I’m sure there are a wide range of ways that salt has an impact on the body, but today I want to look at just one of those ways. Specifically, how salt impacts how thirsty you are. It’s a little bit confusing, but too much salt can make you parched. Conversely, not having enough salt can dehydrate you as well. Strange but true!
When I eat poorly, one way that my body reacts is that I get really thirsty. This is because that a lot of junk foods such as burgers, fries, and even pizza are overloaded with salt. As a society, we consume far more salt than we actually need, and this can manifest itself as dehydration. What the body is doing is attempting to balance out its salt level. When there’s too much salt, your kidneys have to dispose of what isn’t needed. One of the most efficient ways to do this is through urination. That’s why you’re body’s telling you to drink more water when you’ve had too much salt!
Now, let’s say you’re sick in bed with a fever. You’re not eating or drinking much and you’re soaking the sheets with your sweat. Your body is losing salt through sweating and you’re not replenishing it quickly enough. This isn’t good because as your salt levels decrease, so does your blood pressure, leading to dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and symptoms that are much worse. What this is called is hypotension, and it can be caused by a lack of salt in the body.
One way to avoid these highs and lows is to simply watch your salt intake. Generally, you should be somewhere around 2,000 mg of salt per day, not much more than that, and not a whole lot less. If you’re consuming more, obviously you’ll want to try and cut it back, but you can also help your body by balancing out the levels through drinking more water. If you’re not getting enough salt in your diet, try adding a spoonful of Pink Himalayan salt a glass of water. This particular type of salt is packed with all the minerals that our bodies need that’s stripped out of filtered and distilled water.
Hopefully these two examples illustrate how having too much salt in the body will mean you need to drink more water, but also how not having enough salt in the body means you need to drink more water as well.