required salt/sodium intake with ileostomy

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   Posted 9/1/2009 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone and thank you for previous replies that were most helpful. It appears that my husband was very dehyrated not because of lack of fluid but lack of salt. We have increased his oral salt intake and guess what he has his vitality back and no more leg cramps. My question now is how much salt is the right amount. I read that added salt without added sugar or starch causes inreased output from the stoma so it sort of defeats the purpose, What is the best way to add sodium and not overdue it. ie blood pressure problems etc and increased fluid loss thru output.

I have looked thru the web and cannot find specifics so I am hoping those of youthat have figured it out will share.


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   Posted 9/2/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
You don't need to go overboard on salt. Just include salty snacks or bouillon until the hydration issue works itself out after a period of adjustment. You can also have him drink Vitalyte, an electrolyte beverage that is superior to Gatorade and with more of the good stuff and less of the bad stuff. You can read about it at

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   Posted 9/2/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I just make sure I eat a few salty things during the day...pretzels are good and I LOVE olives with pimentos (Weird, yes) and those are salty...but the vitalyte is a good way to go too. My general rule is that if I am thirsty, I am behind and need to get food with fluids to replenish. If it is hot out I will use vitalyte or similar, with food, for the added benefit.

I guess I am trying to say, it's individual but your body gives you clues, too!

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   Posted 9/3/2009 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi i always know when i'm dehydrating as i get cramps in my feet and hands and its really painful i was told to make up my own isotonic drinks by the dietician in hospital basically its 200ml of cordial of your choice to 800ml of water to make it up to a litre and add 1 teaspoon of salt to it then sip it throughout the day this has helped alot and i haven't had the cramp for a while now  it really doesn't taste that bad i have tasted worse!!!!!hope this helps Bev x 

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   Posted 9/5/2009 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   

I don't know why salt could help hydratation.

I tougth it cause dry mouth.


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