Eating a lot of salt can make you thirsty but eating a lot of salt on a daily basis can make you less thirsty and more hungry. A study was done on Russian cosmonauts, their salt intake was decreased in their daily diets and they were thirstier. Likely on high sLt diets, your body tried to conserve water instead of taking in water that will flush fluid out of your system. They were hungrier because water conservation burns more energy. These studies were replicated in mice. The Anerican diet is full of sodium from processed food and eating out. If you eat less sodium you will not be as hungry and can eat less, losing weight.
- People who regularly consume high levels of sodium tend to eat more and consume less liquids.
- High sodium consumption leads to high levels of glucocorticoids, which can cause diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
- An adjustment in salt intake can lead to metabolic changes as well as changes in eating and drinking habits, which in the long run will alter physical appearance.
“They also found that high-salt diets were associated with a breakdown of muscle protein. The protein was converted into urea, a chemical that enables the kidneys to reabsorb fluid and prevent water loss while salt is excreted.”