Here in my country, there's a saying: If you consume a lot of salty food, then you must, in turn, drink a lot of water in order to flush it out.
So here is the question: can drinking a lot of water counteract the effects of high sodium consumption?
I've been worried about my sodium levels recently so it got me thinking. On the average day, I drink at least 3.6 liters (121.73 oz which equals to at least 15 glasses a day) coz I have a 900 ml water bottle with me at all times. It used to be that I would drink one whole 900 ml after every meal but I also got worried about drinking too much water. So does this even affect my sodium levels or not?
Sodium makes you retain water, so drinking more water will "flush" out some of the excess water. More water will also dilute the sodium in your blood and you will get rid of more excess sodium through urination. However, you should aim to consume an amt. of sodium that is close to the amount recommended for someone of your age/activity/size/etc. Don't want to put unnecessary stress on your kidneys.