It’s an endless cycle: satiating your salt and sugar cravings can end up with you just wanting more. Once our taste buds get used to sugary or salty foods, it’s hard to cut back. You can put me in the over-salter group. Whether it’s a stir-fry or chips and salsa, I find myself craving salty foods all the time. Lately, however, I’ve been trying to cut back on my sodium intake, and I’ve been realizing just how hard it can be.
Here are some common problems and tips for managing salt cravings :
Problem 1 : Salt Is A Habit – You tick you need salt for flavour. Here are some solutions for those taste buds :
- Spritz your food with lemon for added zing.
- Use freshly chopped herbs like parsley, mint, scallions or thyme.
- Add a tiny pinch of salt if you still find you need more flavour.
Problem 2 : Low on Minerals – Many minerals taste salty. So when you get the urge to eat more salt, your body may really be asking for more minerals. Here are some solutions :
- Boost your mineral intake.
- Take a high quality multivitamin, eat more mineral dense sea vegetables like nori, kelp, and pulse, and eat more super seeds like hemp and chia.
Problem 3 : Dehydration – Sodium helps keep water in our bodies for ling enough to hydrate our cells. When you become dehydrated, you need a little more salt to steady your electrolytes. Here are some solutions :
- Avoid salt cravings by staying hydrated.
- Drink eight or more glasses of water every day, and even more when you exercise.
Problem 4 : Sluggish Adrenal Glands – Salt cravings can be a sign of low functioning adrenal glands, and may show up as super low blood pressure. Adrenalin overproduction can be a result of a stressed out lifestyle and can lead to adrenal fatigue. Here are some solutions :
- If you are experiencing salt cravings along with low energy and bags under your eyes, get your adrenal and cortisol levels checked by a physician.
Food cravings of any kind signal some sort of deficiency. Start looking into your salt cravings and begin to make small changes in your diet, drink more water, and consider having your hormones levels checked.