Salt and Athletes: Shake it or Leave it? - Nancy Clark

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Perhaps you, too, have wondered about the role of salt, or more correctly, sodium (the part of salt associated with high blood pressure) in your diet. This article can help you figure that out.

By Nancy Clark
B.T.com Contributor

Some athletes sweat so much they end up crusted with salt; they wonder if they need to eat extra salt to replace what is lost in sweat. Other athletes avoid salt like the plague; they see no need to add it to their food because the typical American diet already contains way too much. And then there are marathoners and triathletes who read about their peers who died of hyponatremia (low blood sodium). They wonder if they should start eating salty foods as a part of their daily sports diet.

 
Perhaps you, too, have wondered about the role of salt, or more correctly, sodium (the part of salt associated with high blood pressure) in your diet. This article can help you figure out if you should shake it or leave it.

Salt: What it is and what it does
Salt is made up of two minerals, sodium and chloride — also called electrolytes (electrically charged particles). [.....]

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date: May 16, 2005

Nancy Clark

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, an internationally known sports nutritionist and nutrition author, is a registered dietitian (RD) who specializes in nutrition for exercise, health and the nutritional management of eating disorders.

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Nancy Clark, MS, RD, an internationally known sports nutritionist and nutrition author, is a registered dietitian (RD) who specializes in nutrition for exercise, health and the nutritional management of eating disorders.

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