Why do we crave salt?
Humans have evolved with salt, not sugar, let's break it down.
In this blog you will learn
How long has the human body needed salt? 🧂
How long has the human body had to work out sugar? 🍭
The higher intake of sugar increases the body's insulin resistance and fat storage, more so than other forms of calories, leading to metabolic disfunction, chronic inflammation, and oxidative stress in the body. Speaking of hydration, higher levels of glucose in the blood even pull water out of your cells, causing cellular dehydration. This water is pushed into your bloodstream, which dilutes your overall salt levels. Furthermore, over consuming sugar can lead to damaging the mitochondria, the powerhouse of your cells, which inevitably leads to a decrease in ATP, increasing your hunger and leaving you with no energy for exercise.
Why do we crave salt? ⚡️
Naturally, our bodies will shut off the cravings for salt when we have fulfilled our needs, however overeating salt is something the body is still equipped to deal with, where our kidneys will simply reabsorb less sodium and pass it through the body. Picture it as an overflowing bucket, where more salt takes stress off us to fill the bucket, and not enough creates stress to fill an empty bucket!