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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 (Definition)

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 ...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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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