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What do EXTREME salt cravings mean?

Commented on December 15, 2013
Created December 03, 2013 at 12:33 AM

I haven't had the chance to measure out my daily salt intake, but it always shocks people when they see how much I put on, even after I warn them about it. I'm literally pouring salt all over my food. You can see the piles. I seriously can't put an estimate on how much it is, but let's say it's 8x more than other people consume. I got my blood tested for electrolyte levels--they came out normal. I thought maybe it was a magnesium deficiency so I supplemented with natural calm and did dead sea salt baths, and they didn't do anything for the salt needs.

My hydration is fine. Of course it makes me very thirsty, so I drink a lot of water an hour or so after a very salty meal (which is pretty much all of them).

Salt restriction is out of the question. The more I hold back on the salt intake, the less well I feel. I need salt in order to feel well, grounded, clear, not lightheaded, etc. I use unprocessed sea salt like himalayan or "Real Salt" from Utah.

So what's going on? Are my adrenals out of whack or something? Why do I need waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay more salt than anyone else?

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 15, 2013
at 07:19 AM

if you have a small bright torch, mirror & a dark room, you may as well give the 'pupil test' a go, see Test Two here for instructions.

At the same time i tested with high saliva cortisol throughout the day, i did this pupil test, and 'failed'...each pupil was unable to stay constricted for 30 secs under the bright light from the side, they would dilate & then pulse, very weird to look at.

yours will probably be fine, but i was quite impressed with this simple test.

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on December 15, 2013
at 04:44 AM

No, no cause yet determined. My doc doesn't seem to think it's addisons, and the other things don't really make sense.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 15, 2013
at 03:35 AM

i think that a while back now, i may have had low aldosterone...my pupils were unable to stay constricted under a bright light (ie. bright sunshine) & would pulse or fluctuate, purportedly this may be a sign of low aldosterone...you can self test this, google aldosterone pupil, or aldosterone pupil test

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 15, 2013
at 03:31 AM

"...when it gets too low, which can be common in some patients with cortisol deficiency, your kidneys will excrete too much salt, and it leads to low blood pressure; low blood volume; a high pulse and/or palpitations, dizziness and or lightheadedness when you stand; fatigue; a craving for salt. Symptoms of low aldosterone can also include frequent urination, sweating, a slightly higher body temperature, and a feeling of thirst, besides the craving of salt."

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 15, 2013
at 03:31 AM

on the opposite side to high aldosterone, i was just reading this article, Aldosterone can be just as important as Cortisol, where it says this about low aldosterone,

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on December 13, 2013
at 10:27 PM

interesting Q & comments...did you work out the 'cause' yet Dan

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on December 04, 2013
at 10:55 AM

I've done VLC and I've also done regular carb, eating to satiation. Under both circumstances, I crave salt like mad.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 04, 2013
at 04:12 AM

...& if you are peeing a lot, also check out Polyuria

...& if you are both overly thirsty & peeing a lot then check out Hyperaldosteronism (high aldosterone)

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 04, 2013
at 04:01 AM

the only other thought i have at the moment, is in regards to the thirst 'symptom' rather than the salt 'symptom'.

could your thirst be deemed 'excessive'...for example, if your urine is clear (?), then you are over hydrated.

may be have a look at the causes of excessive thirst (polydipsia), even if you think it does not apply, worth a read to see if anything gels...

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on December 04, 2013
at 02:58 AM

I don't overhydrate. I drink when I'm thirsty, and then I stop when I stop feeling thirsty. I know a lot of people who drink lots of water and don't have the same problem I do.

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on December 04, 2013
at 02:56 AM

sooooo.... you didn't say why you think this, or what to do about it, or anything else. Unhelpful!

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 04, 2013
at 12:34 AM

if you pee a lot, you could be overhydrating & peeing away your electrolytes. make sure your pee has colour.

i was guilty of this myself (drinking too much water), i use to pee all the time & use to have to get up during the night to pee (i am a light sleeper).

now i rely on food as my main water source. & go by the colour of my urine. & only really drink water/fluids/electrolytes when i am sweating.

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on December 03, 2013
at 08:47 PM

I am probably excreting the sodium, otherwise it would build up, no? I am peeing a lot, but that's a function of water intake more than anything else. My potassium is normal. I get in an adequate amount thru veggies, apple cider vinegar and avocados. Besides, more potassium warrants more sodium and vice versa because the body is always balancing the two.

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on December 03, 2013
at 02:23 AM

do you think you are losing/excreting a lot of sodium...ie. peeing a lot/often, sweating a lot?

may be worth working out your potassium intake as well, & make sure you are least getting the RDA/RDI. it's all linked together, potassium, sodium, (aldosterone).

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on December 04, 2013
at 09:23 AM

Are you a low carber? If you're lower carb you need more salt.

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on December 04, 2013
at 10:55 AM

I've done VLC and I've also done regular carb, eating to satiation. Under both circumstances, I crave salt like mad.

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on December 04, 2013
at 02:52 AM

Excessive aldosterone levels.

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on December 04, 2013
at 02:56 AM

sooooo.... you didn't say why you think this, or what to do about it, or anything else. Unhelpful!

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on December 03, 2013
at 08:54 PM

Adrenal issues... Addison's disease? Potassium too low?

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