Salt – Obsessive food no.2

Cut Salt and Live Happily Ever After

Find yourself ordering French fries more for the saltiness than the potato? Do you put salt on everything – even watermelon? If so you’re probably in the majority of people whose salt intake is double (5000 mg daily) that recommended by the FDA (2500 mg daily). As common salt – white refined sodium chloride – is toxic to our bodies, it’s a common craving that’s good to curb.

For most people, craving salt is simply a matter of habit developed by eating lots of salty foods like potato chips, salted nuts and French fries.

But craving salty foods can be a symptom of adrenal exhaustion, especially in people who live fast-paced, stressful lives. 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. A desire for salt may simply be a result of dehydration, the process by which your body loses water, electrolytes and salt. Some experts believe that Americans are so accustomed to a high-sodium diet, that they go into salt “withdrawal” when their eating habits change.

Slowly cutting back on salt, rather than completely cutting it out of your diet, is a more effective way to reduce your intake.


Beating Salt Craving

Replace your standard table salt with unrefined sea salts.Often the body doesn’t actually want the salt, but the mineral content found in salt. Because unrefined sea salts have a stronger flavor and higher mineral content, you can use less and give your body exactly what it is craving.

Eat foods that are high in Vitamin C and Potassium. If stress and adrenal failure are causing your cravings, these foods will help reduce the urge.

Foods high in Vitamin C – Citrus, Pepper, Broccoli

Foods high in Potassium – Apricots, Bran Wheat, Raisins, Figs, and Baked Potato With Skin

Substitute a squeeze of lemon juice in your favorite recipes instead of adding excess salt. Just like salt, lemon helps to bring out the natural flavors of food, but does not carry the health risks. While it may take some getting used to, before your know it, you won’t even miss the excess salt.

The best way to fight dehydration is by drinking more water and by replacing the lost salt. Many sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade provide the necessary nutrients for hydration, especially after an intense workout.

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. And if you’ve developed a taste for watermelon with salt on it, try dipping bite-sized pieces of watermelon in soy sauce instead.

Caution: Sudden, excessive cravings for salt can also be a sign of some serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and sickle cell anaemia. If you experience symptoms of any of these diseases, you should consult your physician immediately.