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Craving Salty Foods (Overview)

Craving salty foods is the hunger and strong desire for things that taste salty. This can be a sign that there are problems with the kidneys that are causing the salt levels in the body to be low.


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Why am I craving salty foods? Is it just because they taste so good?

Why am I craving salty foods? Is it just because they taste so good?

Could be, or: It could mean you're pregnant or dehydrated or that you're addicted to salty snacks. It could mean you have a mineral deficiency or an electrolyte of balance. Or maybe you've been trying to cut back and old habits die hard! ...Read more

Craving Salty Foods (Overview)

Craving salty foods is the hunger and strong desire for things that taste salty. This can be a sign that there are problems with the kidneys that are causing the salt levels in the body to be low.


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Why am I craving salty foods? Is it just because they taste so good?

Could be, or: It could mean you're pregnant or dehydrated or that you're addicted to salty snacks. It could mean you have a mineral deficiency or an electrolyte of balance. Or maybe you've been trying to cut back and old habits die hard! ...Read more

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Craving salty foods (Tip)

The less work you have to put into preparing your food, the saltier it is likely to be. ...See more

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Treating Food Poisoning (Checklist)

For severe cases, go to the emergency room/call the Poison Control Center for an antidote
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Go to the emergency room if you're vomiting nonstop
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If you have diarrhea, eat something to stop water loss
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If you have excess dehydration, go to the emergency for IV fluids
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Craving salty food like potato chips and such, what does this mean?

Craving salty food like potato chips and such, what does this mean?

All kinds of things: It could mean you're pregnant or dehydrated or that you're addicted to salty snacks. It could mean you have a mineral deficiency or an electrolyte of balance. Or maybe you've been trying to cut back and old habits die hard! ...Read more

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Is it possible to crave food due to pregnancy at only 7dpo (days past ovulation)? Today I have been craving salty food like popcorn, olives and feta

Is it possible to crave food due to pregnancy at only 7dpo (days past ovulation)? Today I have been craving salty food like popcorn, olives and feta

Impossible: The pregnant body does not have any physical connection or communication with the new fetus for about fourteen days after conception. So no, these symptoms are not related to a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Craving salty foods (Tip)

Low salt diet does not equal low taste diet. The are lots of alternatives to salty snacks. ...See more

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Reactive hypoglycemia due to adrenal fatigue. On low-glycemic diet (day 2).Craving for sugar+salty foods. Is it normal? How long it takes 2 recover fully?

Reactive hypoglycemia due to adrenal fatigue. On low-glycemic diet (day 2).Craving for sugar+salty foods. Is it normal? How long it takes 2 recover fully?

Complex problem: Adrenal fatique/insufficiency is rare, especially in your age group. Okay to ask your doc about adrenal replacement to help control these symptoms. Take friend/family with you to ask questions, understand your doc. Recovery will be related to replacement adrenal therapy. Be well. ...Read more

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Are cravings for sweet and salty foods connected to anaemia?

Are cravings for sweet and salty foods connected to anaemia?

Usually not: The most common cause of anemia is iron deficiency usually from chronic blood loss (heavy menstrual periods in women or unsuspected bleeding from the stomach or colon). Iron deficiency seems to induce a craving in the diet for something that resembles metallic qualities of iron (hardness, taste or color) - ice cubes or chips, hard candy, or even inedible things like dirt. This is called pica. ...Read more

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Craving salty foods (Tip)

One simple thing you can do. Stop salting your food. ...See more

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Avoid salt. Now I'm mainly craving salt or any salty foods. Does anyone know why?

Avoid salt. Now I'm mainly craving salt or any salty foods. Does anyone know why?

Salt: When your body does not get enough salt your brain tells you to go and find salt and correct the desire for salt. Discuss with your Dr. ...Read more

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Please advise how to satisfy my salty food cravings?

Please advise how to satisfy my salty food cravings?

Products: You can try different products such as lite salt or no salt. There are also different spice combinations that may help such as ms. Dash. Try looking at the spice aisle in your grocery. ...Read more

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Craving salty foods (Tip)

Some fast food places offer an apple as a side instead of french fries. ...See more

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Everytime I eat salty foods, I have to have something sweet afterwards. Why such a habit?

Everytime I eat salty foods, I have to have something sweet afterwards. Why such a habit?

