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optimal sodium and potassium intake?
« on: August 25, 2006, 10:06:11 AM »
Anybody have any opinions on the optimal sodium and potassium intakes?

Loren Cordain in the Paleo Diet seems to say that we don't need any sodium and that the more potassium we get the better.

Stephen Phinney argues that a fair amount of sodium is necessary in ketogenic studies.

http://www.nutritionandmetabolism.com/content/1/1/2

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Re: optimal sodium and potassium intake?
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2006, 10:20:35 AM »
As part of the daily foraging caveman consumed a large amount of plant-based food loaded with potassium. In contrast salt is a precious commodity rarely available; it goes without saying that the salting of food was not practiced until recently.
I believe a diet, healthy by modern standard, still skews toward excess sodium.
What's important is the balance (in ratio) between the two. Also think of the accumulation of excess sodium (that the body learns to conserve through evolution) up until the time you discover this new & improved way of eating.


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Re: optimal sodium and potassium intake?
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2006, 01:39:07 PM »
As part of the daily foraging caveman consumed a large amount of plant-based food loaded with potassium. In contrast salt is a precious commodity rarely available; it goes without saying that the salting of food was not practiced until recently.
I believe a diet, healthy by modern standard, still skews toward excess sodium.
What's important is the balance (in ratio) between the two. Also think of the accumulation of excess sodium (that the body learns to conserve through evolution) up until the time you discover this new & improved way of eating.


Couldn't have put it better myself

If it's not in animal flesh vegetable or fruit you don't f*cking need it end of story

All these research studies and their follow up news at 11 special reports are part of the billion dollar industries trying to confuse the f*ck out of people

As I said earlier to one woman's enjoyment it's as simple as "Eat real f*cking food" and give two sh*ts of a f*ck all about what any other idiot says

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Re: optimal sodium and potassium intake?
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2006, 05:37:30 PM »
Wonder how Stephen Phinney, a guy who was doing ketogenic studies in the 80s and concluded they were safe and even optimal in many respects, would react to the accusation that his study was motivated by his desire to shill for the sodium industry.  Please. 

Just to conjecture, raw blood of sea animals might have a fair amount of salt.  Also, I believe it is true that landlocked peoples often went to great trouble to get the occasional seafood.