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September 16, 2011 3:00 PM
I'm wondering if drinking lots of water flushes any of the extra sodium out or not? I've seen alot of stuff on the internet today looking around, even something that said there's sodium in tap water. It seems like there is no escape from the salt demon!

I'm trying to control my sodium, but it's a huge challenge. Darn near EVERYthing has sodium in it. Even carrots! Celery! Fish has tons of sodium in it naturally. I'm shocked at how much sodium is everywhere, especially in non-processed foods. (I expect sodium in processed foods, of course)
  10883811
September 16, 2011 3:05 PM
You do need a certain amount of salt in your body or you will die...so not wise to try to cut all salt out.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/267555-foods-that-flush-sodium-out-of-the-body/

Here ya go..it works.
September 16, 2011 3:07 PM
Thanks, that's exactly the info I was looking for! :) Very very helpful!
  10883811
September 16, 2011 3:08 PM
Fish would - they live in it.
  2599351
September 16, 2011 3:09 PM
Water is great for flushing out salt/and or toxins in the body, but, also one has to eat healthy in order for the body to do this. We all need salt, but it's the 'added' salt that is the culprit, not the natural salt found in food. Processed foods, take out foods, store bought soups etc, are the worst.
September 16, 2011 3:10 PM
For me, drinking water and sweating takes out a lot of sodium. I generally try to stick to 1,500mg a day of sodium but if I know I've had way too much, I bring on the water. I can tell when I've had too much as I don't go to the bathroom at all (even if I've had lots of water). However, sodium is really important. Also, it's a great indicator of what foods not to eat. I never go to the frozen section, because I know a lot of the food is high in sodium and generally not good for me.

For the longest time, I was always over on sodium, but I think once your diet transitions, it gets easier to keep it under control. Good luck!
September 16, 2011 3:11 PM
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  4013585
September 17, 2011 12:06 AM
If you drink to much water it can be harmful
Edited by roebuck1908 On September 17, 2011 12:10 AM
  3232851
September 17, 2011 12:14 AM
When you bump a forum post, you're moving it up where everyone can see where it is active...or to kind of bookmark the forum so you can come back later to add to it or read more replies......


If you already know this and you were being sarcastic I'm going to feel silly but I didn't read your comment as sarcasm.


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Edited by rolliepollie087 On September 17, 2011 12:16 AM
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September 17, 2011 1:39 AM
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When you bump a forum post, you're moving it up where everyone can see where it is active...or to kind of bookmark the forum so you can come back later to add to it or read more replies......


If you already know this and you were being sarcastic I'm going to feel silly but I didn't read your comment as sarcasm.


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  3232851
September 17, 2011 4:16 AM
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If you drink to much water it can be harmful


What would you consider a harmful amount of water?
  10883811
September 17, 2011 10:49 PM
Water follows salt therefore you can drink all the water you want but it won't flush out the sodium since your kidney's like to retain sodium. However, doctors (like me) recommend keeping your sodium intake to less than 2.4 grams in a day for people with high blood pressure but if you do not have high blood pressure you can afford to have a little more. It is very difficult to drink enough water to die... I've never seen it in my years of experience.
September 18, 2011 2:29 AM
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If you drink to much water it can be harmful


What would you consider a harmful amount of water?



You would have to drink an extreme amount of water for it to be dangerous. After all, we're mostly made of water. You need it, and most people don't drink enough of it.

If you're thirsty, drink water. Even if you're not that thirsty and you drink a few glasses, you're going to be fine.
  1817146
December 19, 2012 12:44 AM
It takes a very large amount of water in order for it to be harmful, I'm talking gallons and gallons for you to drown your body. You would literally need to be drinking a liter every hour in order for this to happen. A healthy amount would be a glass of water per hour or two throughout the day to keep hydrated. You'll know for sure if your sodium intake and water consumption are balancing to hydrate yourself by the color of your pee. The darker the pee the more water you need to be drinking. The clearer the better! Water is good for helping to flush out toxins, speeds up metabolism, and helps with radiant skin. Drink a large glass of cold water before you eat and it tricks your mind into feeling full faster.

Hope this helped
December 19, 2012 12:50 AM
QUOTE:

I'm wondering if drinking lots of water flushes any of the extra sodium out or not? I've seen alot of stuff on the internet today looking around, even something that said there's sodium in tap water. It seems like there is no escape from the salt demon!

I'm trying to control my sodium, but it's a huge challenge. Darn near EVERYthing has sodium in it. Even carrots! Celery! Fish has tons of sodium in it naturally. I'm shocked at how much sodium is everywhere, especially in non-processed foods. (I expect sodium in processed foods, of course)


Here's a thought, sodium isn't bad for you.
  11390926
December 19, 2012 1:16 AM
OP: do you have hypertension?

How much potassium do you eat?
December 19, 2012 1:32 AM
I drink 10-15 cups of water a day to counterbalance the sodium I take in.
  30690295
December 19, 2012 5:43 AM
Why are we suddenly offering new advice on a very, very old thread?
December 19, 2012 6:36 AM
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Why are we suddenly offering new advice on a very, very old thread?


Apparently someone was really bored at 2:44 am. =)
  15157102
January 21, 2014 9:42 PM
Yes, 1/2 your weight in ounces, per day. For people eating high sodium foods, Increasing potassium will excrete more sodium from your body through your urine.
January 21, 2014 10:08 PM
As far as water consumption being harmful, I say we listen to the good doctor (above). The times I've heard/read of people dying from water intoxication involved them drinking gallons at a time without going to pee.
January 21, 2014 11:19 PM
OMG! 2011??? LMBO!!! laugh I hope she figured it out by now! tongue
  35847226
January 21, 2014 11:20 PM
QUOTE:

Why are we suddenly offering new advice on a very, very old thread?


Oh just wait. It will be revived again in 2014. wink
  35847226
May 3, 2014 1:17 PM
Revived.. :)

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