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Does Water Consumption Offset Sodium Intake?

I drink tons of water everyday. I end up walking to the bathroom at least once an hour. Does this process offset eating too much sodium? I know they say that sodium will make you retain water but if you are going and going (more than the Energizer Bunny) can you possibly be retaining water?
If can effectively flush out the sodium with water consumption and you ensure you are getting enough water does sodium really matter?

Sat. Oct 7, 5:29am

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this is something i have always wondered as well and i anxiously await the answer! good question!

Saturday, October 07, 2006, 3:19 PM

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I can't find any articles that say to drink water to flush out sodium. Everything I've found so far says to reduce your salt intake and increase exercise (to sweat out the sodium). If you can excrete sodium through sweat, you should be able to excrete it in urine, too (by drinking alot) I would think! I'll keep looking. This is an interesting topic.

Here's a link for now:


Saturday, October 07, 2006, 3:58 PM

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3:58 poster again. I found a site that says to *avoid* excess fluids to treat edema (water retention)


Saturday, October 07, 2006, 4:00 PM

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I drink about 40 oz of coffee in the morning and water throughout the day and I'm in the bathroom every half hour or so. I tend to have to go again soon after I've already gone but I try and wait it out. I know I consume a lot of liquids but I see others drinking a lot too and they are never in the bathroom. When I was younger I had frequent bladder infections, do to holding it all the time I think. Before I go to bed I feel like I have to go but then when I do it's a tiny amount, this happens at least two maybe three times a night. I wonder if I have an abnormally small bladder. This has been going on as long as I can remember.

Saturday, October 07, 2006, 4:42 PM

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frequent urination is often a sign of diabetes. I drink a LOT of water as well, but am certainly not in the bathroom every half hour. (In an 8 hour shift, I tend to drink 2L of water, and have a 8oz smoothie- but will urinate 6 times at most and I don't suffer from retention) And when I urinate, it's not a "tinkle".

Saturday, October 07, 2006, 5:25 PM

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4:42 - Thank god I am not alone!! You sound just like me.

Sunday, October 08, 2006, 1:19 PM

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4:42 poster - I'm the exact same way. And I have had my blood sugar tested for diabetes every year at my physical and I'm not diabetic.

Sunday, October 08, 2006, 2:13 PM

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It's 4:42, is there anything we can do about this? I schedule my whole life around how quickly I can get to a bathroom. This got me thinking and I did some searching on it but I didn't find anything. All I found was people who couldn't control it, I'm glad that's not my problem but it would be nice not to have to go so much. I'm in classes a few days a week and in an hour and fifteen min. class I go 2x and once before and after. This is nuts! I feel bad for the people around me. I've been lucky enough to work from home so I don't notice it until I am out of the house. The only positive thing is that I could tell you where every bathroom in every store and restaurant in my city is!
What do you do about it? Did you also have frequent infections?

Sunday, October 08, 2006, 7:10 PM

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It would do no good to increase water consumption because it will just cause edema and isn't good for your cardiovascular system. It will raise your blood pressure and your heart has to work harder and the pressure against your blood vessels causes damage and weakness to the linings of the vessel walls. The best thing is to just cut out some sodium from your diet.

Also some sodium gets excreted through urine.

Sunday, October 08, 2006, 7:38 PM

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To the 4:42 poster, wow, 40 oz of coffee? That could be part of the problem, that much coffee can make a lot of people go running to the bathroom. But I find myself thinking about my mother who has a tilted uterus thats pushes on her bladder, she goes to the bathroom all the time. Have you ever been told that you could have a tilted uterus?

Monday, October 09, 2006, 2:04 AM

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