Why do we have salt cravings? How does salt cravings affects our fast metabolism diet?
Are you having an unusual salt cravings? Do you find yourself searching for salty foods like potato chips, pretzels? What does salt cravings in the fast metabolism diet mean? Unusual cravings for salt signals your body that you’re not getting enough nutrients in the body that you need. Here are the main reasons why your body is dealing with salt cravings:
A. You don’t have enough fluids in your body
Salt helps stabilizes the electrolytes in our body. Electrolytes help our body lowers our stress level and improve our brain function. If you are having a salt craving, your body is not receiving the exact amount of electrolytes your body needs to survive. Be sure to drink half of your body weight (in ounces) to keep you dehydrated. If possible, drink spring water since it has the best electrolyte value and is full of minerals.
B. Your body is stressed
One alarming message your body is sending to you with your unusual salt craving is that, your body is going through stress. Normally, with a right amount of salt intake it helps soothe your adrenal glands and lowers your stress hormones. But with less salt intake your body is increasing your stress hormonal level. And being in a stressful state is a big No-No in the fast metabolism diet. Stress screw up your metabolism greatly.
How to deal with salt cravings?
- If you are having these unusual salt cravings, it means that your sodium/potassium balance is off. You need to add more salt in your diet. You can eat potassium rich foods to your meals and snacks like white beans, spinach, acorn squash, artichokes, mushrooms, parsley and cilantro. It will help you get back the electrolytes your body lacks.
- If you are in Phase 1, you can also eat higher glycemic fruits like pineapple and mango to offer more adrenal support and helps lower your stress level.
- When you’re cooking your fast metabolism diet meals, you can add a bit more salt to your diet. Try using Celtic salt or Himalayan salt. It has the best electrolyte value and is full of 84 essential minerals. It will keep your hydration and electrolyte balance.
- If you’re still having a salt craving, try whipping a batch of kale chips. Kale chips are safe to eat at all phases.
With proper amount of salt, it soothes our adrenal glands, lowers our stress and increases our metabolism rate. Our body is more likely to burn fat and transform them into fuel than storing them for emergency purposes. Make sure to settle your salt cravings and don’t let it prevent you from healing your metabolism and in losing weight.