I've gone awhile without salt now, but I just had some with my dinner last night and I noticed it once again: Every time I eat some salt since being on this lifestyle (which is NOT often) I just feel better for some reason. Just more awake and more calm.
Do I have an iodine deficiency perhaps?
how about physically, does anything change in those regards ? (i'd define awakeness and calmness as being of the mental/spiritual category)
Doesn't really matter why, does it? I call it placebo effect, but in any case, if you wanna do salt, just do salt and be happy with it. The forums are not the place for trying to find justifications for it, tho.
I agree with Marco's sentiment completely.
And truth be told, I do a few things that are against the 811 rules... but I'm definitely not going to come on here and ask, "I feel better when I have a cup of coffee on occasion. Are you sure I don't have an adrenal deficiency that needs to be fulfilled?"
Sooo... learn the do's and don'ts, then keep the don'ts to yourself unless you actively want to change them. ;)
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If someone has a question pertaining to their body, mind, or dreams... must we really pull the "holier than thou" card and brush off their questions in a loose-minded judgement?
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+1 to Kati and Kimberly
it doesnt seem to me that Alex is looking for excuses to eat salt. he is merely curious about why he feels better when he does it, and he wants to fulfill his curiosity by asking people with the right knowledge and frame of mind to give intelligent answers; and i think that this is perfectly legitimate, and is one of the reasons why this forum exists.
he is not claiming that its good to eat salt, nor pushing or insisting anyone to do so. he has merely stated the objective fact that he feels better when eating salt, and wonders what could be the explanation for that, given the fact that salt is so harmful to us.
the fact is that what make us feel good is not necessarily good to us; it is in this way that some people will feel better after they eat meat or dairy, or when they use a variety of drugs ranging from caffeine to nicotine to amphetamines or cocaine.
it is quite possible that you have an iodine deficiency, should you happen to live too far away from the ocean. it is also possible that you have a sodium deficiency.
i believe it is unlikely that you have any deficiency though, as the calming and awakening effect of salt can be explained solely due to its effect as a drug. i confess i am quite ignorant of its mechanism of action, but one thing is clear to me: if strange things like salt make you feel better, it's because your body is in great disequilibrium.
i believe you should ask yourself, first of all:
am i sleeping enough?
am i drinking enough water?
am i eating enough fruits and greens to fulfill my energetic and nutritional requirements?
i would also strongly recommend a fast in your situation. fasting is not just for people who suffer from severe ailments. anyone can benefit from fasting. when you have some rest days, try not eating anything for a few days, while drinking as much water and sleeping and resting as much as you need and desire. ideally, one should only interrupt a fast when the desire to eat returns.
i know that this is only very basic and general advice, but many people fail to do the basics, often without even noticing. it is very easy to consider ourselves very experienced in a lfrv-diet and become arrogant; then things start going wrong and when don't know why; then we start 'losing faith' in the diet/lifestyle and start questioning it and wishing to experiment with other diets.
in reality, we need to stop being arrogant and go back to the basics. i think that we should really make sure we are doing things right before we can conclude as a fact that 'the lfrv diet is not for me'.
i know this is not much, but i hope it's been of some help. you are always welcome to ask pertinent questions whenever you desire or feel its necessary. don't worry about people who cannot seem to discuss relevant questions just because they dont want to hear things they dont like to hear, such as that bad things can fool us into thinking they are good by making us feel good. truth must be told: fruit and fruit alone is truthful and trustworthy, and as fruity people we have the mission of guardians of the truth. the truth is not to be hidden, but to be made transparent.
over the time, i have seen several accusations of unjustified censorship or excessive narrow-mindedness falling upon this forum, but as far as i can see such accusations are unfounded. we are people with strong opinions, but that does not mean we are dogmatic; everything is to be openly discussed, and i do feel this is possible in this forum.
i am sorry if i drifted away too much from the subject of the tread.
Alex, i wish you a wonderful fruity birthday! and a long and happy life!
Dopamine. The effect of salt on the taste buds is addictive. Of course you feel more awake and calm. You'd feel more awake and calm if you shot up some dope, too.
Thanks. I didn't know salt releases dopamine. I'll try and be more strict with being 100% saltfree from now on! :)
Well, to be more precise, the salt irritates your taste buds, which causes them to experience flavors much more intensely. Salt has little to no flavor on its own, but enhances all other flavors hence why it is addictive and enables the release of pleasure chemicals.
Kati and Kimberly I agree with y'all. I am generally the first person to jump on anyone promoting salt or other non-811 things, but if someone has a legitimate question about it, I like to give a legitimate answer.
Maybe you need more sodium --- try eating more natural substances w/sodium like celery. Do you take any meds ... I do --- one that decreases natural sodium. So I try to counterbalance it with foods with sodium. I dunno , I could be way off LOL. I would stay away from table salt!