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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Last time I wrote about finding a sodium balance. I've seen results already since I've increased the sodium and electrolytes in the fluids I take with me to run/workout and in my daily diet.

My performance has increased. I get less tired after working out and overall. My body stays more hydrated, and I'm continuing to lose weight even though my weight/body fat/body water scale indicates I am better hydrated. I felt puffy the first day, but that has gone away.

The most interesting result is that I'm not as hungry all the time. After training for a while I would get to a point in which I'd be SO hungry all the time, I couldn't stand it. After I added more salt, I don't feel this way. I think my sodium levels were drained too low, which would drain the water from my body.

My mom suggested why: have you ever heard that if you want to combat hunger, you should drink water??? Well, since I was probably sodium depleted all the time, I had nothing holding the water inside my body. So I would drink and drink water but it would constantly just drain out. Now when I drink water, my sodium levels are better so it actually holds the water in, so I feel more full. I've also read that many times when we're hungry, your body is actually just thirsty.

So, I'm now 0.2 lbs from my lowest weight of the year.

It's kind of hard because in part due to what I was reading on Sparkpeople, I was avoiding it whenever possible. I think this is also why I would blow-up so badly when I ate anything with a higher sodium content. So I'm re-adjusting to salting my food.

I should add that I don't recommend this to everyone. In my case, I am a salty sweater with a high sweat rate, meaning I sweat a lot and have a high content of salt in my sweat. I'm dealing with the high heat/humidity of the Midwest, and I workout 1-2 times a day, with most of my workouts being outdoors.

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  • KONRAD695
    Guess I should have read this too before commenting on your other blog. An added comment I should have made. When your body is low on any electro and you drink water, your body has to get rid of it quickly. The body has to maintain a certain salinity, or it stops working. In my case I would drink water and become MORE dehydrated, my trip to ER woke me up to it.

    Well done for figuring this out. The harder you train, the farther you will separate yourself from the mainstream nutrition programs.

    Enjoy the calorie burn, Konrad
    1687 days ago
    Glad things are working for you. HUGS
    1690 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Kind of begs the question is it the salt or the electrolytes?

    I do think too many people are too afraid of salt. Some is necessary & most don't need to restrict it severely unless there's a true medical reason.

    Just my own $.02.
    1690 days ago
    That is PHENOMENAL! I'm in the pro-sodium group too, but that's also due to my low blood pressure. I find that when I don't salt my food (which I do, much of the time), I get more dizzy spells!
    1691 days ago
    Oh how very interesting, and makes total sense! I've always avoided salt like the plague but as my runs are growing more and more intense, of course so is my hunger, but also my sweat! Ugh! Your experience is so intriguing, but also seems so scary to try! People are bombarded with "STAY AWAY FROM SALT!", you know? : ) What awesome results!!!!!! : ) Major congrats!! : )
    1693 days ago
    I'm happy to see you have been able to find a balance that works for you!!! emoticon
    1693 days ago
    this is why dance schools (ballroom dancing) have pretzel sticks on the counters and tables. not (just) to get you drinking (their) water!
    1694 days ago
    I too, am a salty sweater especially during endurance activities. I have found that taking a salt tablet or two with me on my long training rides etc., makes a huge amount of difference as well as adding an EZ load tablet or two. '

    Great job!
    1694 days ago
  • ELISA322
    Interesting, I'm glad I read this as I think I may need to do the same? I avoid sodium but I do sweat... like A LOT. I also think I am a salty sweater because there are times after my a long run that there is a crust on my face and skin. How have you increased your sodium/electrolytes in your fluids? I used to drink sf Gatorade and Powerade but I quit that last year. I think I may go the homemade route and add some Morton lite salt to my water.
    1694 days ago
    The salt issue IS very complicated. Sometimes too much water can strip the needed salt you need.
    1695 days ago
    As has been said here on SparkPeople many times, we are all an experiment of one. Finding the balance for YOU is what matters, and it sounds like you are finding it now, both for overall performance and for weight. Glad you figured it out, it should help in so many ways!
    1695 days ago
    Much of what is written on SparkPeople is written for people with a different style of eating and fitness than what you describe. As they say: take what you read with a grain of salt.
    1695 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Very good figuring this out. I knew you would, have a great day. emoticon
    1695 days ago
    Glad you found the balance. My dh has to watch that in the summer with his work---a bread truck is a very hot place to work and it has no ac.
    1695 days ago
  • TINY67
    If it works for you, go for it and good luck.
    1695 days ago
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