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Anyone feel better after including more sodium in diet?

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Created February 22, 2011 at 8:16 AM

I recently watched a video from the WPF in which a speaker denounced the restriction of sodium intake in modern diets. I can't seem to find a link, so I apologize. But out of curiosity, has anyone noticed any positive effects of upping sodium levels in their diet?

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on December 06, 2011
at 10:05 PM

I salt the shit out of everything I eat.

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on December 06, 2011
at 08:04 PM

It didn't horrify me. healingnaturallybybee.com recommends eating 1 1/2 teaspoon every day. And it helped quite a lot of people.

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on December 06, 2011
at 08:00 PM

It could very well be possible that including sodium solved my loose stools.

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on August 18, 2011
at 09:21 PM

there is actually quite a lot of evidence showing that the recommendations to cut down salt intake are pointless and possibly harmful. I still avoid refined table salt at all costs but with 'real' salt I don't see any reason to reduce it, and on a paleo diet I think there is plenty of reason to add it in.

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on August 18, 2011
at 09:05 PM

That's a great idea! I do triathlons, and I tried cutting out salt. I lasted a week before I started cramping. Salt is my favorite spice so I was glad I could add it back in. I will keep doing triathlons just so I can continue eating salt. Lol...probably backwards thinking but whatev!

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on February 22, 2011
at 08:03 PM

That's the one. Thanks, Logan!

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on February 22, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Hmm, interesting. Thank you for sharing!

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on February 22, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Before cutting salt, my sources were table salt, sea salt, and the salt in packaged foods. I cut table salt and packaged foods out, which I assume uses table salt. I was still using sea salt when these symptoms developed, although in very small quantities. When I added table salt back into the mix is when they went away. I also eat seafood very rarely.

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on February 22, 2011
at 05:45 PM

I think you are absolutely correct on both points, Yoannah.

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on February 22, 2011
at 05:37 PM

Well, this might horrify some people, and I can only say that it works for me, but I usually put a level 1/4 teaspoonful of unrefined salt into a 9oz cup of water. My adrenals have been damaged by a lifetime of extreme emotional stress. Btw, I test my BP at the drugstore from time to time, and my blood pressure is normal.

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on February 22, 2011
at 04:20 PM

What ratio of salt to water do you use, or is it more like a pinch or two?

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on February 22, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Were you using iodized table salt before? I have only ever used sea salt which I am pretty sure contains hardly any iodine. Just curious as if you were using unrefined sea salt, and this was the only change, I would be surprised if it was iodine deficiency.

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on February 22, 2011
at 01:07 PM

http://blip.tv/file/4770667?utm_source=player_embedded this is that link.

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on February 22, 2011
at 10:05 AM

I believe I noticed a difference. I cook all my food from scratch and went for a period of around three weeks without seasoning anything (no salt or pepper). I started to get muscle spasms which were not extreme but distracting enough to become a nuisance. As soon as I reintroduced sea salt they went away. I notice now that if I go a couple of days without seasoning anything the spasms come back.

Plus salt makes everything taste better ;-).

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on February 22, 2011
at 02:21 PM

Drinking salted water has helped me overcome adrenal fatigue. I judge whether on not to salt my water simply by how I am feeling at the time. I also use lots of unrefined salt in cooking and on my food.

1acc4ee9381d9a8d998b59915b3f997e

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on February 22, 2011
at 05:37 PM

Well, this might horrify some people, and I can only say that it works for me, but I usually put a level 1/4 teaspoonful of unrefined salt into a 9oz cup of water. My adrenals have been damaged by a lifetime of extreme emotional stress. Btw, I test my BP at the drugstore from time to time, and my blood pressure is normal.

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on February 22, 2011
at 07:15 PM

Hmm, interesting. Thank you for sharing!

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on February 22, 2011
at 04:20 PM

What ratio of salt to water do you use, or is it more like a pinch or two?

