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January 30, 2012 5:57 PM
Hi everyone,

I caved and ordered Chinese food when my husband suggested it tonight. I got 2 teriyaki chicken on a sticks and ate 4 pork steamed dumplings. I steamed some broccoli at home to add to my meal. I had a lot of calories to spend at dinner tonight so I said "Why not". Now that I entered my food it says I'm at 10,000 mg of sodium for the day. I feel really foolish that I didnt know that Chinese food had that much salt in it.

What do you do if you eat wayyyyyy to much salt one day? Just chug water, reduce salt intake, and sweat it out the next day?
  15379502
January 30, 2012 5:58 PM
kidney stone
January 30, 2012 6:00 PM
10,000? really??

Just drink water like you normally would, maybe a couple extra cups. But don't gulp, make sure to sip throughout the day. And don't get on the scale for a good 3 days. :)
  10218680
January 30, 2012 6:00 PM
"Kidney stone" - Wow, that was helpful.

Thanks, I think I'll just make sure to cut down on salt. Idk how accurate the sodium was because Chinese food varies from restaurant to restaurant. But that's what it said.
Edited by unicornpoop On January 30, 2012 6:01 PM
  15379502
January 30, 2012 6:02 PM
Drink more water...was told today eating a banana would help too.
  6516604
January 30, 2012 6:03 PM
there's nothing special you can do besides drinking extra water. your body will flush it out on its own! and don't worry about those kidney stones!
January 30, 2012 6:04 PM
QUOTE:

Hi everyone,

I caved and ordered Chinese food when my husband suggested it tonight. I got 2 teriyaki chicken on a sticks and ate 4 pork steamed dumplings. I steamed some broccoli at home to add to my meal. I had a lot of calories to spend at dinner tonight so I said "Why not". Now that I entered my food it says I'm at 10,000 mg of sodium for the day. I feel really foolish that I didnt know that Chinese food had that much salt in it.

What do you do if you eat wayyyyyy to much salt one day? Just chug water, reduce salt intake, and sweat it out the next day?


Hi! Your name is awesome!

I would definitely follow CoraGregory's advice and consume more water. Don't get on the scale for a few days and work out all that sodium with cardio!
January 30, 2012 6:07 PM
I highly doubt there was that much sodium in 4 steamed pork dumplings... I'm not trying to be snarky at all, it's just that I know a full rack of ribs from Chili's has about 6,500mg of sodium, so I find it very hard to believe 4 little dumplings could contain the same amount as an entire rack of pork ribs smothered in BBQ sauce. Where did you get the nutrition info from?
Edited by Beezil On January 30, 2012 6:08 PM
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January 30, 2012 6:09 PM
QUOTE:

there's nothing special you can do besides drinking extra water. your body will flush it out on its own! and don't worry about those kidney stones!


she's right. Don't go and chug water. Just drink water as you would normally.
January 30, 2012 6:11 PM
:) Don't fret.

It's very normal to eat a Chinese takeaway meal, and you wouldn't have noticed the sodium content if you hadn't logged it.

Nothing drastic will happen if you take in a lot of sodium as a one off. It's only if it becomes habitual that problems may arise.
January 30, 2012 6:14 PM
Thanks everyone! I will probably just drink one extra bottle of water tomorrow and watch the salt for a few days.

I just entered the names of the foods on MFP and they popped up. IDK if it's accurate either.
  15379502
January 30, 2012 7:06 PM
@Unicornpoop That is a lot of sodium I am glad you are aware drinking water is good but another option along with water is buying organic dandelion root tea. You can get it at Target or a whole foods store just steep the tea bag 3-5 minutes and drink, you can add sugar or splenda or nothing based on your taste. Dandelion tea is a natural diuretic. I was temporarily on a blood pressure medication called HCTZ (hydrochlorothiazide) it is also a diuretic. When the doc took me off, it was as if my kidneys could no longer function on their own and I began to have swollen legs and ankles that I never had before. His suggestion was to prop up my feet, it didn't work. I did research and started drinking dandelion root tea and within 2-3wks I no longer had the issue of swollen legs and ankles. Whenever I overdo it with salt or need a flush of my system I drink organic dandelion root tea. Just make sure you have no allergies to dandelion if you decide to try it or talk to you doc about it. Good Luck!
January 30, 2012 7:09 PM
QUOTE:

there's nothing special you can do besides drinking extra water. your body will flush it out on its own! and don't worry about those kidney stones!


^^ This.

Along with what another poster said about eating a banana if you really are worried about the immediate bloat. Otherwise I would just drink lots of water and let your body do its natural magic and flush out the sodium. Don't panic, you will be good in a couple of days. :)
  15757187
January 30, 2012 7:11 PM
I highly highly doubt there is actually that much sodium in the food, sounds like someone has entered some incorrect info
  9849600
January 30, 2012 7:34 PM
Just so you know, it's the potassium in the banana that helps. Potassium helps your body process sodium, and calcium helps potassium. It's like a little chain of helpers. ;) Overall, though, Chinese is going to happen for most people. Enjoy it! Don't make it a regular part of your diet. You'll be fine.
  15164137
April 14, 2013 12:58 AM
Guys keep in mind that a few beers and a couple of cup-o-noodles will give you 10,000 mg in salt alone.
So I'm not surprised that some Chinese food places can easily have 10g's or more at times. But I agree
with the drinking water.... note: hot water will do the job faster.
April 14, 2013 2:29 AM
Don't worry about it, you'll be fine.....

You'll likely retain extra water weight for a few days, but it'll soon drop off again.
April 14, 2013 2:41 AM
QUOTE:

Just so you know, it's the potassium in the banana that helps. Potassium helps your body process sodium, and calcium helps potassium. It's like a little chain of helpers. ;) Overall, though, Chinese is going to happen for most people. Enjoy it! Don't make it a regular part of your diet. You'll be fine.


Don't make it a regular part of my diet??? But... I LIVE in China!!!! OMG!!!! Seriously though, there's probably way more MSG in the food here than back home in the States (in Chinese restaurants). They sell bags of MSG here in the condiment section, right next to the salt, pepper, sugar, etc. I don't know where you are (sorry I'm at work and didn't take the time to look) but in the US, MSG is regulated. So, as an alternate to the MSG used in Chinese food, I can easily see them using more sodium and getting you near that 10K number.

Other than a headache, as long as it's not a habit, you shouldn't suffer any ill-effects. Just let your body do that voodoo that itdoo.
  33534329
April 14, 2013 3:34 AM
I know that feeling! I go over from time to time, more often than I would like. I just drink extra water for the next couple of days. It really sucks!
  30690295
December 9, 2013 6:24 PM
Iam trying to get my healthy, I have swollen glands, and I am taking an antibiotic. I drank alot today. In May I was told I had low sodium, I believe no test for the retake test yet. The doctor cut down my water.Being sick today I pushed extra water 9 cup I believe. PLEASE advise. TY
December 9, 2013 9:33 PM
You can do lots of cardio. Sodium is used for muscle contraction and you sweat it out.

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