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January 18, 2012 4:48 AM
Or a bad number?

I seem to average around 3000mg / day with my low being 1798mg and my high being 3478mg over a 10 day stretch. Something tells me I better watch this more closely. embarassed
January 18, 2012 4:52 AM
I didn't know, so just found this...
January 18, 2012 4:55 AM

This site also states 2400mg, but doesn't state on how many calories etc. I never really track my salt in take as I never add it to anything I eat, but maybe I should :S
January 18, 2012 5:39 AM
Curious about this too. I've been tracking sodium for a few weeks now because I've found it (or more accurately, water weight) to have a big impact on my weight. While I know it's just water weight, it kills my motivation.

I've been using MFP's suggested 2500 as my ceiling.
January 18, 2012 6:08 AM
Here is a government paper about sodium intake. I'm Canadian. smile
Up to 2300 mg.
Human body cannot survive without sodium
Every single food product has sodium (more or less). Processed - tones.
Table salt is only 20% of the total daily sodium intake.
Edited by andrejjorje On January 18, 2012 6:09 AM
January 18, 2012 6:38 AM
Saw this in another thread and thought it was worth repeating...


First, sodium by itself isn't a bad thing, if you don't have high blood pressure, and understand that water weight from sodium is temporary, then going over a bit isn't really that bad, sodium doesn't become dangerous until you are upwards of 6000 mg per day, and even then, it depends a lot of your activity level and your potassium intake.

Sodium and potassium are opposites in the body, sodium draws water out of cells and into the extracellular areas of the body, making it harder for the body to eliminate excess water, where as potassium shifts the electro-chemical balance the other way, if you eat a lot of natural foods high in sodium, chances are they will have lots of potassium in them as well, it's not that big of a deal.

The problem of high sodium is essentially more pronounced when you are using added sodium to your diet, in things like sauces, dressings, condiments, and processed foods that contain little or no potassium to offset the sodium balance. Cut out those things and I'm sure you'll be fine, that is assuming you don't have high blood pressure or some other ailment that sodium is known to effect.
January 18, 2012 6:39 AM
January 18, 2012 6:43 AM
It also depends on your sodium sensitivity. Some people can eat large amounts of dietary sodium without any seemingly negative effects on atherosclerosis... but hypersensitives can only each a little before their blood pressure starts to rise. Check with your doctor after a blood panel to see if he/she thinks you are sensitive or not. If you're not then the usual recommendations of 2000-2500 should be alright i would think.

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