Anyone lower sodium TOO much?

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Posted: 07 Sep 2012, 19:51
Since I've started my diet, I've been very careful to lower my sodium intake, or rather more specifically, to try to boost my Potassium:Sodium ratio to a desired 4:1 or more. I'm doing this to better regulate my blood pressure, and partly to aid cellular membrane functions, per Richard Moore: Short informative article here of The Salt Solution & The High Blood Pressure Solution.

Anyway, for the last couple of days, I've had some symptoms of low blood sodium, aka hyponatremia,: nausea, headache, confusion, lethargy, fatigue, appetite loss, restlessness and irritability, muscle weakness & cramps. I attributed it to my weaning off of Cymbalta, since it's pretty well known to cause similar fx, and it's pretty difficult to cause Hyponatremia just by reduced sodium intake.

Just for giggles, and since I was at Sam's club waiting for a tire replacement, I sampled several of the prepared food samples that I usually shun, (mainly because of the high sodium).

Lo & behold, I started feeling better! Not great, but better.

Might have been my head-games, but I wonder, has anyone else experienced Hyponatremia by lowering dietary sodium TOO much???

btw, I have found that many foods do not list Potassium in nutritional data. Very, very frustrating!! grrrEvil or Very Mad

dx w/inoperable brain tumor 9/12, so nutrition is vital. Dedicated to slaying this beast.

"Keep on swimming" Nemo

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Posted: 07 Sep 2012, 20:05
You also need to be careful about too much potassium - if you have high blood potassium that can cause heart problems. You are more likely to become hyponatremic if you drink too much fluid. If you are drastically reducing your sodium intake you will probably need to balance your fluid intake. You really want to have a balance of all your electrolytes. Be careful and see a doctor if you don't feel better soon.

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