Love, Hate relationship with Salt...

Discussion in 'General Health Forum' started by OldManStrength, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. OldManStrength

    OldManStrength VIP Member

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    So I love my salt, but my doctors told me, my sodium levels are way to high. I drink a gallon of water a day, I work out hard, to the point where I'm soaked, when I'm done. I actually crave salt. I know its not good for me, I know its making me retain water. When I take my socks off, there is the sock ring around my ankles.

    So I gave in, today is my second day with out adding salt to my food. I got to tell you this is harder than I thought it would be. I'm hoping it will just become a habit for me, I'm counting 19 more days and it will become a habit.

    If you guys have any good ideas on what to put on my food, besides salt, all help would me appreciated.

    OMS
     
  2. macgyver

    macgyver TID Board Of Directors

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    What about potassium chloride? (salt substitute) I use it all the time anyway to balance out sodium / potassium intake.

    I dont know your specific medical condition so dont take this advice....but in normal people you can balance out your sodium intake with potassium and not experience negative sides of a high sodium intake. I do it all the time in high salt foods without experiencing bloat. I use them in 50/50 ratio in things like soups...etc.

    Heck, if I had a very high sodium meal, sometimes I will mix tsp of salt substitute and add some drink flavoring and drink it. The leaner I have gotten, the less I "bloat" but it definitely works.
     
  3. goldy

    goldy Chutzpah VIP

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    i feel your pain, i just eat pink Himalayan salt straight....
     
  4. OldManStrength

    OldManStrength VIP Member

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    That would be me, Ill look into Potassium Chloride, see if that might work. In the mean time, today is day 3 with adding salt to my food. I thought I would have cravings by now, but not yet. Keep going and see what happens.
     
  5. Lizard King

    Lizard King Administrator Staff Member

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    Buy bigger socks....;)
     
  6. OldManStrength

    OldManStrength VIP Member

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    WTF why are you the first person to have this amazing Idea, seriously... No one else thought of that
     
  7. enjoy_tren

    enjoy_tren Senior Member

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    Whats your sodium level?
     
  8. ajdonutz

    ajdonutz VIP Member

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    Damn man how much salt were you taking in?
     
  9. OldManStrength

    OldManStrength VIP Member

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    The range is 136 to 144 mine was 146 and flagged as too thigh,

    Well I would cook with salt in everything, and them add more on top of my food. every meal I had I would add salt.

    Well today is day 4 with out adding any salt to my food, I must say its not easy thing, but I have dropped a bunch of water so far. I no longer have the rings around my ankles when I take my socks off, So I don't have to buy bigger socks. :) I am noticing that I look bigger in just 4 day, not because I am, just you can see shit better with out all the water.
     
  10. enjoy_tren

    enjoy_tren Senior Member

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    Thats crazy you have that much water retention only being a few points above normal.
     
  11. OldManStrength

    OldManStrength VIP Member

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    if you look at the range its not that big of a gap, like 10 points if you conciser Im over 2 point of the range. that is like 20% over the acceptable range.
     
  12. OldManStrength

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    General update, Its been a week, since I stopped the salt. That's the only thing that changes. I was 284 Lbs before I started, and Last night I was 273lbs, I think my strength is suffering a little because of it. I have noticed a lot more cramping, in my calves, and other muscles.
     

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