It is estimated that between 60 and 80 percent of American adults experience some level of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms known as syndrome. While it is not yet recognized by Western medicine as a condition, our overworked population of stressed out, overweight, depressed people tell us a different story.
Between stressful jobs, school, housework, rush hour traffic, a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (never before in our history have we had the emergency need to lower blood sugar on an ongoing basis), almost everyone I know, and most of my clients, feel exhausted. When asked what they'd most like to do, the answer is usually to go somewhere and be in peace, usually by themselves.
Fatigued adrenals struggle or even fail to produce hormones like adrenaline, cortisol, and aldosterone. A sense of general unwellness, fatigue, and depression can be the signs of adrenal fatigue. Also, when you lack aldosterone, your sodium balance can be disrupted. This is why some people who suffer from adrenal fatigue, may experience salt cravings.
If this is you, you may benefit from using a little more sea salt in your diet. First, make sure it is a high quality sea salt from a good source. Then, add salt to your food to taste. Another way to increase your salt intake is to drink it in a cup of water. Don't use more than 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Sea salt will also help to mineralize the body, so you'll actually do yourself a double favor by adding it to your diet.
When to know that you've had enough: Listen to your body. If you crave salt, you'll probably need more. If you stop craving it after a while, it is pretty safe to say, that you'll need less of it. Adjust your sea salt intake accordingly.
A word of warning: If you have kidney disease, hypertension, or heart disease, you'll want to check with your doctor, before you start a sea salt therapy.