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awesomeame
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   Posted 7/24/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I've been experimenting with the salt intake over here. I found that if I don't add any salt in my diet, after a day I'll get dizzy when standing up and have low energy.  This is eating a high protein/fat diet.  The longer I go the more tired I get, and the more vertigo I experience. Then I'll binge on pepperettes, easily eating a pound in one sitting, each 25g containing 250mg sodium. I thought I was eating them for hunger, but I replaced the pepperettes with just plain sea salt, and then no binges for the pepperettes..hmmm! I feel good at 4-8g of salt a day...way above recommended, but any less and I feel crappy! If I feel crappy I just up the sodium intake and fine I am. Anyway just an observation, does anyone else notice that they have to add a lot of salt to your diet?  Pre-op I don't remember eating so much sodium either...

Matt


Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


summerstorm
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   Posted 7/24/2009 11:06 PM (GMT -7)   
the sodium helps you retain water.

Whats a pepperette?

Shaz032
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   Posted 7/24/2009 11:55 PM (GMT -7)   
The large intestine absorbs primarily salts and water. Therefore, ileostomates need more salt as we don't absorb as much as 'bowel intact' people. We should NEVER skimp on salt at meal times. I've gotten to the point with salt cravings where I've literally poured some into my hand and licked it up.

I usually know when I'm in need of more salts cos I tend to get excruciating cramping in the calves of my legs.
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awesomeame
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   Posted 7/25/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
A pepperette? lol really? It must be called something else down there in the south :) It's a stick of meat, cured. They come in all sorts of meat combinations and spicing. Do you have "hot rods" down there? They're just like that, but bigger.

thx shaz, that would explain my salt craving for sure!

Matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


summerstorm
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   Posted 7/25/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
maybe its like a slim jim? I dont know what a hot rod is either. Im awful country though, we dont have much! :D

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/27/2009 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I have craved pickles and olives with pimentos....So, YES, I do feel better when I keep up on my salt intake, too!!

My other craving lately has been Payday candy bars...I love the salty peanuts on them!!!

Don't feel bad summerstorm, I didn't know what they were either, but I'm guessing like a slim jim, too!

summerstorm
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   Posted 7/27/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
OMG i LOVE payday candy bars, i had totally forgotten about them!!! i think i would be afraid to eat themthough, since they are peanuts

sparkn
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   Posted 7/27/2009 11:09 PM (GMT -7)   
This is so interesting! I have been getting dizzy lately and had no idea what was going on, I'll try more salt and see if it helps.
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flchurchlady
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   Posted 7/28/2009 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Down here in the US, a 'hot rod' is a souped up muscle car, and Pepperettes are called Slim Jims. Lately, I've been into Rold Gold Honey Wheat pretzels. They're salty and sweet... yum!

mikeman
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   Posted 7/28/2009 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
i get the standing up too fast, really bad, dizzy spells too but it is every day regardless of my diet...
apparently there is a link to sodium deficiency and dizziness. the weird thing is I don't feel dehydrated at all.
I'm gonna experiment with a tablespoon of some morton right now because I seriously need to brace a wall every time I stand up fast.

Sorry Mikeman, please limit your signature to 10 lines or less (incl blank lines) as per forum rules. Thanks... Shaz

Post Edited By Moderator (Shaz032) : 7/31/2009 9:54:40 AM (GMT-6)


Trigirl
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   Posted 8/1/2009 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Standing up and feeling dizzy has to do with low blood pressure for me. Dr. just keeps a watch on it.

Also in some sports stores they sell salt tablets for when a person is doing long endurance racing. Like marathons and triathlons. Wonder if they would work for helping retain water in the body of ostomates?
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