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Old 11-30-2016, 07:39 PM
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I posted once about a product I found called No Salt and I have been using it for close to a year. It's not the same as real salt but I've been able to get kind of used to it. My problem is that since I started using this No Salt I have been craving salt more than ever. I can eat a teaspoon of salt like it's ice cream! I've read that your body will crave for something it's missing. I have always had a salt craving but it's worse now than ever. Is it just a coincidence that I am craving salt more because I haven't been using it?

I know there is so much salt in just about everything so I know I am getting sodium on a regular basis but because I'm not adding salt on my food my usage is probably 1/2 what it was before I started using the No Salt. If you want to reduce your salt intake I've found that the No Salt is an acceptable substitute.

I broke down and had a couple of soft pretzels with the chunky salt and it seemed to satisfy my craving for now.
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yes. and then sort of. ..
When I've been hyper active, mountain biking skateboarding and sweating a lot (Florida, hardcore in the summer heat) I crave it. The precursor would be I don't have a normally high salt diet, which makes or made the craving more noticeable.
I think taste buds can become salt dependent and have noticed friends who smoke seam to add salt to their food when others don't.
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I love salt...would never use anything different (kind of scares me, really). We have a grinder of pink himalayan salt and it grinds so fine, some residue sticks to the top...I like to swipe my finger on it and lick it. That said, I also like to pour different spices in my hand and lick them on occasion, too. Hope that's not a problem...
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I think the issue is that if you eat any sort of processed or canned goods you are getting more than enough sodium in your diet. What you sprinkle on your food is relatively insignificant. So I'd say you are probably not craving salt because you need it.
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Could be due to a lot of reasons.

Addison's disease, liver problems, thyroid problems, dehydration or electrolyte imbalances, or could be the iodine itself in salt you're craving. Many prepared foods don't use iodized salt but there is really no way to know unless you contact the manufacturer. Or it could be the chloride. You have to look at the type of sodium in the prepared food.

Or just your taste buds.

Try satisfying it with kosher salt next time and see if it goes away. If not then it's probably the iodine, which your thyroid needs to function.

Oddly after my thyroidectomy I find things too salty which I didn't before.
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Humans require a minimum amount of salt, sugar and fat for optimal longevity.

Long ago, these items were in short supply and hence cravings were nature's way to encourage folks to do anything to meet those requirements, and thus a good thing.

Now days with factory agricultural and livestock farms (including livestock) most easily get more of these items than needed. But the cravings will continue.
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Crazybeard is right but also check your electrolyte levels maybe low sodium from one of the above condiitons - or maybe just the potassium in your salt substitute throwing the sodium / potassium balance off. I have chronic low sodium - you only need a trace amount more to make it normal usually. A teaspoon may not be good for your organs
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Originally Posted by Graddy-fied View Post
I think the issue is that if you eat any sort of processed or canned goods you are getting more than enough sodium in your diet. What you sprinkle on your food is relatively insignificant. So I'd say you are probably not craving salt because you need it.
This. Deli meat, packaged rice mixes, salad dressings, and canned soup are some of the most common offenders.

Table salt is not gonig to hurt yuo. And yes, yuor body can and will can crave everything yuo deprive it of.

Fun fact abut sodium, it's not bad for you in and of itself assuming yuo don't have cholesterol and or heart issues. Your body can adapt to any reasonable amount of it, though in general yuor potassium intake shuold be duoble yuor salt, which is not easy if you're consuming more than 3000 mg or so.
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Craving salt is largely a result of cascading events; more notably, short circuited wires under driveways and shattered oven windows. When these events occur in proper sequence, an immense desire for salt occurs. There's no known cure, but therapy at a THT thread provides temporary relief.
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Craving salt is largely a result of cascading events; more notably, short circuited wires under driveways and shattered oven windows. When these events occur in proper sequence, an immense desire for salt occurs. There's no known cure, but therapy at a THT thread provides temporary relief.
Actually those kind of things contribute to my extreme depression!
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Do people crave salt? The word salary comes from the worlds craving for salt. Roman soldiers were paid with salt hence the word salary. Salt has always been almost a necessity. Some people crave sweet, some salty and some sour. Salt brings out the flavor in food. You probably just really like salt. Every time you use the salt substitute you remind yourself of how good the real thing is! This is one of the huge Morton salt piles in Inagua Bahamas where they get their salt.

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Can sometimes mean you are chronically dehydrated (mild to moderate degree).
Extra salt allows kidneys to establish a more concentrated gradient of electrolytes and thus more water can be retained via osmosis (easier for your kidneys to concentrate the urine to a minimum volume)
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Salt is sort of an addiction, it's just something you have, and keep having it, until regardless if something needs salt or not, you just use the shaker on any food before you even taste it, just like sugar in your coffee, almost all foods we eat these days have more than enough salt to meet the needs of anyone, but those "addicted" just put some on anyway, simply because it's their "taste"
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I never add salt to my food.
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My body craves Brawndo. It's got electrolytes!
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recently i was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, i had an ICD implant and not supposed to eat more than 1500 mg of salt a day, and ill say that is exceedingly hard to do.
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Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
I never add salt to my food.
I add salt to almost all of my food.
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I was a real salt freak...added salt to bacon. Ive recently cut back on my own and rarely add it to anything...but its hard. Some things just need salt ! French fries come to mind.
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Originally Posted by yammi250 View Post
I was a real salt freak...added salt to bacon. Ive recently cut back on my own and rarely add it to anything...but its hard. Some things just need salt ! French fries come to mind.


Wow, that's hardcore!
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