UNDO HABIT: Habits are things we repetetively do without thinking. We have to consciously choose different or we do things without reason. There is no reason to eat salty and then sweet. Counterbalancing unconsciousy generally means we are overdoing one thing and try to swing to the other side. If you eat everything in moderation and for a reason, then you are eating a meal. Choose to undo. ...Read more

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Craving salty foods (Tip)

It's a myth that: if I don't add salt to my food, I have a low salt diet. ...See more

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Does eating salty foods make lymphedema worse?

Does eating salty foods make lymphedema worse?

Possibly: A high salt diet can cause water retention and may increase lymphedema but the underlying problem is inadequate movement of the legs to cause the fluid ti pool in the legs. ...Read more

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My BP is staying around 138/93. I don't eat a lot of salty foods and I drink plenty of water. Should I see my dr?

My BP is staying around 138/93. I don't eat a lot of salty foods and I drink plenty of water. Should I see my dr?

Yes: Your systolic is in the higher range of normal and the diastolic is above the recommended level. Hypertension is diagnosed by measuring the blood pressure in 3 separate settings by a health professional. I agree with your instinct to have your blood pressure checked by your doctor to ensure that you either have normal BP or need medications ...Read more

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Craving salty foods (Tip)

Myth: food without salt is boring. Fact: other exciting flavors emerge when not blocked by salt. ...See more

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How can I stop retaining water? No salty foods but I'm still retaining water like crazy. I do exercise 5 days a week.

How can I stop retaining water? No salty foods but I'm still retaining water like crazy. I do exercise 5 days a week.

See doctor: There are many possible reasons for fluid retention, including hormonal, heart and kidney problems. See a doctor to get evaluated. Good that you're avoiding salt and getting regular exercise. ...Read more

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I ate 3/4 of a 175g bag of pretzels n some oth salty foods. Most days eat 3-4 grams of salt. Damage to organs? Didn't drink until 5hrs later hot too

I ate 3/4 of a 175g bag of pretzels n some oth salty foods. Most days eat 3-4 grams of salt. Damage to organs? Didn't drink until 5hrs later hot too

Healthy eating: This one time consumption probably not going to cause any serious adverse effects, but try to avoid that in the future ...Read more

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Why do I always crave salty foods? The problem is, that as soon as I eat salt/sodium, my urge to eat salt just increases. If I don't eat salt, its less

Why do I always crave salty foods? The problem is, that as soon as I eat salt/sodium, my urge to eat salt just increases. If I don't eat salt, its less

NaCl is Addictive: You are observing addictive behavior, long observed ; key to why the food industry routinely adds salt (; sugars) to foods to ↑ human appeal, consumption ; sales. Also, while salt has long been vilified, all life is based on salt water organized by fat into compartments (called cells) ; there is no evidence that marked restriction is healthy. However, ↑↑ nacl intake does ↑ water retention some. ...Read more

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I am worried. My kidneys feel sore after eating small amounts of salty foods. What could I have?

I am worried. My kidneys feel sore after eating small amounts of salty foods. What could I have?

Kidney Pain?: Hard to know if it is actually your kidney that is sore. Need to discuss this with a kidney specialist/urologist. There are many reasons for pain in the side/flank that may or may not be due to a kidney problem. ...Read more

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I have bad swelling on hands after night eating salty foods. Related?

I have bad swelling on hands after night eating salty foods. Related?

Yes: Excessive salt consumption can definitely cause swelling in the hands and feet. Cut back on eating salty foods for a week or two, but see your doctor if your symptoms don't improve. ...Read more

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Should my 90 year old father eat salty foods if he was hospitalized due to low sodium?

Should my 90 year old father eat salty foods if he was hospitalized due to low sodium?

Depends: Depends on the cause of low salt level it could be due to too much fluid or to losing salt inthe urine. In older people water restriction is the best solution many times ask your doctor why the salt was low. ...Read more

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I just had a mild seizure and had walkeda 5k without drinking much water and eating salty foods?

I just had a mild seizure and had walkeda 5k without drinking much water and eating salty foods?

Pin this down: At age 68 yrs, when you experience a temporary "seizure", we need to ascertain whether it was a true epileptic event, or a syncopal spell due to dehydration, or a cardiac event, or brain transient ischemic event. As might be emphasized, this is VERY important due to risk of more severe future events. Your doctor needs to be fully involved NOW. Do not delay. ...Read more

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How do I explain to a 7 year old why he can't have sugar/salty foods while on prednisone?

How do I explain to a 7 year old why he can't have sugar/salty foods while on prednisone?

