What Your Salty Cravings May Be Trying to Tell You

Have you ever wondered why you're suddenly overwhelmed by a craving for salty snacks? It's not just about your taste buds wanting a snack. These urges might be your body's way of signaling more than just a taste preference—they could be closely linked to the health of your adrenal glands. These small but mighty glands play a crucial role in regulating stress through hormone production, and an imbalance could be at the root of your savory cravings. 

  • A tendency to be a night person
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  • Waking up in the middle of the night with difficulty falling back asleep
  • You’re a slow starter in the morning
  • Feeling keyed up and having trouble calming down
  • Low blood pressure
  • Headaches after exercising
  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Chronic low- or middle-back pain
  • Difficulty maintaining chiropractic adjustments
  • Craving salty foods
  • Perspiring easily
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  • Afternoon yawning
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  • Seasonal or chronic allergies
  • Pain on the medial (inner) side of the knee or knees
  • Needing to wear sunglasses
  • Dizziness when you stand up
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Gaining weight around the waistline
  • Getting upset or angry easily
What's Behind the Salt Cravings?
When your body, adrenal glands, aren't producing enough aldosterone—a hormone that plays a key role in maintaining the right balance of minerals, water, and electrolytes—it tries to compensate by producing more of it. Aldosterone is like the body's mineral manager, especially for sodium and potassium. It helps your kidneys keep more sodium in your body while getting rid of potassium.

Why does this matter? Well, with more sodium retained, your body holds onto water, which can lead to an increase in blood pressure and make you feel bloated. This is your body's attempt to keep things in balance when aldosterone levels are off.

Aldosterone works closely with other hormones in what's known as the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system. This system kicks into gear when your blood pressure or volume is low, signaling the body to hold onto sodium to bring things back into balance.

However, when there’s too little aldosterone (hypoaldosteronism), the opposite happens. Your blood pressure might drop, and you’ll find yourself craving salt. This craving is your body’s way of trying to correct the imbalance, telling you it needs more sodium.

The Connection Between Salt and Stress
Interestingly, a study found that higher levels of sodium intake could actually reduce stress. Lab rats given more salt had lower stress responses than those with less salt. They produced fewer stress hormones, had lower heart rates under stress, and returned to resting levels more quickly. This suggests that salt can suppress stress hormones and boost levels of oxytocin, the body's natural stress-reliever.

Recognizing Low Aldosterone
Adrenal support is essential because of aldosterone's significant role in managing blood pressure and electrolyte balance. With low aldosterone, symptoms might include low blood pressure, a fast heartbeat, and feeling drained of energy. Since a drop in aldosterone leads to low blood sodium and high potassium, your body craves salt as a signal that it needs more sodium to help balance things out.

So, next time you find yourself reaching for something salty, consider it might be more than just a snack craving. It could be your body’s way of asking for a little help in maintaining its delicate balance of minerals and hormones. And contrary to the common advice of reducing salt intake, if you're dealing with adrenal insufficiency, bumping up your sodium intake might just be what your body needs to feel better. Using a good celtic sea salt will provide a good balance of minerals. 

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