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    Sodium and Anabolism


    Here's an interesting article about the effects of sodium. This was posted today over at IM and I thought I'd post it over here for you guys and to get some more thoughts. I thought it was a good interesting read and it certainly goes against what we've generally been told to believe.


    Sodium - Anabolic


    The “Sodium - Anabolic”Connection!

    One of the most powerful anabolic stimuli may be sitting right on your dinner table.

    Bodybuilders are constantly fed conflicting information regarding nutritional
    intake. This information, dished out mainly by the magazines, is primarily
    manipulated to sell you supplements. Yes, the magazines do have a vested
    interest in supplements. More space is devoted to marketing their
    supplements, either through articles or ads (in many cases these are one in the
    same), than is devoted to non-promotional productive training and nutritional
    information. Sad but true. Unfortunately you have to learn to see through the
    monetarily motivated bull****.

    The Sodium Dilemma

    As a whole, bodybuilders who think they are serious about their diet, generally
    cut out all extra sodium intake. Most are under the false notion that sodium
    will make them fat, cause them to retain extra water (as if this were a bad
    thing), cause high blood pressure or is just overall an unhealthy mineral. None
    of which is true. First off, sodium does not cause hypertension. This is a
    disease sodium can aggravate but not manifest. Secondly, sodium will not
    make you fat in any way, shape, or form. Thirdly, sodium is an essential
    nutrient your body can’t live without. Many functions in the body are
    "sodium-dependant". They require the presence of sodium. Many amino acids
    are transported by sodium carriers.

    Just recently the results of a major 10 year study were released vindicating
    sodium as the unhealthy mineral. In fact this study revealed that individuals
    with higher sodium intake had a lower mortality rate. That's right. Those that
    consumed a diet low in sodium actually died at an earlier age than those with
    higher sodium intakes. That pretty much throws a serious monkey wrench into
    the generally accepted thinking on sodium now doesn't it?

    With these fallacies out of the way let's see how we can manipulate our
    sodium intake to help increase muscular size and strength.

    Sodium and Muscle Growth

    Sodium is the primary positively charged ion in extra-cellular fluid. Sodium
    regulates blood volume, acid-base balance, muscle and nerve function and
    ATP-hydrolyzing activity in skeletal muscle. Potassium is the primary
    positively charged ion in intracellular fluid. Potassium regulates intra-muscular
    fluid levels, muscle and nerve function and ATP-hydrolyzing activity in skeletal
    muscle.

    As you can see, sodium and potassium perform very similar functions with the
    major difference being in the intra and extra-cellular fluid regulation. Most
    everyone is aware that sodium has an effect on subcutaneous (under the skin)
    fluid retention. Potassium has its effect on fluid inside the muscle cell. What
    most don’t realize is that these two minerals are constantly striving for
    equilibrium. When one gets out of line with the other your system will strive to
    adjust to the underlying situation.

    When you cut your sodium intake, your body will quickly compensate by
    holding more sodium in and releasing potassium out thereby decreasing fluid
    inside the muscle cell. When you increase your sodium intake your body will
    compensate by holding more potassium in (increasing intra-muscular fluid) and
    increasing the excretion of sodium.

    Sodium, potassium and the balance between the two can have a prominent
    impact on muscle size and anabolism (increased cellular fluid inside the muscle
    cell promotes an anabolic response in muscle tissue) as well as strength
    through increase joint leverage. Also, elevated sodium and potassium levels
    will tend to prevent soft tissue injuries so common in heavy training.

    Sodium's Influence

    Increases muscle size through an increase in muscle cell
    fluid volume.

    Increasing cellular fluid increases protein turnover and
    overload stimulated lean tissue accrual.

    Increased intra and extra-cellular fluid increases joint
    leverage positively impacting strength for greater muscle
    overload.

    Increased intra and extra-cellular fluid decreases muscle
    strains and helps protect soft and connective tissue from
    injury.

    Many critical amino acids are "sodium-dependant". This
    means they actually have to attach to a sodium molecule
    to enter the muscle cell.

