Just to let you know, I’m NOT competing so this is more of a general bodybuilding/fitness related question as opposed to a competition specific question.
When it comes to salt/sodium, what is the truth about it really? For the past year or so I’ve massively cut down on the amount of salt I consume and never add salt to anything anymore. The reason being, I was under the impression that it caused excess water retention which I don’t want. Having recently done some reading online I’m now not actually sure whether I should’ve been cutting down on salt or not. I’ve read that a lack of salt/sodium can make you appear ‘flat’, reduce workout performance, prevent nutrients from properly reaching your muscles, etc.
I also read a few forum posts over on BB.com from guys who claim to actually add a teaspoon or so of salt to their pre workout drinks and said that the pump you get from it is unreal. I know that some competitors reduce salt intake and then load up on it a few days before a competition in order to bring out vascularity, increase pumps etc, but for the general non competitor should I be reducing salt? It’s not a question of taste by the way, as I can 100% live without salt on my food. I’m just looking for bodybuilding/physique benefits from consuming or not consuming salt (if any).