“This is another Atkins myth. The harmful effects of excess sodium intake do not vary by diet. Carbohydrate consumption is not a factor.”
I dont know what Atkins said about salt. All I know is about more recent research which my own doctor seems to be familiar with, and which has led me into trying to up my sodium intake in spite of the fact that I just dont like the taste of salt I prefer the taste of food without it. For the record, I ended up with very high blood pressure in spite of very limited sodium intake. Since going lower carb never particularly high to start with my blood pressure meds have been reduced along with hypothyroid meds (born defective ;-) and ditched 8kg.
ditto! Didn't know about the carb thing, thanks!
My doctor has never mentioned restricitng salt intake in spite of the fact as I have aged my blood pressure has risen.
My semianual blood work measures the sodium level. It is always comfortably below the upper limit. Rather than try to measure consumption, it is easier to measure the effect, blood sodium level. When it passed the limit over a 6 monyh interval he medicated
Unlike you, I crave salt and unlike my wife who is like you, add salt to most food
here was a study done a few years ago that found that people tended to unconsciously self regulate salt intake as the level fluctuated in their bodies. If things taste salty to you I’d say that’s a good indication that you don’t need anymore.
I have personally witnessed the effects of TOO LOW a sodium level in my own mother and it is frightening. One day she started to say things that made no sense and when my father realized just how wacky she was acting he got her to the emergency room. I met them there and could not believe this was my normally very intelligent mother babbling like someone who needed to be in a home for the incapacitated. A blood test quickly came back indicating a low sodium level, she was put on an IV drip and was back to normal soon. I had had no idea before this just how dangerous LOW sodium can be.