Prep Time: 4 hours or longer (for bulk form to dissolve)
Make Time: 30 seconds
Yields: The recommended daily electrolyte requirements.
The recommended daily requirement of sodium and potassium is 2,400 mg and 3,500 mg per day per 2,000 calorie diet. (For a 1,500 caorie per day diet use .75 [1,500/2,000] of the standard calorie diet measure).
- Sodium Chloride (NaCl) contains 39.34% by weight of Na or Sodium. Thus a gram of table salt will contain .3934 grams or 393.4 milligrams (mg) of Sodium. (2,400 milligrams of sodium requires 6.10 grams of sodium chloride.)
- Sodium Bicarbonate (NaHC03) contains 27.3% by weight of Na or Sodium. Thus a gram of sodium bicarbonate will contain .273 grams or 273 milligrams (mg) of sodium. (Do not confuse Sodium Bicarbonate or baking soda with Soduim Carbonate or washing soda which contains twice as much Sodium.) (2,400 miligrams of sodium requires 8.79 grams of sodium bicarbonate.)
- Potassium Chloride (KCl) contains 39.09 % by weight of K or potassium. Thus a gram of 100% substitute table salt (potassium chloride without sodium chloride added) will contain .3909 grams or 390.9 milligrams of potassium. (3,500 miligrams of Potasium requires 8.953 grams of potassium chloride.)
- 6.10 grams of sodium chloride (table salt) (or 8.79 grams of sodium bicarbonate) and 8.953 grams of potassium chloride (100% salt substitute) will yield 2,400 mg of sodium and 3,500 mg of potassium.
- You must be careful with potassium chloride as even small concentrated amounts can irritate the gastrointestinal lining. Be careful to spread consumption of the daily dose over the entire day and to subtract whatever amount of sodium and potassium are consumed in food or other beverages.
- The amount of sodium chloride (table salt) or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and 100% salt substitute (potassium chloride without sodium chloride added) is easy to measure using a gram scale.
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2 cups sucralose (optional)
- Measuring cup and drinking bottle
- Stir spoon or equivalent
- gram scale
- Start by weighing out the correct amount of each salt.
- 6.10 grams daily dose of table salt (sodium chloride or 8.79 grams of sodium bicarbonate as a substitute) provides 2.4 grams of sodium.
- 8.953 grams daily dose of salt substitute (potassium chloride) provides 3.5 grams of potassium.
- Keep a record of how much sodium and potassium you consume in foods and beverages and subtract whatever amount of sodium and potassium is necessary to limit your consumption to 2.4 and 3.5 grams of sodium and pertassium respectively per day.
- Consuming separate preparations of sodium and potassium can help you achieve the perfect balance by the end of the day.
- make weekly or monthly batches
- add to foods like soup
- add sucralose or other low calorie flavorings and sweeteners to make consumption more palatable.