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How much salt do we need?

Answered on September 11, 2013
Created September 08, 2013 at 5:32 PM

I'm getting a lot of cramp and guessing it's because I eat whole foods and to little salt. How much salt do I need to add to my foods.

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on September 08, 2013
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That's like trying to answer "how much food should I eat?" with "Studies show that the lowest risk of death for people who poop 3lbs a day vs 10lbs/day or less than 2lbs. I think you meant to copy and paste this section instead:

I feel that the data supports an intake between 3000 and 7000 milligrams of sodium, or 1.5 to 3.5 teaspoons of salt, per day. People who are quite active or sweat a lot should consume salt on the higher end, and those who are less active may want to consume on the lower end.

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on September 11, 2013
at 01:54 AM

I know that if your a hard charging athlete, like myself, salt is one of your best friends! I aim for 5 grams a day.

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on September 11, 2013
at 01:39 AM

you might find this article interesting http://www.marksdailyapple.com/salt-what-is-it-good-for/#axzz2eXml3UWl

I have read that often times people who eat Paleo do not consume enough sodium. I add some sea salt when making my eggs, add some when I am making sweet potato mash... other than that, no other salt

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a 2011 study demonstrate the lowest risk of death for sodium excretion between 4000 and 5990 milligrams per day. (1) Sodium excretion greater than 7000 milligrams or less than 3000 milligrams per day was associated with a higher risk of stroke, heart attack and death. This lowest risk range equates to approximately two to three teaspoons of salt per day. (via: Chris Kresser)

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on September 08, 2013
at 06:44 PM

That's like trying to answer "how much food should I eat?" with "Studies show that the lowest risk of death for people who poop 3lbs a day vs 10lbs/day or less than 2lbs. I think you meant to copy and paste this section instead:

I feel that the data supports an intake between 3000 and 7000 milligrams of sodium, or 1.5 to 3.5 teaspoons of salt, per day. People who are quite active or sweat a lot should consume salt on the higher end, and those who are less active may want to consume on the lower end.

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