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munoz asked in HealthDiet & Fitness · 3 years ago

Why do I crave salt?!?!?

I've been on a pretty strict diet. I don't eat that much, but its mostly fruit, veggies, and soup.

But I crave salt so much. I opened a bag of Baked Tostitoes and the salt was like...calling to me. All I wanted was the salt. Anyone know why?

2 Answers

  • kelley
    Lv 4
    3 years ago
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    There are several different reasons why you may be craving salt. The

    first one is that over the years your body and your taste buds have

    been accustomed to a lot of salt. If you are trying to cut back on

    salt because of health reasons, your body will crave it, simply

    because it is used to lots of salt.

    Craving salty foods can also be a symptom of adrenal exhaustion,

    especially in people who live fast-paced, stressful lives.

    You could also be craving salt because your body needs the additional

    minerals found in natural salt. These minerals have been filtered out

    of our regular table salt. In this case eating salty food will only

    satisfy your craving temporarily until your body realizes it is still

    missing the extra minerals.

    Your body needs approximately 500 mg of salt a day. If you are an

    athlete or work hard physically, and sweat a lot, you will need more.

    The FDA's recommended daily salt intake is 2,500 mg a day for the

    average adult. Most North Americans' daily salt intake is over 5,000

    mg. This is the processed, white, refined sodium chloride, which is

    toxic to our bodies.

    Salt cravings have also been linked to serious health conditions such

    as diabetes, high blood pressure and sickle cell anemia. If you find

    yourself craving a lot of salt all of a sudden, it may be a good idea

    to schedule a physical. Be sure to mention your salt cravings to your

    physician, so he or she can administer appropriate tests for the

    conditions mentioned above.

    If you are craving salt as a result of being accustomed to consuming

    a lot of salt with your foods or enjoying lots of salty foods like

    potato chips, salted nuts etc., then slowly cut back on your salt

    intake and replace it with herbs and spices to give you lots of flavor

    without the salt. An excellent way to get the salt taste you crave as

    well as 84 necessary minerals is to use Himalayan Salt Crystals.

    If stress and adrenal exhaustion are causing your salt cravings, try

    eating food that are high in Vitamin C and Potassium.

    Foods High In Vitamin C – Citrus, Pepper, Broccoli.

    Foods High In Potassium – Apricots, Bran Wheat, Raisins, Figs, and

    Baked Potato With Skin.

    If you are craving salt, or just consuming a lot of salt each day,

    start cutting back on your salt intake. Opt for low sodium versions of

    foods and condiments. Start paying attention to the amount of salt in

    certain food. Take a look at a bread label. You’ll be surprised how

    much salt is in a single slice of bread.

    Replace some processed foods with fresh fruits and vegetables and

    season your dishes with herbs and spices. Stick with it and after a

    while you won’t miss the salt and will be feeling better.

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  • mokrie
    Lv 7
    3 years ago

    It's an unhealthy addiction same as if you craved fat or starch.

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