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Sodium intake question

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ZRX38

Hey guys i have been taking an egg protein powder and noticed it has 1.28 grams of sodium every 100 grams. What do you think about that? Do you think its dangerous? Its also 82% protein, 4% carbs, 0% fat.

Btw i am trying to avoid whey protein for the moment because it has lactose 

Thanks in advance and sorry for my english..

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Joshua Naterman

Do you have high blood pressure?

Do you have a family history of hyperaldosteronism or kidney issues?

Do you eat an enormous amount of salty foods?

Are you on medications?

Do you have trouble drinking enough fluids?

Are you on medical fluid restrictions?

 

If any of these answers are yes, you need to see a Registered Dietician and your doctor.

 

If you have no apparent health problems, and no family history, and you're not already getting enough salt in your diet, you will probably be fine, but I can't make an official recommendation.

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ZRX38

Hey joshua, thanks for your response!

I dont have high blood pressure. I try to eat as clean as possible, without adding salt. I am not on medications or medical fluid restrictions. I drink a lot of water

 

How much salt should i been getting per day? I had read that the minimum amout is something like 0.5 grams, and the maximum should be 2.5 grams. Is this correct?

Thanks in advance

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teilzeitstudent

Some quick GoogleFu would have given you the answer (but then again, I wouldn't have the opportunity to get my last moderator- approved post out):

"The Institute of Medicine recommends 1500 mg of sodium per day as the Adequate Intake level for most Americans and advises everyone to limit sodium intake to less than 2300 mg per day": http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsSodium/, see also http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm181577.htm

These values are based on the USDA's recommendations of water intake, potassium and others.

 

All in all, its always a good idea to have the official dietary guidelines of either the European Union or USA bookmarked; http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp can get you started.

How these values adjust for athletes specifically, however, is a matter of many scientific studies and forum posts ;)

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Joshua Naterman

Some quick GoogleFu would have given you the answer (but then again, I wouldn't have the opportunity to get my last moderator- approved post out):

"The Institute of Medicine recommends 1500 mg of sodium per day as the Adequate Intake level for most Americans and advises everyone to limit sodium intake to less than 2300 mg per day": http://www.cdc.gov/Features/dsSodium/, see also http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm181577.htm

These values are based on the USDA's recommendations of water intake, potassium and others.

 

All in all, its always a good idea to have the official dietary guidelines of either the European Union or USA bookmarked; http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp can get you started.

How these values adjust for athletes specifically, however, is a matter of many scientific studies and forum posts ;)

Those are the official recommendations.

 

However, there is other really good research that is suggesting that, FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE, getting 2000-6000 mg is really the sweet spot for health. Getting under 2000mg of sodium is actually associated with higher than normal mortality in this research. The range is going to be large because people are different sizes, and lose sodium at different rates due to sweating (caused by exercise local weather, personal genetics, etc.), and assumes adequate water intake.

 

No, I don't remember where the link is... use google scholar and pubmed.

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ZRX38

Thanks for your response Joshua!

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Joshua Naterman

You're welcome :)

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