You need salt.
Not only does salt control your fluid balance, it also supports your muscles and nerves.
When we eat too much sodium, our bodies become unbalanced. Too much salt is linked to health problems such as high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Too much salt can also cause autoimmune disease.
But why do we crave it?
- It’s a habit. Did you grow up with parents who put salt on the table and added salt to every meal?
- You’re missing minerals. When people develop a salt craving that is new, it may be a sign of sodium deficiency. Our bodies need sodium to stay healthy.
- You’re dehydrated. When you become dehydrated, you need a little more salt to steady your electrolytes that conduct electricity in your tissues and body in order to keep retaining the water you need. Exercise, alcohol consumption, and even a high salt diet can all lead to dehydration.
Average sodium intake per person, in the US: 3,436mg
Recommended daily intake: 2300mg
How to handle salt cravings-from Mind Body Green
- Try cooking your meals with no salt or a fraction of what the recipe calls for.
- Serve meals with a fresh quarter of lemon and spritz over your food for added zing.
- Use freshly chopped herbs like parsley, mint, scallions or thyme for added flavor and aroma instead of salt.
- Add a tiny pinch of salt if you still find you need more flavor.