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Hey all of you. Hope the summer isn't killing anyone off yet, although somedays I feel it is. I just wanted to know how much salt intake everyones doctors have suggested. My dr just said add extra salt to things, but never gave me a number of mg. that would be good enough. Wonder if anyone here has had a dr. say what is a good range. Thanks in advance. Shelby

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I have a major electolite problem so I need quite a bit of salt a day. I take up to 8 grams of salt tablets as well as some salty broth and salt in my food.

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The recommended total is 10-15g per day.

http://www.dinet.org/what_helps.htm

I found that this was a little too much for me, so it is probably different for each person. My guess is that I have around 6-8g total. I think it's about a week before the salt really starts to work. I found that it snuck up on me and gave me high BP when I tried to take too much at once, so I would recommend increasing it slowly until you get to the right level. :(

(To clarify, these totals would include salt that you get from your regular food (which is 2-4g for most people) plus anything from supplements such as gatorade, salt tabs, broth, etc.)

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I read a John Hopkins article suggesting 2 500mg sustained release tabs three times a day (3000mg). My Cardio wants me to take 2000mg a day. I bought sustained release salt tabs called "Thermotabs" from immunesupport.com.

But I have also found that boullion/broth is just as good for me.

(For any of you from UK... my husband and I watch British comedies and he asked me if I was going to have to wear red tights and a gold helmet. "Thermotabs" - "ThermoMan")

~Roselover

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Just a reminder to remember there is a difference between the actual amount/weight of salt (usually measured in grams) versus the amount of sodium that the salt actually contains (normally measured in milligrams). So if your're reading something on salt intake or getting advice from a doc, etc., just be sure to clarify this. It confused me at first, so I thought I'd share this. :)

Gena

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Thank you all for your imput. I am just trying to figure out a good plan to get through the summer. I always hate this time of year. Most people get a winter house in Arizona or somewhere south so they are in the warm areas. I want a house in Alaska during the summer.

Hope you are all doing well.

Shelby

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My "diet instructions" on my Vanderbilt discharge paperwork states 8-10 grams of salt daily...

I don't take salt tabs at all but just add a lot to my food....I've never tried to calculate/measure it at all though...I just taste it:-)

Good Luck!

:-)melissa

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