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From: Bethany (
Subject:         Considerations re: hot weather and electrolytes?
Date: August 9, 2005 at 1:00 pm PST

In Reply to: False starts posted by Dr. Doug Graham on August 7, 2005 at 6:04 pm:

What I meant to say is, what types of things must I consider if I want to stop consuming salt, but will be competing in an endurance event? For example, are you suggesting that my body may become more prone to hyponatremia if I stop consuming salt all of a sudden? Would it be best to continue eating salt several times a week before long runs?

I have already cut back on salt, such that I donít consume any salt until dinner time on most days, as I consume almost exclusively fruit during the day. Occasionally I also eat vegetables or a fat during the day, but rarely ever with salt. For dinner, I often make a salad or raw soup, to which I often add some sea salt. I am already in the habit of using celery and/or tomatoes in these, so I donít feel the need to use as much salt as I used to use.

Currently, I am training for a marathon, and I go for long training runs in the morning once per week (Sunday or Saturday). During my long runs, I keep celery sticks and dates in my running pack to munch.

Do you have any suggestions for reducing my salt consumption even further? Would you recommend that I stay where I am until the weather gets cooler? I live in Chicago, where the summers can be very hot and humid. Or, would you recommend an even more conservative approach, such as not modifying my salt consumption any further until after the event in October (even though the weather will be cooler by then)? Iíd like to know the reasoning behind your answers as well.

Thank you so much for your time and effort in responding to me. I am learning so much!

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