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With a Grain of Salt: Why You May Not Need to Limit Your Sodium Intake

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How to Avoid Bloating, Loss of Calcium

Fact #3: You'll feel sodium's side effects; your husband probably won't.

The morning after a salty dinner, you're likely to feel like the Michelin Man. Your guy? Not as much. "The more sodium you consume, the more water your body retains to dilute it," says Suzanne Trupin, MD, director of Women's Health Practice in Champaign, Illinois. "Women have a smaller blood volume than men, which means that even tiny increases in salt can cause puffiness." Hormones also play a role. "Your body is primed to hold on to water a day or two before your period to prep for pregnancy or to compensate for the fluid it will lose through menstruation," Dr. Trupin says.

To beat bloat, limit the amount of processed and prepared foods you eat. "They account for almost 80 percent of our sodium intake," Dr. Appel says. "Check labels; ideally a product should have no more than 200 milligrams of sodium per serving, and a full meal should have less than 600." Skip processed foods several days before your period and drink plenty of water. "The better hydrated you are, the quicker your system can filter out excess sodium," Dr. Trupin explains.

Fact #4: Too much salty stuff can hurt your bones.

Eat a particularly salty item, like a dill pickle, and you may lose calcium. That's because sodium and calcium are excreted through urine, and too much of one substance increases the loss of the other, explains Robert P. Heaney, MD, professor of medicine at Creighton University's Osteoporosis Research Center in Omaha. To protect your bones, Dr. Heaney recommends eating enough dairy to get 1,200 to 1,500 milligrams of calcium daily. "Spread your servings throughout the day," he says. "You'll absorb the calcium more efficiently that way."

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, February 2011.


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Lisa7590 wrote:

People are deceived by how much salt is really healthy.I have not met anyone with a lack of adequate salt intake.Salt is prevalent in almost everything you eat. PUT away that salt shaker for GOOD!! Ask for your food to be prepared in a low sodium fashion or no added salt when we go out to eat. WE actually TASTE the food we are eating and dont leave with a huge belly or worse yet, a desire to take a nap due to the bloat.PUT away the salt shaker and live better, thinner and healthier.

4/14/2012 07:34:30 PM Report Abuse
4petesake1 wrote:

Wrong, wrong, unbleached unprocessed celtic sea salt is far superior! It is the only salt source that will replenish minerals depleted by sweating and drinking too much water without minerals.

2/25/2011 01:13:17 PM Report Abuse
swrightmac wrote:

This article does not include the sodium that is already in foods. It is NOT the shaking of the salt that is the culprit. It is hard to find foods is not high in sodium content, unless it is fresh or homemade. Also, 1tsp of salt has 560 mgs of sodium regardless of reg or sea- sea salt is more potent so you should use less. In America, the average person can consume about 3000 to 5000 mg of sodium in one meal take that times three a day plus drinks and snacks- now that is the problem

2/22/2011 01:55:00 PM Report Abuse
shermanre451 wrote:

Moderation in all things--the rest takes care of itself, as long as you are basically healthy.

2/22/2011 01:43:57 AM Report Abuse
FirefighterBob wrote:

Sea salt became popular and a fad purely from the taste and texture. They MARKET it as healthy only because it has 64mcg per 1/4 table spoon to the 75mcg of iodine in Table salt. As the saying goes "everything in moderation." Table salt? Sea salt? Doesn't matter much as long as you dont go buck wild with it.

2/21/2011 04:08:50 PM Report Abuse

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