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Does salt cause water retention?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 28, 2012 at 1:04 AM

I significantly decreased my water consumption a few months ago, trusting my thirst instead. The thing is that I also consume a lot of salt, which I believe is due to some degree of adrenal fatigue.

Recently, I read that salt causes water retention and that not drinking enough makes it more difficult for the body to get rid of toxins that would usually be excreted through urine. If this were true, it would explain why I am not thirsty, the cause of the problem being adrenal fatigue leading to over-consumption of salt and water retention.

  • So, does high consumption of salt lead to water retention?
  • Does water retention limit the amount of toxins from being excreted through urination?

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on January 18, 2014
at 04:58 PM

Uh, wouldn't that be thyroid deficiency for the iodine, not adrenal???

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on January 16, 2014
at 02:53 PM

This anectdotal blog (see #7) shows a mechanism for carb water retention in diabetics. But this apples only to an aftereffect from insulin injection, when the body stores water anticipating a need to clear glucose at the kidneys. The author makes clear that insulin is not the cause of water retention.

http://www.diabetesforums.com/forum/pumping-insulin/18387-does-insulin-cause-water.html

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on January 16, 2014
at 12:26 PM

Carb restriction dieting causes the body to lose water weight as a one-time effect at the beginning of the diet, mostly due to elimination of glycogen. Per the following, the addition of carbs to post-exercise drinks mildly increases water retention

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19940093/

Do you have some vetted study that shows that the water retention/rehydrating effect of carbs is related to insulin levels?

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on July 28, 2012
at 12:08 PM

Interesting. We both seem to be in the same situation, but with completely different effects.

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on July 28, 2012
at 01:11 AM

Over consumption of salt makes your body have to dilute it by taking in greater amounts of water. Yes, salt causes water retention.

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on July 28, 2012
at 02:05 AM

I eat about 3 teaspoons of sea salt a day, just naturally with my food. I like my food very, very salty. It makes me feel great. It's probably due to adrenal issues as well. I am also skinny as hell, so I don't think it makes a difference with weight gain. It does make me drink lots of water though, which feels really good.

Salt causes thirst and water intake, but not necessarily retention.

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on July 28, 2012
at 12:08 PM

Interesting. We both seem to be in the same situation, but with completely different effects.

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on July 28, 2012
at 01:35 AM

also dandelion root helps reduce water retention w/out affecting your levels of potassium.

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on January 18, 2014
at 07:50 PM

@Kev

If you have any reason to believe there is some degree of adrenal insufficiency or "fatigue", you need to have lab work. Untreated, progressive condition of this kind can be dangerous.

Assuming you're healthy: You have to match your water intake to your salt intake. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already in water deficit and playing catch up. Once you keep a steady intake of sodium, you'll figure out how to stay ahead of thirst with adequate water intake. You need H2O to eliminate excess sodium. Yes, salt will cause some water retention in interstitial tissues (all-but-the-blood-vessels tissue) but you want some reserve.

If your kidneys are healthy (GFR, BUN, creat, etc.), you are eliminating all the toxins with adequate water intake even if you retain some fluids.

I love salt and actually using too little salt can have adverse health effects:

http://www.paleocrush.com/i-love-salt/

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on January 16, 2014
at 07:34 PM

sorry everyone, i keep trying to make comments based on the thread at the time and/or the original question, but my computer will only let me make comments thru the "Answer" area. COMMENT: i am going to assume then that the Aldosterone is still an issue. I try SOO hard to stay on a low carb diet, but fail within the first 8 hours, nevermind, i have been doing that for years :) ! basically i really don't have a sweet tooth, just a salty one, so the main thing for me is to say away from SUGAR, (having thrush made me keep that promise, thrush almost gone now, damn antibiotics, got the acidulous thing going now for a long time. Anyway, i still see the scale going down and that really has been since i use table salt (even Before the Sea Salt) when ever i want, the way i look at is, i did not do anything to make this weight happen, so i will let Mather Nature take it's course, i take NO Hormone replace, never have and there for am praying to the Karma Gods/ Universe that the water retention will subside, i noticed after each major Hormonal issue this happens (having babies, birth control pill, menopause), then the weight comes off, only THIS time is is taking TOO long. Protein is a life saver, i will tell ya ! LOVE THAT STEAK !

