Salt and water intake

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   Posted 8/25/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,  I am new to Lyme and was wondering why I'm craving so much salt. 
High water intake is extremely important for me (even prior to having Lyme) and I know it's supposed to help cleanse toxins in general.
I read on another post other Lyme patients crave salt too and it helps with water retention.  So is it logical to assume that we are craving more salt to keep our water levels up?
Or is there another mechanism at work here?  So is this something our body needs to recover or is it the Lyme bacteria trying to create a better environment for itself?
Sorry I just need to know if my body is sending me the wrong signals or if I should listen to it.  Thank you for your input.

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   Posted 8/25/2009 1:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I've heard other people say that they have salt cravings when they have the flu or a cold. I think it's normal.

I don't think there is anything bad about increasing your salt intact with Lyme beyond the usual blood pressure issues, etc. In fact, my doctor told me to increase my salt intake because my blood pressure drops because of my illness. I'm very bad about doing it though. I think I'm one of the few people on earth who doesn't really like salt.

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 8/25/2009 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Make sure you are using all natural sea salt. Table salt increases your acidity, which Lyme loves. Sea salt makes you alkaline, which disease hates.

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   Posted 8/25/2009 8:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, I did not know that. Will make sure I get sea salt for my home.

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   Posted 8/25/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the forum!

I've read that cravings for salt may be Adrenal Fatigue. You may want to bring that up to you doctor on your next visit.
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