• Salt makes you retain water. I have never heard that water can do any wrong for your body (unless you are drowning). I don't think that adding salt can make your body retain minerals either. Take a multi-vitamin....:)
  • anyone else?
  • yea i know it doesn't retain minerals, but if you sweat a lot during any given activity, it helps your body clear away poisonous materials through sweat, kinda like detoxing...i guess?!!
  • While drinking insane quantities of water can flush the salts and minerals from your body and cause you to die, this isn't really happening often. The only cases of this that I've heard of is when people are on powerful prescription drugs that cause extreme thirst or people who commonly take extacy as this can be one of the side effects. Unless you're hitting the E pretty often or in the hospital on these drugs, its not really anything to worry about.
  • 8-22-2017 Stop getting nutritional advice from strangers and read a book. Book writers change their minds occasionally, but at least they don't publish bullstuff that was made up by some uneducated goofball.
  • No, don't take additional salt -- already an excess in you diet most likely. As a general guideline half your weight in water daily. That would also include what is in the food you consume, plus beverages, except any caffeinated. Filtered pure water good -- distilled bad as the minerals have been removed by that process. Who made this recommendation? Some one who knows, or just think they do?
    • Jewels Vern
      If a guy weighs 160 pounds, half that in water is ten gallons. Even hiking all day in the desert you only need to carry two gallons. No, the best guidance is to drink when you feel thirsty, and don't worry about minerals as long as the water is not muddy.
    • dumdum
      Yes indeed -- thank you, I knew better. Should have read "half of your body weight in ounces." Can't say I pay much attention to such guidelines -- but there it is. As to drinking when thirsty, that seems akin to only eating when hungry -- which in turn would mean to not do, or stop when not either. Another area that I am uniquely unqualified to give advise in, but I've never let that stop me. Thanks once more for reading and responding Jewels Vern.
  • * SALT AND YOUR HEALTH High-salt diets have been accused of causing high blood pressure, a factor in heart attacks. For this reason, health specialists generally recommend a daily intake of no more than six grams. However, recent studies seem to suggest that eating less salt does not significantly lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure and that it has even less effect on people with normal blood pressure. A study published in The Lancet, of March 14, 1998, indicated that people on a low-salt diet suffered more heart attacks than those with normal sodium intake, and the study concluded that
    • Jewels Vern
      Sodium makes the cells retain water. Potassium makes the cells release water. The amounts of each don't matter much, it is the balance that matters most. So any study should include both.

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