Salt Cravings and Adrenal Fatigue
Salt cravings could be a sign of Adrenal Fatigue. The adrenal grands on top of your kidneys, secrete a number of hormones including…
- Cortisol – a hormone to help you cope with stress
- Adrenalin – associated with fear, stress and excitement, increases heart rate and blood pressure
- Androgens – sex hormones, mainly testosterone which is the precursor to oestrogen
- Aldosterone – balances water and sodium (salt) ratios and regulates blood volume and pressure
Aldosterone acts on the collecting ducts in the kidneys to conserve sodium which helps regulate fluid balance around cells and in the blood stream (volume and pressure). In Adrenal Fatigue, Aldosterone (and the other adrenal hormones) may become depleted, leading to sodium loss through the kidneys and bladder. The body needs to replace this lost sodium as it is an essential electrolyte for optimal nerve and muscle function. It does this by creating salt cravings in the individual affected. This is just one sign of Adrenal Fatigue, there are lots more which I will expand upon in subsequent posts. The good news is that Adrenal Fatigue can be treated, it just takes a little time because of the complex nature of the condition and the multitude of body systems it affects.