what's the deal with sodium?

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  1. gosideways

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    ok so i've been trying to clean up the diet lately... i eat pretty clean - low fat, moderate carbs, high protein

    i did notice that pretty much everything i eat has a lot of sodium in it, i'm probably consuming about 3000 mg's a day. i read a little about it but i'm still not sure what the proper amounts are for someone who lifts, what kind of problems high sodium creates, etc... i know elevated blood pressure is one, but my bp is normal

    so should i watch the sodium intake or quit worrying about it?
     
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    sodium will cause you to have more water weight. will hold on to more water since you have to offset the extra salt to keep your cells from shriviling.

    sorta like when ur in the shower too long and your fingers shrivil up because of the excess water around you. i have no idea what the DRV is though. will make you look leaner if you intake less of it. from what i've read hardcore builders drink distilled water so they don't keep any extra water in em then needed.
     
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    yea i don't monitor my intake religiously or anything, i'm just wondering whether i should

    haven't been able to find a daily value either, most info just says it's good or it's bad without much explanation why or how much is too much. so 3 g's a day = ok or not?
     
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    High Sodium = water retention = look fatter than you normally would.
     
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    so how much sodium is too much?
     
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    Personally I think carb intake (too high) and water intake (too little) will determine how much water retention I'll have moreso than sodium. At least to a certain level. I'm sure though with competitors that would definitely have to be considered too.
     
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    water intake is very important, but I dont know how carbs effect water retention. I just keep on drinking water lately.
     
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    I think it was 1g carb = 4g water.

    If you dont' have high blood pressure, don't worry about it.
     
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    Alot of the initial weight loss in low carb diet is mostly water weight.
     
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