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LAETU5 Posts: 1,405
1/12/12 12:40 P

REGINAK1965, scroll through the whole thread for further info and tips.

SONI51 Posts: 491
1/12/12 12:22 P


1/11/12 5:51 P

Extra water does NOT undo the damage done by the higher sodium intake. The body must adjust on its own. High sodium intake is a BIG issue for most of us in the United States. A healthy adult should take in no more than 2300 milligrams of sodium daily. The upper limit is 1500 milligram for those over 50, those with high blood pressure, African American, etc.

Lowering sodium intake is one of the keys to preventing high blood pressure down the road. And drinking extra fluid or water does not counter the damage done or flush out the sodium any faster.
Dietitian Becky

REGINAK1965 SparkPoints: (4,156)
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1/11/12 12:45 P

Does anyone know how much SODIUM is to high? And does drinking more water help with flushing the sodium?

JPAMPY Posts: 541
10/11/11 10:05 P

Becky~ Thank you! I will do that.

10/11/11 8:27 P

Just to see..
You may want to pretend to create a new recipe and add only one ingredient...the chicken broth. Then you will see how much sodium this one item is adding. There is a big difference between homemade chicken broth and store bought chicken broth.

JPAMPY Posts: 541
10/11/11 1:35 P

I added 1 tablespoon garlic pepper seasoning, literally only a dash of salt and a dash of pepper... which is probably either 1/8 or 1/16th tsp. Which is barely anything at all. When I added the "chicken broth" it was just the general "chicken broth food selection on the food tracker.

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10/6/11 8:53 P

I've always wondered about this. I have been drinking a lot of water and always wondered if that was helping offset my excess sodium. Guess not. Looks like I just need to cut back on the higher sodium foods I consistently eat.

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10/6/11 8:45 P

As you may not know and I agree with a few people. Salt helps retain water. However, if you are retaining too much water can be a real big problem. I find as a solution to this matter is to cook with fresh herbs and veggies. Try to learn what herbs change taste of foods and without adding the salt you can have a flavorful dinner. Parsley and cilantro help naturally with water retention from high sodium intake. If your doctor sees that your feet or other extremities are swollen (like fingers or toes are big giveaways) you might want to ask for a prescription of Tetrehydroclorothiazide. Remember if you don't add it to your food keep it off your table. Swap salt for Parsley or Cilantro on your table. :) Hope this helps.

10/6/11 4:20 P

Did you enter any type of chicken broth in the ingredients??
What did you enter for the dash of salt?
What did you enter for the garlic pepper seasoning?

JPAMPY Posts: 541
10/6/11 4:01 P

I made homemade chicken soup. I first boiled/cooked the chicken in 14.5 cups of water with 1 tbls garlic pepper seasoning, a dash of salt and pepper. That is the only seasoning I put in the "chicken broth". When I entered my recipe in the recipe calculator, it calculated that for 1 cup of soup. There is over 1300 sodium. Could this be correct? The broth is all water and a few seasonings, some frozen veggies, brown rice and chicken. Where is all the sodium coming from?

JOCALAT Posts: 1,036
4/1/11 8:38 P

i find that it helps along with an intense cardio session to sweat it out

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4/1/11 6:54 P

Not what you're asking, but I'm on a medication that is a salt and if I DON'T drink enough water, it could mess with my sodium levels and become an emergency situation. I'm not entirely sure how it works, I just know I get harassed by my docs all the time about drinking enough water.

LAURA_LYNN SparkPoints: (18,287)
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4/1/11 2:40 P

Great responses, thanks everyone! :)

3/21/11 2:25 P

I think there are 2 issues going on in this thread that need further clarification.

1. YES, your body does have systems in place to keep your blood sodium level within a healthy range...even when too much is consumed, or there are issue with hydration, etc. THIS is protection for you so you do not die immediately---electrolyte imbalances are serious.


2. THE continual, daily excessive intake of sodium can be handled by the body as discussed in #1. BUT this does not remove the DAMAGE and risk of high blood pressure and heart disease that is associated with a continual high sodium intake... while the sodium in your blood may be a normal level---damage is occuring. THIS is why the current recommendation is 2300 mg or less sodium daily for healthy adults. ONCE you reach age 50 or have other risk factors...1500 mg is the goal. Drinking extra water does NOT help with this.


