Thyroid health is complicated. Nutrition is the answer.
One tidbit to pay attention to is:
Did you know that craving salt probably means your adrenal glands need a boost?
Your adrenal glands are endocrine glands that sit at the top of the kidneys. Click here to see photos.
The adrenal glands secrete hormones that regulate fluid balance and urinary sodium excretion. When they are not functioning well, you’ll feel tired, depressed, exhausted, “put of it” and so much more.
Addison’s Disease and Gitelman Syndrome
According to the Mayo Clinic, Addison’s disease will also cause you to crave salt if left untreated. If you have Addison’s disease, your adrenal glands fail to produce enough of the hormones that tell your kidneys how much sodium to retain.
Gitelman syndrome, a genetic kidney disorder, may cause cravings for salt, according to the National Institutes of Health’s Genetics Reference Guide. The kidneys’ ability to regulate how much salt to retain is impaired and low sodium levels can trigger salt craving.
Should You Be Concerned?
If you’re craving salt for a long period of time, not just because you’ve been sweating a lot from real exercise or hard work and need to replenish your sodium intake, but it’s gone on for weeks or months, see your health practitioner for lab tests to tell if you have more of a problem than you’ve guessed.
You may just need your adrenals balanced. I know I’ve been taking adrenal supplements for months that have really helped me.
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