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DACSAC Posts: 575
2/8/10 4:06 P

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Good luck on lowering sodium. After a while, the taste of salt will be horrible.

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2/6/10 1:57 P

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Welcome to the team! The question you ask is interesting. Sadly, there is no real answer to it, as it mainly depends on your body. Everyone is different in how long it takes for their body to lose weight, lose water, etc. For some people here on Spark, starting a diet and watching the calories, carbs and sodium intake will result upto a 5 pound loss the first week, mainly being water. I know in cutting my sodium, it took, with doctor prescribed diuretics, about two weeks to lose the extra water weight. But, then again....everyone is different, it all depends on their metabolism, chemical makeup, how their body processes things and also how much water you drink too. Water is a great way to flush the body of sodium, toxins, fat, etc. So I wish I had a definitive answer for you, but it all depends on you.

Congrats on deciding to lower your sodium and eat healthier! It is a great way to live! Best wishes on your new lifestyle adventure!

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2/5/10 8:29 P

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emoticon Glad that you could join us.

the very first time I had edema, my ankles were so swollen I couldn't walk. The doc laughed at me when I went in to see him, but he did give me diuretics which I started that very day (a Friday). Overnight I lost 20 lbs, all water. By the end of the weekend I could see my ankles again. Mind you that was close to 30 years ago.

I am back on diuretics again for the past year, but nowadays when I get edema, it takes a lot longer for the noticeable results. Anytime my doc changed my meds, I had to return either within 2 weeks, or sooner if there was any discomfort or reaction.

As Donna said, it is individual thing and varies from person to person, and even episode by episode. Getting the right dose is mostly trial and error so you will have to see your doctor so he knows what is happening and how you react to the pills he gave you.

Hopefully once you get the med dosage figured out, you will not have a problem (or at least very many) anymore.

Good luck. I wish you well on your journey to a healthier lifestyle


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2/5/10 8:21 P

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For medical reasons I weigh every day. If my sodium is too much I can tell by my wt gain. If I know I have gone over (like yesterday) I see how much wt I gain overnight. My cardiologist told me to try and keep my intake at 1500mg but anything below 2000mg is acceptable. She told me not to worry if I only got say 500mg one day because it would even out the next. Anyway this is my situation. You do need to discuss this with your doctor.

Slow but will get there!

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2/5/10 7:24 P

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Welcome to this board. I don't know if there's an average time for noticing a difference, I expect it's individual and depends on why you're retaining fluid. It would be a good idea to ask your doctor what would be the best sodium range, you don't want to go too low. I have retention problems and a high blood pressure, which is controlled with meds, and I try to stay between 1000mg and 1500mg. That works well for me, especially if I average about 1200mg. I'm so used to it, it's not really a big deal, I do a lot of cooking from scratch. I was surprised to find it doesn't take all that long to put together a meal from scratch, and I usually make enough for 2 meals, so the next time is a warm-up.

Good luck with your new venture into healthy eating.


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2/5/10 6:37 P

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Hi There - 1st time post....

I just started lowering my salt intake. With years of feeling bloated from water retention, the light went on last week and I thought- hmm... perhaps if I lower my salt intake things might go down...

Since I am new to all of this, I was wondering how long does it usually take before results can be seen from all this hard work. Trying to lower my salt intake has been really hard. I usually eat those frozen low fat meals and wow - they are loaded with salt! I have been below 1300 mg for the week.

This might be too general a question to answer, but thought I'd throw it out anyways.

Thanks so much and have a fantastic Super Bowl Weekend. Hopefully, I can keep my hands away from those Fried Buffalo Wings.


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