Is there REALLY anything wrong with sodium?

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  1. Pizza The Hutt

    Pizza The Hutt OT Supporter

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    It's in my genes to be a salt nut. My mom would salt everything from breakfast cereal to granny smith apples, and I'm pretty much the same (not cereal though :barf: ).

    Anyway, I'm currently cutting and haven't really watched my sodium. I do know I take in a hell of a lot sodium though. I've been searching this forum off and on for the past year and have yet to really see much evidence on too much sodium being harmful to the body. People always point out how high in sodium something is, but I never really hear why that's a bad thing except for blood pressure and water retention. I've also read that it doesn't really affect blood pressure, so I'm not sure how true the hypertension claim even is. I understand how water retention might be bad, but it really doesn't pertain to me at this moment.

    Does it just affect blood pressure and water retention? Or is there something much more serious? Is there really anything wrong with sodium?

    I'm not trying to make light of hypertension, but I don't see it as a problem as long as you monitor your blood pressure.
     
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    I love salt as well. However, personally, I noticed I dropped a few pounds just by cutting back on the ammount of salt from my diet. It may have been a combo of the salt and the food the salt was on that helped though. (Less chips and pizza)
     
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    I'm guessing, not having studied the kidney, the high sodium level decreases water concentration compared to the other side of the kidneys membranes, resulting in loss of water via osmosis
    just an educated guess though
     
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    I thought that sodium stored water? I know if you try to reduce it from your diet that you will be much better off.
     
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    christophers posted about this. your body can only hold so much salt and if you go over that level your kidneys just flushes it right out so it really doesnt do anything. and the water retention thing is a myth because there can only be so much in your body, you can only retain a limited amount of water from salt.

    i think the catch was that the studies were for active people
     
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    Christ...
     
  7. Pizza The Hutt

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    It seems like a lot people have answers, but there doesn't appear to be much real factual evidence to support any claims. That's where my confusion comes from. Everyone points out when something is high in sodium, but they never have a factually backed reason as why that's even a bad thing.
     
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