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borcic0
04-23-2014, 07:00 PM
Hey guys, not sure why but when I decided to cut I reduced the amount of sodium (salt) I was consuming and ever since I started eating more I have had better workouts just my lips are getting dry. I have done some research and found out too much salt isn't that bad especially for an athlete or someone who is active (I workout 4 times a week), im just getting a bit bloated and retaining some water but from what i've read that dissapates in a couple of days because your body is adjusting to increased sodium levels.


My question is should I be drinking more water if Im increasing my salt/sodium intake or is it okay to leave it the same? I am drinking roughly anywhere from 12-18 cups a day , workout 4 times a week, usually do 30 mins of cardio with each session, and im not active at all during the day my desk job is very slow paced and any activity is through the gym.

theeberk226
04-23-2014, 09:11 PM
Hey guys, not sure why but when I decided to cut I reduced the amount of sodium (salt) I was consuming and ever since I started eating more I have had better workouts just my lips are getting dry. I have done some research and found out too much salt isn't that bad especially for an athlete or someone who is active (I workout 4 times a week), im just getting a bit bloated and retaining some water but from what i've read that dissapates in a couple of days because your body is adjusting to increased sodium levels.


My question is should I be drinking more water if Im increasing my salt/sodium intake or is it okay to leave it the same? I am drinking roughly anywhere from 12-18 cups a day , workout 4 times a week, usually do 30 mins of cardio with each session, and im not active at all during the day my desk job is very slow paced and any activity is through the gym.

I don't see a reason to intake any more water - 18 cups is over a gallon, so that's enough. As for increasing your salt intake, I couldn't disagree with you more. Sodium is one of the minerals that we all get too much of (usually) and it directly attributed to increase blood pressure and atherosclerosis. For a country with heart diseases being the #1 killer, you can understand why I am totally against increasing sodium intake for any reason.

tbarabash
04-23-2014, 09:14 PM
Honestly sodium isn't cared about much in the health care world. More and more info coming out that it doesn't have that drastic an effect on bp or cardiac function. Only in our cardiac ICU at my hospital do we limit sodium intake. Even with a huge intake of sodium systolic BP usually increases no more than 10mmhg.

theeberk226
04-23-2014, 10:56 PM
Honestly sodium isn't cared about much in the health care world. More and more info coming out that it doesn't have that drastic an effect on bp or cardiac function. Only in our cardiac ICU at my hospital do we limit sodium intake. Even with a huge intake of sodium systolic BP usually increases no more than 10mmhg.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3568659/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257699/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2921029/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3549053/

You're trying to debate something that has been proven true by hundreds of peer-reviewed studies with no evidence.

borcic0
04-24-2014, 08:59 AM
Ive went through endless amounts of threads both on here and the internet, and have seen studies (ill try and find link, one by harvard in 1990 for active individuals) stating that sodium intake upwards to 8000+ is not bad for your health. Its bad when your not active sitting around. Considering I sweat alot , i know im losing sodium in my sweat.

T-Nation (though not a scientific type of website) Power of salt-salt as your secret weapon is a good read.. Funny how I increase salt intake and all my lifts go up... cardio remains the same. I just want to see what others say on the forum