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on December 06, 2011
at 08:04 PM

It didn't horrify me. healingnaturallybybee.com recommends eating 1 1/2 teaspoon every day. And it helped quite a lot of people.

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on February 23, 2011
at 04:59 AM

Experts (the ones that truly study salt and health) suggest that maybe only 3% percent of the population seriously needs to restrict intake for health reasons. But most peope's kidneys can easily regulate body salt levels. Taubes did a big article on salt and also said for most people, salt intake is not a prob. Personally, I never saw any reason to cut it out of my diet, although by not eating processed foods, my salt intake has probably dropped a lot from prepaleo days. However, I still salt to taste on my cooked food like meat and taters. Interestingly, I find that my taste for salt tends to wax and wane (speaking of that cyclical eating thread that was just posted!) and I salt accordingly. Also up for consideration, the amount of salt present in sweat varies drastically between individuals. THose with salty sweat may find they have much higher salt needs than others. Salt is, after all, an essential electrolyte and you even have a salt receptor on your tongue and a natural liking for it. Since salt is as old as dirt, plentiful, easy to process, one of the best preservatives and one of the oldest trade goods, IMO, salt is probably not the big bugaboo that we are often led to believe. After all, those early studies on 'the dangers of salt' back in the 50s which started the whole salt phobia thing were actually done on patients with severe kidney problems so I don't think those results ever should have been extrapolated to the whole population.

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on February 22, 2011
at 04:12 PM

If I remember correctly, salt helps stay hydrated. It might be incorrect, but I remember being told to eat salty crackers/pretzels on hikes when drinking, to help the water "stay in". When on paleo, we don't eat the extreme level of sodium that SAD-ers do, as most processed food is artificially packed with it. That's why I use salt (himalayan) whenever I want and as much as I want (well, to be honest I always did).

I think salt also helps with optimizing mineral levels in blood, but darn, can't remember exactly.

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on February 22, 2011
at 05:45 PM

I think you are absolutely correct on both points, Yoannah.

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on February 22, 2011
at 03:01 PM

As an endurance athlete (cyclist) I almost always put salt into my water bottles and feel much better. I use himalayn crystal salt.

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on August 18, 2011
at 09:21 PM

there is actually quite a lot of evidence showing that the recommendations to cut down salt intake are pointless and possibly harmful. I still avoid refined table salt at all costs but with 'real' salt I don't see any reason to reduce it, and on a paleo diet I think there is plenty of reason to add it in.

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on August 18, 2011
at 09:05 PM

That's a great idea! I do triathlons, and I tried cutting out salt. I lasted a week before I started cramping. Salt is my favorite spice so I was glad I could add it back in. I will keep doing triathlons just so I can continue eating salt. Lol...probably backwards thinking but whatev!

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on December 06, 2011
at 07:54 PM

The move to paleo meant a drop in salt intake, even though I salted things to taste- processed crap has a lot of sodium in it. Eventually, I began to notice I felt better with more salt. I now put a pinch of salt in when brewing coffee or tea. I even put some in water at times, as well as salting most of my food. Or just toss a few flakes into my mouth.

In fact, I've got a box of salt sitting on my desk at work.

So here is my just-so, paleo-ish explanation: when it comes to salt think about deer at a salt lick. Then think about what they'd do if they had hands! In this case our ancestors are more likely to be like modern deer, than modern day anthropological researchers who've been hearing all sorts of terrible things about salt for most of their adult life.

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on December 06, 2011
at 07:07 PM

I only recently began introducing salt into my diet after my doctor called and discussed with me the concern of being at risk of developing hyponatremia from the lack of sodium in my body. I attribute the blood results to my primal lifestyle and dietary habits but now as I have included a bit more sodium, I've noticed slight improvement with both cognitive and physical performance on a daily basis.

