required salt intake daily with ileostomy

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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello could anyone suggest a good starting point for salt. My husband has been lethargic for the past week or two and we wonder if it is caused by not enough salt intake. He is drinking lots of water but it has been hot weather,

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   Posted 8/28/2009 4:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Is he craving anything? Sometimes our bodies are the best judges! Is his output mostly liquid?

Since everyone is different, he could try salting a meal or two and pretzels are a good way to add salt to the day, he could snack on them. Bacon in the morning, broth with lunch and salty chips are also ways to add sodium just by adjusting his diet. Sorry, it's early and my coffee hasn't kicked in yet but i'll think of somemore:)

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   Posted 8/28/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   

Has he tried Gatorade or chocolate?

I know chocolate give energy quickly when i feel weak .

I have not ileostomy myself but bowel and hypoglycemea problems.


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   Posted 8/28/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree with OHIO... pretzels, saltines, chips... sometimes drinking water is not enough. Try some Pedialyte cut with some water (straight Pedialyte is too sweet for me) to add the electrolytes, or Gatorade. I know there are others out there that are good, like Vitamin Water, etc, too.
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   Posted 8/28/2009 5:15 PM (GMT -6)   

I eat considerable amounts of salt, I would say 4g/day avg.  Sometimes up to 8g.  Lack of salt makes me tired...I'll eat some salt (like 1/2tsp) plain-out-of-the-shaker and I"ll feel almost instantly better.  If I get up quickly and feel dizzy, eating salt will make this go away.  I find too if I feel hungry, but know I've eaten enough, that it's just my body asking for salt.  So I'll eat some and the hunger feeling goes away.  Never was like this pre-op.  I only eat the coarse sea salt since it has little if any additivies.  The fine grind will have tons of added chemicals in it, even fine grind sea salt.  I would say I drink about 6L of water daily.


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

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