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    I'm adding WAY too much salt to all of my food, all of my food. Salty sweet is my current addiction...salt to fruit and nuts...
    I eat all veggies, fruits, protein, healthy fats, nothing processed.

    Its out of control. I've been tested for the disorder that includes a craving for salt and don't have that. I'm hooked on nuts because of the salt factor...even if they are raw I have to add my own.

    Help...I gotta kick this. Anyone else successfully kick a salt addiction? Any advice is appreciated.

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    Why do you have to kick it? Do you have any reason to thnk that you a) have blood pressure issues and b) are one of the small minority of people whose blood pressure responds to salt? If not, then why would you need to cut back?

    I love salt. It's good stuff. I wouldn't cut back for any reason to be honest! I do make sure to use the best I can find though.

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    We need salt. 1200mg a day is considered the minimum for health. For most people, any excess just gets excreted in urine or sweat. There is no good evidence for avoiding salt. Obviously, avoid megadosing or sleeping in a box of salt, but normal amounts on food, sauces, in dinner, etc.? Ain't no thang unless it raises your blood pressure - which is only true for a few unlucky people. Just make sure you're getting a lot of magnesium and potassium, too, and your body takes care of the math.
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    Quote Originally Posted by amyb View Post
    I'm adding WAY too much salt to all of my food, all of my food. Salty sweet is my current addiction...salt to fruit and nuts...
    The problem with Paleo is it is typically a low salt diet. The studies I've seen show the optimal intake of sodium is nearly DOUBLE what the US Dietary Guidelines recommend. Low salt intake correlates with hypothyroidism and weight gain. I have PURPOSELY increased my salt intake. A LOT. When I wake up, I pour a little salt in my palm and lick it off. Seriously. Salt is incredibly important, and the studies that show salt negatively are epidemiological hogwash and just correlate with a high intake of processed food since pre-packaged meals, chain restaurants and fast food is where Americans tend to get their salt. A whole foods diet consisting of meats, fruits and vegetables is going to be deficient in sodium, so add it I say!

    My thing is salted watermelon with cinnamon and coconut flakes. OH MAN!

    And do you work out a lot? Remember, the more you sweat, the more salt you need.
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    Yeap, maybe you need it. I agree with Knifegill, just make sure your other electrolyte minerals intake is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    We need salt. 1200mg a day is considered the minimum for health. For most people, any excess just gets excreted in urine or sweat. There is no good evidence for avoiding salt. Obviously, avoid megadosing or sleeping in a box of salt, but normal amounts on food, sauces, in dinner, etc.? Ain't no thang unless it raises your blood pressure - which is only true for a few unlucky people. Just make sure you're getting a lot of magnesium and potassium, too, and your body takes care of the math.
    More like 4,000-5,000mg seems to be ideal in my research. 1200mg is severely deficient IMO and would probably lead to a lagging thyroid and weight gain.
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    Mark's rule is "salt to taste" - if your taste is for a lot of salt then it seems likely to me that your requirements are for a lot of salt too.

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    It's only a problem if you are experiencing water retention and/or high blood pressure or kidney problems due to it. If it's not having an adverse effect on you, then it's not a problem at all if your body balances it correctly.
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    What's a good average range of salt?

    I love salt , pink himilayian, smoked .

    I can understand how it can be addictive .
    Never really noticed seasoning that much when growing up but since last year adding it more frequently , it makes a big difference .
    But sometimes I do have a day or 2 of no added salt on things.



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    Sodium is sort of like protein--scarce in the H-G world so we evolved a pretty reliable appetite for it. Tastes amazing when we need it and kind of bleh after we've had our fill.

    Like others mentioned, anyone who quits restaurant and packaged foods will have a sudden relative deficit. I like salty vegetable recipes (blended soup, giardiniera, homemade dressings) and probably end up with equal sodium and potassium at the end of the day.
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