- 08-25-2014, 12:08 AM
I understand that sodium causes increases in blood volume via fluid retention, which then increases BP. And sodium is also involved in muscular contraction via excitation to release Ca++.
My question is: is there any benefit to adding some salt or sodium to my pre-workout? How about sodium bicarbonate? I do sweat a lot, so I am losing some there. Not really getting in any other electrolytes immediately pre- or intra-workout either.
- 08-25-2014, 10:26 AM
sodium bicarbonate has benefits in itself. This would depend on how much sodium you are getting daily and how much you are getting in a pre workout meal1300 pound club, 1400 in site
08-25-2014, 10:54 AM
In for responses.
Here's my two cents and I'm no nutritionist. Unless you are eating super healthy, everything you eat is fresh, nothing pre-packaged, then I'm guessing you get enough sodium in your diet. Every non-fresh food I eat is crammed with sodium - mustard, seasonings(anything that adds flavor), yogurt, cottage cheese, turkey bacon, deli meat, canned tuna cheese, protein powders. I'm sure I'm forgetting others. I try my best to limit my sodium but it's hard.
08-25-2014, 01:24 PM
08-25-2014, 01:26 PM
08-25-2014, 01:36 PM
08-25-2014, 02:03 PM
I put 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt in with my intra-workout along with 1/4 teaspoon potassium chloride just to get more electrolytes in during training.
I've also read the sea salt helps give you more of a pump especially used in conjunction with intra-workout carbs.
08-25-2014, 06:10 PM
i dont really see adding salt benefiting you much then, you could look into sodium bicarbonate as it has benefits on its own as i stated before
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08-25-2014, 06:18 PM
I rarely add any salts to foods, but I also don't completely avoid it. Like another poster said, it's loaded in some of the processed foods/sauces.
Salts are an electrolyte, so some certainly won't hurt, but I'm not so certain adding it into your pre is beneficial unless you've downed quit a bit of water prior to, flushing out your electrolytes.
You could always trial it out over a week and see how you respond to a little salts pre.
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08-25-2014, 07:17 PM
i love sodium pre workout, pumps for days. two rice cakes and iodized salt sprinkled all over... mmmmm
08-25-2014, 08:35 PM
08-25-2014, 11:17 PM
Never done a Keto diet but iirc there is recommendation to consume broth at certain points; I believe it's for muscle contractions and a pump. Not sure but maybe someone with more knowledge of the Keto diet can chime in on this.
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