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excess salt = stiff hands?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 04, 2011 at 3:19 AM

My friend says if he eats a salty meal, like sushi with soy sauce, or proscuitto or sausage, his hands feel different - not sore, but like it's harder to grip his water glass. I've never heard of this before. What's the science behind it?

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on December 06, 2011
at 10:17 PM

Soy makes my joints hurt just thinking about!

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on December 04, 2011
at 04:50 PM

And if he has any inclination towards autoimmune inflammatory type arthritis any and all of these can contribute to exacerbating that condition....ditch the soy sauce and only eat sausage or proscuitto that you know source and ingredients do not contain MSG or other offenders.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on December 04, 2011
at 04:49 PM

And if he has any inclination towards autoimmune inflammatory type arthritis any and all of these can contribute to exacerbating that condition....ditch he soy, only eat sausage or proscuittothat you know source and ingredients do not contain MSG or other offenders.

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on December 04, 2011
at 03:25 AM

But would it be such an immediate effect? I asked him if they got swollen, like from water retention, but he said no.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on December 07, 2011
at 12:19 AM

I agree with Loon--when I had those symptoms I thought it might be salt but they went away when I stopped eating wheat; my salt intake was also lower, so I can't be 100% sure but ancestral eating is definitely a cure for me.

When I first saw this question I assumed your friend must be eating the SAD, because ancestral eating is a very low sodium regime in comparison.

Since we're eating whole meats, fruits and vegetables the salt we take is in limited to whatever we add. I know uncured bacon is salty so when I have it I don't salt the meal and 2 slices of it is still a reasonable sodium intake. I rarely eat other processed meats.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on December 04, 2011
at 04:46 PM

Those items have much worse offending factors than the salt. Soy sauce can especially has all kinds of nasty stuff. Between that and the sausage he could be dosing with soy, weat, MSG, and sugar along with the salt.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on December 04, 2011
at 04:49 PM

And if he has any inclination towards autoimmune inflammatory type arthritis any and all of these can contribute to exacerbating that condition....ditch he soy, only eat sausage or proscuittothat you know source and ingredients do not contain MSG or other offenders.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on December 04, 2011
at 04:50 PM

And if he has any inclination towards autoimmune inflammatory type arthritis any and all of these can contribute to exacerbating that condition....ditch the soy sauce and only eat sausage or proscuitto that you know source and ingredients do not contain MSG or other offenders.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on December 06, 2011
at 10:17 PM

Soy makes my joints hurt just thinking about!

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on June 22, 2012
at 05:43 AM

High salt causes adrenaline surges, your friend could be experiencing stiffness due to the adrenaline http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=salt-boosts-bp-but-via-adrenalin-12-01-11 adrenaline causes muscles to weaken for fight or flight.

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on June 22, 2012
at 03:16 AM

Your friend should isolate the salt from the other foods in an easy double blind experiment:

A capsule of salt vs. a capsule of sugar.

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363d0a0277a8b61ada3a24ab3ad85d5a

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on December 06, 2011
at 10:01 PM

I think it could be from the nitrate salts more than just salt itself, plus as others have noted, the soy sauce can have all sorts of additives, often wheat and msg.

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on December 06, 2011
at 09:49 PM

Could it be water retention due to excess salt? I know when I'm imbalanced with my hydration (due to too salty meals, not drinking enough water, hot weather) my hands get somewhat swollen and feel a little tight.

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on December 04, 2011
at 05:49 PM

I used to think this was due to salt since I used to get it after eating pizza. But then I realized that it was just due to wheat. I can eat a ton of salty green olives with no problem as long as I drink enough water.

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on December 04, 2011
at 11:32 AM

I can attest to this happening. I'm extremely salt sensitive. Too much soy sauce or salt in a meal, and my hands start feeling borderline arthritic. It sucks, but it keeps me from eating stuff that's too salty.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on December 04, 2011
at 03:21 AM

Could it be he's retaining enough fluid to feel it in his hands? That would make bending your fingers take a little more effort. My elderly dad-in-law is forbidden to eat salt due to how severe his water retention is from it.

F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

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on December 04, 2011
at 03:25 AM

But would it be such an immediate effect? I asked him if they got swollen, like from water retention, but he said no.

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