Does over consuming sodium cause loss of abs definition?

  • wesv

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    Feb 06, 2015 5:46 AM GMT
    I heard it does.
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    Feb 06, 2015 6:02 AM GMT
    It will cause water retention which can make abs look less defined. Many models will try to avoid any sodium a day or two before a shoot.

    Unless you are a professional model with an upcoming cover shoot- it is really nothing to be concerned with.
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    Feb 06, 2015 5:04 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidCash pretty much nailed it.

    Now for every quart of water I drink I add an 1/8 of a teaspoon of iodized salt to my water. I notice a difference and feel a lot better.


    On average, most people consume way more sodium than what's recommended. Many of these are not able to properly regulate their sodium balance and will accumulate it, leading to water retention and quite often high blood pressure. Since hypertension has numerous effects on your health, just check your blood pressure now and then and make sure it's within the normal limits (<120/<80 is ideal, but a bit higher is normal). If it's considerably higher though, speak to your GP. Reducing sodium intake would be the first thing to do.
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 06, 2015 6:34 PM GMT
    There's a lot of misinformation floating around about salt, mainly because the original British study that started the anti-salt assault was deeply flawed. Current thinking is that for a healthy person, salt intake does raise blood pressure but only briefly while your body retains fluid to neutralize the PH increase. But only briefly and with no harm done. So you pee away the extra fluid, and pressure returns to normal. But that is for a HEALTHY person.
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    Feb 06, 2015 6:38 PM GMT
    Same thing with creatine.
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    Feb 07, 2015 8:45 PM GMT
    Yes it does.



    Or it may cause low hanging balls.

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  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 07, 2015 8:48 PM GMT
    Too much sodium can cause problems of rising blood pressure.
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    Feb 07, 2015 10:12 PM GMT
    if you have hypernatrimia (high sodium) then you can have kidney failure or get into cardiac arrest because of the increased vasoconstriction that sodium causes on your blood vessels from renin and angiotensin. You get abs through anabolism of your abdominal muscles which can only happen when you contract them enough that your body starts to develop them. If you don't exercise, then it's a waste of your bodies resources and your body is very efficient.
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    Feb 07, 2015 10:19 PM GMT
    musclesbuilder saidOr it may cause low hanging balls.

    In that case more french fries and potato chips for me.
  • mybud

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    Feb 07, 2015 11:47 PM GMT
    Yes...it's water retention or bloat.
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    Feb 08, 2015 2:38 AM GMT
    There is no good evidence-based data that I am aware of that would validate that claim. (If there is, please direct me to that source, because I would like to review the that study). Too much dietary sodium may exacerbate the condition of primary or essential hypertension. Uncontrolled hypertension may lead to stroke or heart attack in the presence of other risk factors.

    Want good abs? Try eating a balanced diet and do sit ups and cardio.

    There...my work is done.
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    Feb 08, 2015 5:53 AM GMT
    Yeah... it definitely must have been the sodium that was sticking to the pasta. icon_redface.gif
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    Feb 08, 2015 7:00 PM GMT
    You can reduce your salt intake too much. My aunt, in her late 70s, is taking a blood thinner and her doctor did the knee-jerk thing and told her to reduce her salt intake. She was so good at it that she started collapsing and fainting and had to be taken to the ER. When they did a blood test they were very alarmed at her very low sodium level and immediately put her on an IV to get it back up to normal. The ER doctor told her to drink Gatorade regularly.