View Full Version : How much is too little sodium?

01-03-2002, 02:01 PM
Assuming one drinks over a gallon or two of water each day, and one is not currently prepping for a show or even competing at all, how low should one keep sodium intake?

I currently consume approximately1300-1500 mg per day, maximum, the majority of which comes from egg whites and one 3oz can of tuna.

Is there any danger to low-sodium intake? Furthermore, how much sodium is needed to cause noticeable water retention?

Also, has anyone tried a product called "No-Salt"? It's potassium chloride rather than sodium chloride. How would increased potassium intake affect an individual, especially with a relatively low sodium intake and significant water intake?


01-03-2002, 02:12 PM
Sodium intake is far less important than most people realize. Regardless of a high or low sodium intake, your body reacts to balance sodiums effects in the body. Only drastic upswings and downswings will result in a noticeable water weight change. So the key is to stay consistant at whatever your daily intake is, whether it be 1000 or 3000 mg.

Many bodybuilders eat high sodium diets in the offseason not because it makes them bloated and thicker, but because when they drastically cut their sodium before a contest, they'll lose a lot of water weight before their body has time to adjust.

To sum it all up, don't worry about how much sodium you consume, just worry about keeping it consistant from day to day.