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on January 16, 2014
at 03:33 AM

Well HOT Dang ! i was just looking that up yesterday...does too much insulin cause water retention? and the fact that the increase in cortisol sent my insulin through the roof ! that would explain why on the days when my blood sugar is better, i hold less water, not much, just a few pounds, but still, there is definitely more peeing going on. Oh, by the way, there has been a 7 pound drop since last Jan. and i havent done a thing different, so perhaps this is finally resolving. Yes, for sure Carb intolerance happening here, oh yes, and Dam that Sour Dough French Bread calling my name ! Wendy.

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on January 16, 2014
at 03:23 AM

Yes and No. High insulin causes water retention. It prompts your kidneys to hold water. This is why people with poor insulin sensitivity say they "feel" (and look) bloated after eating carbs. Salt doesn't have anything to do with bloating unless you're eating a ton of it and not drinking enough water. But usually it's just poor carb tolerance.

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on January 16, 2014
at 02:53 PM

This anectdotal blog (see #7) shows a mechanism for carb water retention in diabetics. But this apples only to an aftereffect from insulin injection, when the body stores water anticipating a need to clear glucose at the kidneys. The author makes clear that insulin is not the cause of water retention.

http://www.diabetesforums.com/forum/pumping-insulin/18387-does-insulin-cause-water.html

Medium avatar

(10611)

on January 16, 2014
at 12:26 PM

Carb restriction dieting causes the body to lose water weight as a one-time effect at the beginning of the diet, mostly due to elimination of glycogen. Per the following, the addition of carbs to post-exercise drinks mildly increases water retention

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/19940093/

Do you have some vetted study that shows that the water retention/rehydrating effect of carbs is related to insulin levels?

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0d1a32809c803cfa9ac8bdd999018537

on January 16, 2014
at 03:18 AM

Sorry, i am still trying to figure his one out as well, i gained 30 pounds in 6 months when the pre-menopause hit i could not understand why the scale kept going up when i wasn't doing anything different. Get this ! the Adrenals help out at this time of life, they make progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, etc... well, i started making too much cortisol, ( and adrenalin ) panic attacks every hour, low blood sugar followed that immediately and then the insomnia, waking every hour in the night, heart palps bla bla, i thought i was dying until i found out what was really Adrenal Fatigue, Aldosterone, the water retention hormone was in over drive, i heard that the Adrenals NEED salt, so in times of stress, the body uses it up pretty quick, then spits out potassium. as a survival instinct, but the problem with that is that now we are potassium deficient and so perhaps that explains that heart palpitations during pre menopause. When i took potassium pills, i felt LIKE CRAP, so i get it from food only. Okay so the other symptoms are WAY better, even though i am still in the "Change" transition, However the water weight is still an issue (yes it IS possible to hold THAT much water) I got Sea Salt with Iodine and eat it every day, no edema change yet, but the energy is better. Salt from any other thing makes me worse, but the sea salt does not, over do it in a short period of time and i am soo thirsty, but get this... I CRAVE IT THAT DANG SALT, like there is No tomorrow, what is the Body trying to say? SALT ME ! well, perhaps when the menstruation finally ceases, the water will balance out....jeeze, going on 4 years now. Read Dr. Lam and what he says about Adrenals, i did and he makes sense, but it left me asking the same question: Does Salt make me retain water? only because i am not back to my pre-nightmare weight. Still "Weighting" but have Much Hope. :) Wendy.

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on May 27, 2013
at 05:49 AM

The adrenal issues are related to iodine deficiency, not salt. Iodized salt is intended to provide the daily requirement of iodine, which our bodies doesn't produce naturally via food metabolism, but needs daily. The problem with iodized salt is that it also contains anti-clumping agents which are unhealthy. People who switch to sea salt (some of which also contain anti-clumping agents) believe they are safe, and in terms of avoiding unhealthy additives, they are correct, however, they are are forfeiting the fortified iodine. The best source of iodine, which is needed for adrenal health, is seaweed.

Newer studies that salt does not cause heart disease or hypertension. Indeed, not enough salt can cause them, as well as electrolyte imbalances in general.

So best thing overall is to consume natural sea salt and get your iodine from seaweed capsules (or better yet, include real seaweed in your diet on a daily basis).

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on January 18, 2014
at 04:58 PM

Uh, wouldn't that be thyroid deficiency for the iodine, not adrenal???

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on July 28, 2012
at 01:26 AM

And only way tiger rid of it is through excessive sweating.

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