4/21/2011 11:49:28 AM
it's not the sodium, it's the sodium CHLORIDE. its the sodium NOT NATURALLY FOUND IN YOUR FRESH FOODS. It's the sodium contributed by the little word SALT listed in the ingredients list.
I eat less then 1,000mg of sodium but I can still get practically 1,500 just through what I eat. For instance, Celery, Egg whites, Spinach, Chard to name a few - are very high in naturally occurring sodium.
While this sodium can still raise your blood pressure and therefore you should moderate how much you eat and how it affects you - this sodium is also very accessible for your muscles, brain, etc to use and it's just as easy for your body to excrete and get rid of.
It's the CHLORIDE in the sodium chloride in your salt shaker that sneaks into the walls of your cells and forces the cell to inflate with water - causing an imbalance in your body (when you start to feel super thirsty after consuming salt) and therefore the water you drink needs to help put your body into a balance. Thus you get water retention.
You don't get the same water retention if any at all when you get your sodium from your meats, grains, fruits & vegetables.