Adding Himilayan sea salt and eating more bacon really helped. I've also put back a little caffeine with my Crio Bru in the morning. If I pick up a virus I can still feel crappy like I did before, but increasing salt again seems to help.
So, I guess your addiction is all relative based on your preconceived notion of what is proper salt intake and the idea that salt is 'bad'.
Try measuring out the amount of salt people here say is optimal and put in a bowl. Use only that salt during the day and see how much you actually use.
Yes, and exercise increases your need more than you realize.