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Old 09-16-2007, 11:42 AM   #1
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Low sodium

I had some health issues earlier this year that almost put me down. Fortunately, when I quit taking aspirin and got two pints of red cell packed blood, the issues were resolved.
I went in last week for a 6 month follow-up, and gave the friendly lab vampire a BIG vial of blood. Everything was great...red blood cells were back up, liver, kidney functions were normal (good news for a drinker), as were thyroid and potassium levels, sugar was slightly high, but not bad...the only problem was that I was low on sodium.
The reason for the low sodium is the same thing that keeps my liver and kidneys clean...I drink a LOT of liquids. I have a glass of iced tea in my hand all day until beer-thirty. When I go to bed, there's ice water on the night stand. But all those liquids leach out the salts.

This isn't a fluke...My sodium level always turns up low, and every time the doctor says, "Salt your food." Thing being, I just don't like my food that salty.
Does anyone have suggestions on how to get more sodium into my diet?

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Old 09-16-2007, 12:02 PM   #2
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Pickles and olives are loaded with salt.

Here's an article on how to reduce sodium in your diet: Sodium: Are you getting too much? - MayoClinic.com Just do the opposite

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Old 09-16-2007, 12:04 PM   #3
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There is salt in beer...
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:49 PM   #4
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Excahnge that bottomless glass of iced tea for Gatorade! 110 mg of sodium per 8 ounce serving.
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Old 09-16-2007, 08:27 PM   #5
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Good idea, Caine, but I can't handle the carbs...I have to keep my sugar down.
I do drink light beer, and love olives and pickles. I guess I need to get the pickles out more often. The dills have virtually no calories.
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Old 09-17-2007, 12:24 AM   #6
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Add salt to your beer. Glad I could help!
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I remember seeing people doing that, now that you mention it, Elf. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the idea!
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Milk has a fair amount of sodium. Grasshoppers, White Russians New England Clam Chowder, Salami, Olives, canned soup?
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Milk has a fair amount of sodium. Grasshoppers, White Russians New England Clam Chowder, Salami, Olives, canned soup?
Hey, I'm LOW sodium!
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Old 09-19-2007, 11:12 AM   #10
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I can make a meal out of dill pickles, olives, salami, cheese and crackers! Goes great with beer.
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