Should I worry about my salt intake as an athlete?

I do 7 times a week + – 1 or 2.
A lot of endurance training during boxing and I obviously sweat a lot during exercise but keeping in mind that I have hyperhidrosis (which means excessive sweating) I sweat more than usual.

Should I ever worry about sodium intake?
I've never watched it, but I take piles of soy sauce and add salt to my foods that may be overly heavy but does the sweatijg counter balance sodium or should I lower my sodium?

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14 thoughts on “Should I worry about my salt intake as an athlete?”

  1. I wouldn’t worry too much. You lose a lot when training and especially now if any of your training is outdoors in the brutal heat you’ll lose more. If you have HBP maybe see a doctor to monitor it.

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  2. Don’t take my word for it, but if you food you cook yourself, it’s hard to overeat salt to the point at which you die… It just doesn’t taste good. It’s self regulatory. I know there are a lot of studies both ways. But studies of salt intake in correlation against mortality and longevity INSTEAD OF BLOOD PRESSURE seem to indicate to me it’s so overhyped. Do your own research to reinforce or debunk what I’m saying, i.e., **take what I’m saying with a grain of salt.**

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  3. You should worry about your salt intake if it’s something to worry about. Anecdotally, I feel like I eat a lot of salt (I have to try to not finish a jar of pickles in one sitting) but I recently got blood work done and it turns out my sodium levels are on the low side of normal. My blood pressure is also on the low side of normal. If you’re concerned, you should get those things checked.

    On a side note, if you’re mostly eating lower processed foods and then adding salt to it, you’re probably fine. A lot of sodium consumed in the modern American diet (can’t speak for other places) is because processed foods have ridiculously high sodium levels. Restaurants also tend to add way more salt than most home cooks.

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  4. I wouldn’t worry about it. I’m guessing you’re fairly young and you exercise a lot. If you find yourself craving salty food, that’s your brain telling you something. The link between salt and hypertension is a lot more complicated than just “salt = higher BP”. I’d check your BP like ever if you’re really paranoid.

    Ps: I’m a fellow heavy sweater, and I gobble up salt. Never had any BP issues.

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  5. Unless you feel lightheaded a lot (probably low salt) or get told by a doc that your BP is rising (possibly high salt), then you’re fine. I was working out a lot and eating quite a bit of salt, but I would also nearly pass out when I walked up stairs. My doc actually told me to take salt pills. Everyone is different.

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  6. Not all salts are created equal. Don’t compensate salt loss during workouts by dumping too much sodium in your system. Worry about the overall electrolytes loss when working out. You can always make a cheap and effective homemade electrolytes drink and consume that during workouts, instead of just plain water. And reduce the sodium you are compensating with, because that could easily lead to high blood pressure issues.

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  7. Yeah you should always monitor salt intake because it can always be too high which can lead to problems down the road.

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    As an athlete, you are losing more sodium than the average person (when you sweat), so you can eat more sodium than the average person. But that doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want. The average person should have no more than 1500mg. For an athlete at your level, 2500mg is probably the safe upper limit.

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  8. I wouldn’t worry about it. It’s way worse to not have enough salt than too much salt.

    Your body should start craving salty foods if you don’t have enough. I’m guessing because you drink a lot of water and sweat a lot, you need more salt to replenish the salt you sweat out.

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  9. Like the previous comment, just keep an eye on your blood pressure. Excessive sweating combined with high sodium could cause issues there I imagine (not a doctor!). A few years ago I was active and “healthy” but my salt intake was higher than it should have been, lead to a kidney stone I had to get laser blasted out of my body. Since then I try to drink way more water, can’t hurt. Maybe just balance the high sodium with really high water intake, which you may do already.

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