Just read this new info on salt from Physician's First Watch:
IOM Report Notes Doubts on Dietary Sodium Recommendations
By Amy Orciari Herman
New research supports the health benefits of lowering sodium intake from very high levels to more moderate levels (i.e., 2300 mg/day), according to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, but reducing intake too much might actually be detrimental to one's health.
Current guidelines recommend a 2300 mg daily limit for those at average risk, and a 1500 mg limit for higher-risk individuals such as blacks, adults over age 50, and those with diabetes or kidney disease. The new IOM report concludes that evidence is insufficient to determine whether lowering intake below 2300 mg raises or lowers cardiovascular risk in the general population. In addition, there's not enough evidence to indicate that higher-risk adults should have lower targets than those at average risk; in fact, some research points to possible harms with lower intake among higher-risk individuals.
I am at the point that I don't trust research and studies etc. They keep changing their minds. Why? (It's a rhetorical question) I think each person has to work out what's best for themselves. Keeping in mind their lifestyles, (athletic), known risk factors, (living in a hot climate), genetics etc.
I don't know if it is mentioned in this thread but there is a book called The Salt Fix by James DiNicolantonio if anyone is interested.
I always craved salt, but now I don't crave it as much as in the past. When I was little I used to eat coarse salt. In Italy we use coarse salt to salt boiling water (for pasta, vegetables, potatoes, broth ect.). I used to steal it from the kitchen. It has pretty big grains here, one of those on its own is probably more than the recommended daily intake. I also used to add to salt every food, even after it was already added. My mom was always complaining.
Then I started following the general recommendations that adding salt is bad and we only need the salt that is already in foods. So for many years I only salted raw vegetables and water for boiling. But I still craved salty foods (pickles, chips, raw ham etc. yummie ). Though I find that the less salt I eat the less I crave it. Curiously sodium in my analyses was always slightly low. The last time it was just one point above the low normal range. Now I'm starting to salt food again in moderation.
I don't think I have low BP, when it has been measured it has always been normal or slightly elevated. But I get nervous around doctors. I also never feel dizzy, except for very rare instances and it's only for a few seconds. But I think there must be something with my adrenals, I don't think it's normal to regularly eat coarse salt, come on!
i don't particularly crave it but find it helpful. I get muscle hypo-perfusion in my back which doc explained is to do with lax blood vessels not pumping the blood around properly so the muscles in my back aren't getting oxygenated. Taking salt helps the pain go away, and allows me to stand up for longer without triggering it. I'll salt load for a few days and the pain will be reduced for maybe a week or so. If i take salt every day i'll start gagging on it, so i just salt load when needed. I don't crave salty food, my food craving are spicy foods, which i think is to do with the endorphins it releases.