Kunal Sharma

Salt Is it good for you?

January, 2018
The Master Responds

Our body has the capacity to replace any lost salt because in this regard the brain is hypersensitive. You may have also noticed at times a sudden craving for salty foods; this sensitization occurs during a salt depletion. This is a natural way in which our body balances out any salt deficit in our body.

The most important thing to understand about salt is: it's not too much salt that creates salt addiction, but in fact it is salt restriction which makes our brain more sensitive and increases the addiction. If a pregnant woman does not consume enough salt, then the baby will crave for salt throughout childhood and adulthood. Research says that if our body and brain do not get enough salt, then our craving for salty foods will increase, just like the craving for drugs. Salt stimulates our brain receptors and produces a pleasurable reward sensation. Unlike salt, the more sugar you consume the more hunger pangs you will have. Salt intake gives you the buffering effect in times of stress and serves as a coping mechanism. People who consume low salt on a regular basis face more anxiety. A low salt diet also triggers sugar cravings. Unfortunately sugar has empty calories that contribute to internal starvation.


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