Find out what your body is trying to tell you.
By Reina Berger
If you've ever found yourself craving a cupcake like no tomorrow, it may seem easy to just write it off as a quirky love of sugar or an act of hunger. However, as registered dietitian Maya Feller explains, sometimes when it comes to cravings, our bodies are trying to send messages to us, letting us know which nutrients we need and which conditions we may have. If you want to know what your sugar obsession, salt fixation, or hunger for meat really mean, keep reading.
If you find yourself reaching for the salt shaker at every meal and longing for the saltiest potato chips you can find, your body may be sending you some signals. Craving salt can be a sign of dehydration, whether that’s from profuse sweating in hot climates, not drinking enough water on a regular basis, or exercising heavily and not replenishing your fluids. Some studies even suggest that extracellular dehydration during pregnancy could actually increase the appetite for salt in offspring. You may also have an electrolyte imbalance which can be linked to hydration, or it can be due to an adrenal insufficiency. To find out for sure, make an appointment with your primary care physician so they can run tests and diagnose you properly.
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