TACONES Posts: 4,713
3/21/11 1:29 P

great question and only a few answers but the were all excellent answers. i stay away from sodium. i use natural herbs to flavor my food and i rarely eat out because i cant control the sodium in foods if i do eat out. i will feel it once i eat out, my feet will swell

JJRUTT SparkPoints: (0)
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3/20/11 3:09 P

I don't add salt to any food.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
3/20/11 3:00 P

excess water leads to excess urination also.. which does flush out electrolytes

CHARMIAN2 Posts: 997
3/20/11 7:11 A

Your kidney is responsible for the excretion or retention of sodium. Your body gets rid of excess and retains when you are low. However, this is why excess sodium can cause kidney problems (IE leads to blood pressure etc) because you cannot overload the kidneys with sodium. IN our country it would be extrememly rare for kidneys to retain sodium for nutritional reasons because we get way to much daily. Usually only happens in a disease state where kidneys aren't functioning properly. This is all part of the acid-base balance your body works to maintain between the kidneys and lungs. Eat leass than 2500 mg of sodium daily-means make your own no salt spaghetti sauce, soups, etc. Read labels and you will learn what is high in sodium. An egg is not high in sodium-but canned baked beans are. Make your own baked beans-delicious. You get the idea-just read labels and learn to make stuff so you aren't deprived. You'll feel better and you are buying a healthier future.

3/20/11 5:19 A

Hmm an egg is only 70mg for a whole egg. I don't think that's too bad considering all else.

I've been comparing a lot of salad dressings as I've been contemplating whether I would rather have a low cal, low fat but with higher carb/sugar content vs a creamy with higher unsaturated fats and cal but less carbs/sugar. I have actually noticed a lot of the lower cal noncreamy are MUCH higher in like all things you just have to compare labels.

REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (0)
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3/19/11 10:49 P

I throw away my salt shaker and I avoid the
Top 20 sodium foods
1. Meat pizza
2. White bread
3. Processed cheese
4. Hot dogs
5. Spaghetti w/sauce
6. Ham
7. Catsup (ketchup)
8. Cooked rice (the way it’s seasoned, as plain rice contains no sodium at all)
9. White roll
10. Flour (wheat) tortilla
11. Salty snacks/corn chips
12. Whole milk
13. Cheese pizza
14. Noodle soups
15. Eggs (whole/fried/scrambled)
16. Macaroni w/cheese
17. Milk, 2%
18. French fries
19. Creamy salad dressings
20. Potato chips

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 3/19/2011 (22:50)
3/19/11 6:46 P

I agree with Becky that just drinking more water doesn't make it "ok" to eat higher sodium. We all need to avoid excess sodium and it is quite easy to get an excess!

But your body does always try to adjust back to normal. In hospitalized patients we treat high sodium level by increasing free water. We treat low sodium levels in the blood by restricting free water. There are also different types of IV fluids used for this too, from lower than body level concentration of sodium (ie half normal saline) to hypertonic (very concentrated) level of sodium for patients with dangerously low levels of sodium.

So I would say that drinking some extra water can help flush out a high sodium day but try to work on keeping the sodium down to begin with.

3/18/11 5:51 P

False, extra water does NOT undo the damage done by the higher sodium intake. The body must adjust on its own. High sodium intake is a BIG issue for most of us in the United States. I struggle with it daily. AND for many the amount of sodium recommendation has gotten even more strict...1500 milligram for those over 50, those with high blood pressure, African American, etc.

Lowering sodium intake is one of the keys to preventing high blood pressure down the road. AND drinking extra fluid does not counter the damage done.
Dietitian Becky

LAURA_LYNN SparkPoints: (18,287)
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3/18/11 5:23 P

True or False:

I read an article a while back that said drinking extra water will flush out excess sodium. Is this true or false? I went way over my sodium goal yesterday, and I'm wondering if I drink a lot of water today, will that help flush out all the extra sodium?

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