Won't help: The average 7yo remains somewhat caught up with santa & the tooth fairy & at that level any complex reasoning you try is likely a waste of time. At ten, when most don't accept the myths anymore it is because they are developing reasoning skills. At 7, clearly state what you expect of him, give a time frame, consider rewarding compliance. Repeat as necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a slight burning sensation and itching when peeing every time I ate sour and salty foods, what does this mean? Is there complication in mya healt

I have a slight burning sensation and itching when peeing every time I ate sour and salty foods, what does this mean? Is there complication in mya healt

Not abnormal: U have a very sensitive bladder that reacts to increased acidity of urine. Likely occurs if u drink oj, lemonade or pickles. May also occur after consuming caffeinated beverages. Suggest u avoid these foods ; beverages. ...Read more

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Doc help me I don't know why I'm always weight gain even I on diet I eat less salty foods sometimes I eat small portions of sugar I do not drink sodas?

Doc help me I don't know why I'm always weight gain even I on diet I eat less salty foods sometimes I eat small portions of sugar I do not drink sodas?

Nutrition & exercise: Don't go on a diet b/c that's only temporary. Instead, focus on changing your lifestyle. Check out DASH & Mediterranean diets (yes, I know what I just wrote) b/c they're proven to lower risk for many chronic diseases. And they're free! Avoid sugar at all costs if at all possible. Then start exercise program. Just a little bit each day. Aim for 30min/d leading to 500kcal/d deficit or 3, 500kcal/wk. ...Read more

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I had a urinary tract infection and my doctor told me to avoid eating salty foods. I would like to know how salty foods cause urinary tract infection?

I had a urinary tract infection and my doctor told me to avoid eating salty foods. I would like to know how salty foods cause urinary tract infection?

Not the cause: Salty foods are not the cause of the UTI, but during treatment we encourage increased fluids to help flush out the bladder and decreased caffeine/salt (those can irritate the bladder) while taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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What could be causing a salty taste in my mouth? I don't usr salt and try to stay aeay from salty foods and have edema and dark smelly urine. Plenty wat

What could be causing a salty taste in my mouth? I don't usr salt and try to stay aeay from salty foods and have edema and dark smelly urine. Plenty wat

Oral hygiene: You may wish to consult a dentist to have your oral health checked. I do not know of a systemic illness that may explain salty taste in the mouth. ...Read more

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Whenever I eat salty foods such as soft pretzels I get a clear blister on the inside of my mouth on my lip. Is that normal?

Whenever I eat salty foods such as soft pretzels I get a clear blister on the inside of my mouth on my lip. Is that normal?

Always?: Has this always been the case? If so, then I am thinking you are just really sensitive to the salt, or maybe even something else (brewer's yeast, etc) in those foods. It may just be causing irritation to the lining of your lips. If it is always in the same location...or if this is a new thing for you, however, I'd probably get it checked out, just in case. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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After eating salty foods like chips or popcorn my lips, tongue and throat swell up. Sometimes hard to breath. What could I be allergic to? Is it bad?

After eating salty foods like chips or popcorn my lips, tongue and throat swell up. Sometimes hard to breath. What could I be allergic to? Is it bad?

It May be Serious: You need to stop eating these foods and see an allergist for an evaluation. You may be very allergic to something, either the food itself or possibly a preservative. Any time you have swelling and difficulty breathing it could be very serious and if an allergy could lead to a potentially fatal reaction. You should have Benadryl (diphenhydramine) with you at all times and take it right away if you get swelling. ...Read more

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My mouth is sore since yesterday, worse today. Especially the tip of my tongue, my gums are very sensitive too, and I tasted saltiness. Not burned.

My mouth is sore since yesterday, worse today. Especially the tip of my tongue, my gums are very sensitive too, and I tasted saltiness. Not burned.

Sore mouth from?: This would have to be personally seen by a dentist or physician in order to try to diagnose the problem. With the limited information you posted, it would be impossible to determine what the problem is. Sorry. ...Read more

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How can I stop my food craving?

How can I stop my food craving?

Crave better foods: A few suggestions

find healthier foods to crave. Eat more of those.

Find an activity you can do to replace that time you would spend eating

stop buying foods your crave. If it's not in the house, then you can't have it.

Start looking at bad foods like its poison.

Good luck! ...Read more

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Why do we have cravings for spicy n savoury food.

Why do we have cravings for spicy n savoury food.

Not true: That's not everybody by a long shot. That's you. It's a psychological and cultural thing. Nothing wrong with it. ...Read more