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The recommended salt intake for adults is no more than 2,300 milligrams a day, ideally under 1,500 milligrams, according to the American Heart Association. Americans end up consuming nearly 50 percent more than that on average, a habit that comes with health risks.

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Common reasons to crave salty foods
  • Your body is depleted of sodium when we sweat, which then makes us need to consume more;
  • You're dehydrated
  • You’re stressed;
  • You’re not getting enough sleep
  • Salt lights up the pleasure center in your brain and releases a hormone called dopamine, which makes you feel happy;
  • Humans have an innate drive to seek salt because it is necessary for survival and historically a rare mineral to find;
  • You may have an underlying health issue.
 Excessive salt consumption often is just a habit

We crave salt just out of habit or conditioning.

So if you catch yourself yearning for salty foods:

  • Choose whole foods that are higher in a natural sodium content: celery, leafy greens, carrots or seaweed.
  • Use herbs and spices instead of salt;

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