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Old 09-16-2007, 10:42 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, 11:02 AM   #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, 11:04 AM   #3
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There is salt in beer...
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Old 09-16-2007, 11:49 AM   #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, 07:27 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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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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Old 09-17-2007, 04:46 PM   #8
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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, 10:12 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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Old 09-19-2007, 10:15 AM   #11
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V8 juice has a fair amount of sodium in it.
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I can make a meal out of dill pickles, olives, salami, cheese and crackers! Goes great with beer.
Many cheeses are heavy on the salt / sodium; as can be ham, corned beef, and sauerkraut.
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Old 09-21-2007, 09:32 AM   #13
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A good meat and cheese assortment will boost your sodium any day of the week. Any, with such a variety to choose from, you can keep it interesting. Also, I saw it was mentioned earlier, but adding some salt in your beer will help too.
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Get yourself an Ina Garten cookbook. Any one will do. She puts so much salt in her recipes, every time she flushes her toilet she raises the electrolyte level in the Long Island Sound.
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Old 10-13-2007, 08:20 PM   #15
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A lot of low fat food items have more sodium in them than the ones that are not lower in fat.
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