    Getting Enough

    You can get enough potassium from a good multi-mineral supplement.
    Bananas are also an excellent source and are highly recommended. Each bite
    has about 100 milligrams of potassium. Sodium is another story. The typical
    athlete that eats a disciplined diet low in fat is probably not benefiting from
    proper sodium intake as he should. Forget the myth of avoiding table salt.
    Don’t be afraid to use salt liberally. This is important. I know, over the years
    the media has pounded the “avoid salt” routine down your throat but you must
    understand, not only this is geared towards the “average person” - if you train
    and eat like a bodybuilder, you are not an average person - it's opposite of
    what recent science has shown to be healthy.

    Remember, the low/no sodium approach will limit the rate at which you can
    put on muscle from both a fluid balance standpoint and through hormonal
    suppression effects.

    One of the key effects of steroids, especially the high androgenic ones, is their
    ability to promote the retention of sodium. This sodium retention is believed to
    be a major contributor to the muscle growth experienced while on steroids.
    This is a relatively new area of research. The medical community can’t seem
    to agree on just how and why steroids work and this appears to be an area
    that has been seriously overlooked.

    Sodium and potassium are regulated by aldosterone. Aldosterone is produced
    in the adrenal cortex. Steroids have a direct influence on the adrenal cortex
    which also produces cortisol and other glucocorticoids. See a connection?

    We will have much more on the groundbreaking research into The “Sodium
    -Anabolic” Connection in the near future. In the meantime, for a serious
    anabolic jolt, simply increase your sodium intake by salting your food a little
    more. It doesn't take a ton of salt. Just get in the habit of salting your food at
    every meal. Steadily increase the amount you use over a one month period.
    You'll be bigger, stronger, and much less susceptible to progress halting
    injuries. And guess what? It costs only about 27 cents for a 3 month supply.

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    Take it with a grain of salt...

    http://www.chemo.net/disclosu.htm

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    Interesting. I keep my sodium normal. i don't worry if its too low or high really. i don't deliberately eat sodium on purpose . i won't avoid a food because it has 35 % sodium though.

    any more information on sodium, anabolic effects and safety and whether its legit studies?
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    Post #7 and #10 you guys might find interesting(maybe it's just me?).

    http://www.mindandmuscle.net/forum/i...5990&hl=sodium

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    yeah I thought it was the opposite. So Lower it while putting in excess calories and up it while cutting.(with the exception of contest..cut it out and take potassium)

    Thats my comprehension. Is that what you got out of it rpen?
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    Yeah, that appears to be what Spook was saying.

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    I know potassium regulates the heart beat and too much can cause problems (like death!). Does anyone know the safe limit?

    Is a multi or two a day enough to get positive results?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nitrox View Post
    Take it with a grain of salt...

    http://www.chemo.net/disclosu.htm

    About LifeForce Hospitals
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    In addition to historical information, this website, including the press releases posted to the website, contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, uncertainties related to the LifeForce Hospitalsí early stage of development and clinical trials and dependence on collaborative and licensing arrangements, which may cause actual results to differ materially.
    Yes I agree. I was in no way saying it was 100% factual or that everyone should immediately change their diets to incorporate more sodium. I just thought it was interesting and wanted to get some knowledgeable opinions about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpen22 View Post
    Post #7 and #10 you guys might find interesting(maybe it's just me?).

    sodium and fat loss - Mind and Muscle Forums
    Interesting post Rpen. Thanks. I'll make sure I don't limit my sodium intake next time I'm cutting.

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    There's a lot of talk in alternative medicine about sodium and a lot of practioners will have hypoadrenal patients consume LOTS of sea salt everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigrobbierob View Post
    I know potassium regulates the heart beat and too much can cause problems (like death!). Does anyone know the safe limit?

    Is a multi or two a day enough to get positive results?
    did the guy doing the MTV bodybuilding contest say how much ptassium he was dping in the show?

    I've looked over youtube and cannot find this show. I watched it on MTv years ago(like I think i was 22) and can't remember everything this guy did. I do remember his Dad shaved his ass.
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