Feeling a Bit Waterlogged

Have your fingers ever been so swollen that it's literally impossible to get your rings on or off? Oh, the uncomfortable effects of excess salt.

It's common to experience a temporary bloating or swelling after eating highly salted foods. You see, your body requires a certain balance of sodium and water at all times. Extra salt requires extra water, resulting in water retention. Where does this extra water or fluid come from? Usually your glass. Salt triggers your thirst response to balance out the sodium-water concentration. Ever wonder why you're so thirsty after munching on salty pretzels or nuts? It's no coincidence that the snacks offered in drinking establishments are covered with salt. What a strategy: The more you eat, the more you drink!

Try performing this test: Record your weight one morning. Then, before going to bed that night, eat a large serving of heavily salted popcorn or sushi doused in soy sauce (drink a lot of water). Weigh yourself again the next morning. It is amazing how much water that salt can retain. All you dieters out there, remember that this is water weight—not fat weight. Don't panic; it will be gone in a couple of hours.

Note: Do not, under any circumstances, try the preceding test if you have any medical condition.

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