you may find that a diet high in sodium makes you look or feel "bloated." But I've never watched my sodium intake all too closely, and I probably consume significantly more than the recommended amount (I'm a fan of Buffalo sauce, myself), and it doesn't bother me. Your mileage may vary.
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    Originally Posted by KublaiKhan View Post
    Bad how? As in, will you wake up dead tomorrow? Unless you have a preexisting health condition - namely, some sort of cardiac disease - I don't think it will be drastically detrimental to your health. I believe it can exacerbate blood pressure problems, but if you're a pretty fit, healthy person, there probably aren't many health issues worth worrying about.

    The more obvious problem is that sodium causes you to retain water. So, you may find that a diet high in sodium makes you look or feel "bloated." But I've never watched my sodium intake all too closely, and I probably consume significantly more than the recommended amount (I'm a fan of Buffalo sauce, myself), and it doesn't bother me. Your mileage may vary.
    this ^ I recommend using Sea Salt
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    drink a lot of water and youll be fine
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    Awesome! thanks guys
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    Sodium is not evil, contrary to my past beliefs. I began limiting my sodium intake after reading the dangers associated with high sodium consumption. I was to the point where I was consuming about 500 grams less than the recommended amount. I was also exercising profusely and drinking lots of water. Guess what...I wound up in the emergency room because of a severe electrolyte imbalance. Moral of the story is you shouldn't worry about your sodium intake as long as you are healthy and active and don't have any pre-existing conditions. Also like the poster above me recommended, use celtic sea salt (big gray crystals) instead of regular table salt.
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    Ive heard sodium makes you feel bloated...is this true? I hate that feeling so lately Ive been tryin to watch my sodium intake.
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    Originally Posted by j0nes32 View Post
    Ive heard sodium makes you feel bloated...is this true? I hate that feeling so lately Ive been tryin to watch my sodium intake.
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    Not only is it not bad, it's essential to your life. ESPECIALLY if you're sweating your ass off and losing electrolytes in the gym.
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    Too much is bad but extra potassium will balance it out. Unfortunately most people consume tons of sodium and very little potassium. Also working out and sweating can allow you to handle more.
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    a can of corned beef hash has something like 1000mg of sodium in it. delicious! And as The-Dream would say, "sweat it out" later ... sodium isn't bad tho. just don't over do it... too much of anything isn't necessarily good for you.
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    you need a little over 2000mg of sodium a day...you pretty much get that by foods you eat alone WITHOUT adding extra salt...i dont add salt on anything, i get enough sodium with the foods i eat
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    I used to watch it while I was on EC stack but now I throw some on my eggs when I cook them and dont worry too much about it.
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