5 Common Reasons You’re Craving Salty Foods
Have you ever found yourself craving salt seemingly out of nowhere? Read below to learn 5 common reasons you are craving salty foods.
1. You’ve been consuming too much salt
If your diet is high in salt, then you will have a higher tolerance for salt and need more and more. Take a look at the sodium content of the foods you eat. For most individuals it is recommended to not go above 2,300mg of sodium per day.
2. You’re dehydrated
An indirect way that your body tells you that you need more fluids is to have you crave salty foods. Salt follows water meaning eating salty foods will then prompt you to drink more water to dilute the salts in your body.
3. You’ve been exercising intensely
When you exercise, you don’t just lose water but you also lose electrolytes – aka salts. Intense exercise or heated exercise causes you to sweat more, which means you will lose exponentially more salt and can cause you to crave salty foods to bring your body back to equilibrium.
4. You’ve been eating very low carb
Eating very low carb (aka keto) causes your body to shed extra water and salts. That is why it is generally recommended to add in extra salt when eating a very low carb diet.
5. Your diet is high in processed food
Processed food is generally high in sodium (aka salt) so if you regularly consume high sodium foods, you will continue to crave that higher salt content.
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy League trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab.