Adrenal Fatigue and Salt Cravings

Adrenal fatigue is the result of your adrenal glands, located at the top of your kidneys, over functioning for too long.  Adrenal glands are important for the creation of many hormones in your body.  When the adrenal glands have been overexerted, either by one large event or a constant stressful life, the glands become fatigued and are not able to function as well.  Hormone levels within the body become imbalanced and cause various symptoms based on the hormone levels.

One of the common symptoms of adrenal fatigue can be salt cravings.  This is a result from low sodium levels in the body which is an indication of low aldosterone levels.  Aldosterone is manufactured in the adrenal cortex and its main function in the body is to regulate electrolyte balances including sodium and potassium.  Low aldosterone levels, common in people with adrenal fatigue causes a potassium dominant body, leaving people craving salt to balance out the electrolytes.

Putting Celtic salt in water in the morning as well as on your food throughout the day can increase sodium levels in the body.   Celtic sea salt is not only an unrefined source of sodium, but also contains other trace minerals important for your body’s functions.

References:

Livestrong.com “Adrenal Glands: Fatigue & Salt Cravings.” 2012. http://www.livestrong.com/article/459071-adrenal-glands-fatigue-salt-cravings/

Adrenal Fatigue Blog.com “Adrenal Fatigue, Craving Salt?” 2010. http://www.adrenalfatigueblog.com/2010/10/craving-salt/

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