What Causes Salt Cravings?

Salt cravings are a common occurrence and are usually not severe. There are many reasons for salt cravings and most are mild and can be treated easily. There are a few reasons that are more serious for salt cravings, but these tend to be very uncommon. Salt cravings do not just happen. They are there for a reason and once those reasons are discovered, the craving can be met and prevented. The body works like a machine and if something is off, the body will let you know so you can resolve the issue.


Dehydration is the single most common cause of salt cravings. Dehydration is the loss of water from the body. If too much water is lost, the body will begin pulling the nutrients it needs from other sources. One of these nutrients is salt and this will cause a salt craving. This craving can be cured by drinking more water and can be prevented by getting the proper amount of water per day–at least 8 glasses. 

Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and diarrhea are common conditions that usually go hand and hand with being sick. With these two conditions, the food enters the body and is not in there long enough to be digested because it is eliminated before it can be absorbed. With this elimination, the body is missing out on nutrients that the body needs. The body will crave these nutrients, such as salt, to function properly. The cure for vomiting and diarrhea is to hydrate the body. The most common way to rehydrate is by drinking plenty of water. An alternative to water is to drink an electrolyte enriched drink such as a sports drink.

Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating is another cause of salt cravings. When the body sweats too much, water is lost through the skin. When too much water is lost, a salt craving will occur. Anyone who has ever tasted sweat knows that it has a salty taste to it. To get rid of a salt craving due to excessive sweating, the body needs to be hydrated.

Addison’s Disease

Addison’s disease is a rare endocrine or hormonal disorder. This occurs when the adrenal glands do not produce enough of the hormone cortisol. This will cause the body to crave salt. Because of this condition, the salt craving may be a little harder to treat. The salt craving will most likely not be what is treated, but will be cured as a secondary effect of treating the disease.

A salt craving is a very common occurrence in the body. Most often the salt craving will be due to a mild and common condition such as dehydration. This is easy enough to be cured and prevented. Some serious conditions can cause salt cravings, and these need the help of a doctor to cure. No matter what the cause of the salt craving, it needs to be addressed and tended to for the body to continue functioning properly.


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