I understand the concern for dietary needs but I feel that a majority of the time, we often neglect and forget the fact that we are a living, breathing, and fuel functioning machine under the mechanics known as homeostasis. We strive for optimum health through providing our bodies with both physical and nutritional luxuries such as fancy gym memberships, grass fed meats, non-GMO produce, toting around the environmentally friendly grocery totes, etc. but aside from how we accomplish these things, we need to focus on the WHY? Why do we do a, b, c, and d? With that being said, in regards to sodium I feel that we need to brush up on the fact that as paleos we do not meet the SAD quota of taking in more salt than a salt shelter used for when there is significant ice on the roads contains. A small dash of sodium long term is beneficial for us and if you still struggle with the sodium issue, please feel free to pass me your salt shaker on the left hand side. Thanks! :)

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:45 PM

I feel better with additional salt in my diet. Interestingly, I find sea salt and himalayan salt very tasty, but dislike the taste of normal table salt.

My psychobio professor in college told us that approximately a third of the population has too much sodium, a third too little, and a third just right. When I got my sodium and potassium levels checked, I was at the very low end of the range, so I figure there's good reason that salting my food makes it taste better. I recommend getting a nutrient panel bloodtest done. My doctor didn't hesitate to tack it on, so it maybe isn't expensive.

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on February 23, 2011
at 05:00 AM

I used to salt everything in my SAD days but after cleaning up my diet I reduced and eventually stopped with the table salt. One thing I began to notice was the effects of low blood pressure. While in bed if I turned my head to the left slightly a wave of dizziness would quickly wash over me. Only last a few seconds. Also when I'd lie down under the car for example I would get dizzy for a while. I then got some sea salt in a grinder and these symptoms almost immediately disappeared. I now salt some things but not nearly as much as I used too.

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on February 22, 2011
at 06:43 PM

I am a simple soul- I cook everything from scratch - all grass fed I do not add salt when cooking but do on the plate - It tastes so much better. I am sure I could go without if the dangers were proved as being more than a temporary BP rise. UK side we are advised not to exceed 6gms per day- I believein US and Canada it is much less.

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on February 22, 2011
at 06:17 PM

Salt is only a danger for people who already have fructose-induced hypertension. In those cases, it could be enough to push them into a danger zone. When I cut all fructose out of my diet, my blood pressure dropped way down to like 108/65 and that's with me salting everything I make. I make 95% of my meals from scratch, so I think even though I salt everything, it's still less salt than if I were going to restaurants or buying processed food.

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on February 22, 2011
at 02:25 PM

I cut out salt for a while and noticed some changes that corresponded with iodine deficiency. I never got tested, so I don't know if that's what it was, but as soon as I started using salt again those symptoms went away.

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on February 22, 2011
at 06:44 PM

Before cutting salt, my sources were table salt, sea salt, and the salt in packaged foods. I cut table salt and packaged foods out, which I assume uses table salt. I was still using sea salt when these symptoms developed, although in very small quantities. When I added table salt back into the mix is when they went away. I also eat seafood very rarely.

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on February 22, 2011
at 02:51 PM

Were you using iodized table salt before? I have only ever used sea salt which I am pretty sure contains hardly any iodine. Just curious as if you were using unrefined sea salt, and this was the only change, I would be surprised if it was iodine deficiency.

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on February 22, 2011
at 01:17 PM

I went for over a year eating no salt except for occasional restaurant meals. In January, I thought that I might be having adrenal issues, and started adding (sea) salt to my food in small amounts. It certainly didn't hurt anything. It may have helped, since my pupils stay constricted better now than they did before, but I'm also drinking copious amount of licorice tea, and taking more vitamin C and magnesium.

By the way, I didn't think that added sodium was unhealthy, it was just part of my experiment to minimize additives and get in touch with true hunger. I do find that I tend to eat more food when it is seasoned, just for the taste of it.

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on February 22, 2011
at 08:36 AM

I removed strictly salt from my diet for a while, but it seemed to make no visible difference health-wise. A positive effect of using salt is that food tastes better.

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