Apparently I need to eat more salt. How?!

(33 Posts)
fuzzpig Wed 21-Nov-12 22:04:00

We don't have salt in the house usually, as we don't really like it, and I thought there was enough salt in stuff like bread, crisps, pasta sauces etc.

But I saw a specialist today (I have been diagnosed with CFS) who confirmed I have something called orthostatic intolerance, where I get dizzy on standing due to rocketing pulse and low blood pressure.

Apparently adding a bit more salt (as well as drinking more water, which is easy) helps a lot of his patients with this symptom.

But I actually don't really know how to use salt. I don't really like it if meals taste too salty (say if we have bacon, we usually rinse it first!) so I'm not really sure how to increase my intake, other than eating more crisps!

Any ideas please?!

also had another thought! worth getting a home blood pressure machine so you can monitor how it is affecting you.

fuzzpig Thu 22-Nov-12 19:34:16

Ooh didn't know about the bouillon - we actually use that quite a lot as it is gluten free (DH is coeliac) smile

frenchfancy Thu 22-Nov-12 19:35:29

My recommendation would be to get some posh salt. You would be surprised at what a difference it makes. We use Fleur de Sel (sorry I don't know what it is called in English) it is a sea salt, but it flakes in your fingers so you don't need a mill. It tastes much nicer than ordinary salt.

fuzzpig Thu 22-Nov-12 19:36:23

Peanut butter is very salty isn't it? <clueless>

summerintherosegarden Thu 22-Nov-12 19:46:53

Frenchfancy, fleur de sel isn't available much in the UK (sooo delicious though) but Maldon is a very good alternative. You're quite right - I hate 'table salt' but love Maldon (and in fact now almost certainly eat far too much salt as a result of buying it!)

Rather than just adding plain salt to food you could try garlic salt or celery salt. I love celery salt and probably use far more than I should. It's lovely added to soup or cheese sauce. Or anything really!

Gimblinginthewabe Thu 22-Nov-12 19:59:15

I have a different medical condition that means I have low sodium. I love salt though (cravings due to the low levels) so it isn't a problem.

Before I was diagnosed I ate a lot of marmite and crisps. I can tell when my levels are low because I drink the brine from olive jars!!!

McCoys crisps have the most sodium per bag if that helps!

fuzzpig Thu 22-Nov-12 21:02:20

I am doing my tesco order now including twiglets grin

Bizarrely I haven't been craving salt at all - in general my appetite has been a bit 'meh' lately. I used to get really big salt cravings especially during my period.

I have to try and increase my iron intake too, my last test was a little bit low (not enough to cause all the CFS symptoms though).

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