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?
Lala has the Best advise so far!!
I know my mother had an iodine deficiency and the Dr recommended her Salt with Iodine so I would go get that checked out anyway..Also the body does need sodium naturally..I think eating fruits/veggies would higher sodium could do the trick too..test it out and see how your body feels :)
There are a lot of drugs that make people feel good, but that does not mean they are good for them. Salt can be addicting for some people.
Having said that, to avoid any nutritional deficiencies, make sure you are getting enough calories in low fat raw fruits and leafy greens. 2500 for females, 3000 for males.
If you are active, you may need more. Fruits n greens have various chemical salts in organic form that the body can utilize. Drink plenty of water too. Water is nature's Gatorade, and if one plugs in their source and amount of water into cronometer, it may be surprising to see how much sodium is in water.
If we eat enough, and the right kinds of foods, we have no need for table salt in the diet.
While it might feel good mentally short term, it may not feel good long term. Table salt can irritate the lining of the stomach, cause bloating and water retention, and an acid condition in the body of which calcium is pulled from the bones to neutralize which can cause painful urination, kidney stones, and or kidney damage.
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Why iodine deficiency and not sodium? Have you checked your levels?
Most greens are good sources of sodium, except for lettuce and also most melons except for watermelon. Other things too of course.
Try moving to a deserted island in the ocean with no fresh water but is surrounded by saltwater and see how drinking that makes you feel :)
You feel good when you eat salt because sodium is essential to human health.
Many people on 30 BaD under-eat sodium, usually between 50 - 200 mg per day. However, people usually feel their best when they get over 300mg.
Sweet and salty are the two strongest human tastes. But eating table salt is like eating refined sugar - it satisfies your craving, but it is a junk food that is stripped of all other nutrients. As Lala M. said, better to get your sodium from whole vegetable sources, like leafy greens, carrots, celery, and coconut water.
Humans eat fruit to satisfy our taste for sweet, and vegetables to satisfy our taste for salt. Why do you think monkeys go to munch on greens for 4+ hours every day? It's to satisfy their salt cravings.
Danny please note: SALT is NOT sodium. Sodium is naturally found in vegetables and if you eat enough, you have enough. Craving salt? Eat greens and vegies.
Another thing: The sodium in salt is inorganic and can hardly be absorbed by the body. The sodium in celery etc. is in its organic form and can easily be assimilated.
Inorganic minerals are functionally a toxin to the human body.
I've heard this theory from a couple people on 30 BaD, and I think it's a very interesting idea. Have you seen any scientific studies that support this? I would love to have a few studies to show to my salt-eating friends!
I agree. Salt = a refined junk food. Natural sodium in vegetables is healthy. I assume that most people on here know the difference between salt and sodium already, so I did not bother to define each one.
I'm definitely not promoting salt consumption. Most people on here tend to under-eat sodium (naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables), not salt.
Thank you for helping to clarify!
Actually, as PK mentioned earlier, water (depending on source and whether you drink enough) often has a relatively high amount of sodium.
According to cronometer you will get 200 mg of sodium from drinking 5 liters of tap water.
If that is the case with the water you're drinking (and if you get 5 liters, as I normally do), you actually only need to eat an additional 130 grams of celery or spinach in order to get more than the 300 mg of sodium you suggest.
So people may not necessarily under-eat sodium - they actually may under-drink it :D