Does Anyone Else React To Salt/sodium?
Posted 31 January 2013 - 05:37 AM
Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:48 AM
I also have trouble with too much salt. It affects my sinuses, therefore causing pressure in my head, brain fog, dizziness, my ear feels like it's full of fluid. No fun.
A couple years ago I was sure I was having trouble with my inner ear, went through a million tests, but all came back normal. So I looked at my diet. Salt and dairy can affect sinus pressure, so I cut back on salt and cut out dairy and have been doing much much better. If I get into anything too salty I definitely get the dizzies.
I don't know if it's connected to Celiac, and don't think it's an allergy. I think some of us are just sensitive to too much sodium. To be safe, talk to your doctor and get your blood pressure and all that heart stuff checked out too. Salt can affect that as well.
Hopefully someone else can chime in with better advice.
In the meantime, cut back on salt as much as possible. (Don't cut it out entirely. That can cause problems too). I don't eat anything too salty (even over 200mg is pushing it sometimes), don't add extra salt to cooking, etc.
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- Gluten-free since March 2009 (not officially diagnosed, but most likely Celiac). Symptoms have greatly improved or disappeared since.
- Soy intolerant. Dairy free (likely casein intolerant). Problems with eggs, quinoa, brown rice
- mild gastritis seen on endoscopy Oct 2012. Not sure if healed or not.
- Family members with Celiac: Mother, sister, aunt on mother's side, aunt and uncle on father's side, more being diagnosed every year.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 10:53 AM
However, you cannot completely cut it out because the human body requires it (to maintian blood is one of its uses i believe).
Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:45 AM
My friend is very salt/sodium sensetive and her feet and ankles will swell if she eats bacon.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 05:47 AM
In my case, I thought I reacted to various salts, and then I found one that didn't seem to give me that reaction.
Posted 01 February 2013 - 12:25 PM
Thanks for the replies. Part of how I discovered this is from eating chips. Yes my guilty pelasure is eating chips! and a lot of them. I only was eating ones that I know are gluten free like Kettle brand. I am not sure which kind of salt those use. I should really look into this. Sports drinks cause the same effect as well. How would I go about figuring out which salt is in there when the ingredient just says sea salt?
Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:59 PM
Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:13 PM
Beet chips (Or potato, or sweet potato.) I have made leafy vegetable chips like this also.
1/4 cup oil
4 servings of beet or veggie slices potato
1 pinch salt
Mix. Place in oven at 275. Turn them over every 15 minutes. Mine take around 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.
They taste like chips But they are not stale!
Posted 03 February 2013 - 09:22 AM
Am totally trying those beet chips as I have a bag of beets sitting on my counter as I type.
Posted 16 September 2014 - 08:57 AM
I know this is an old post, but I really hope the folks who had contributed before will see my response -
About a year ago, I was having all the same issues listed here - severe reactions every time I had any amount of salt, no matter how little (100mg would set me off). Swelling, headaches, puffiness, etc.It got to a point that it felt like my blood and muscles were BURNING under my skin!! And I was ALWAYS thirsty on top of that. No amount of water could satisfy it (not to be confused with dry mouth - that was not the problem; this was true thirst; I drank over 100oz water each day and was still thirsty).
My doctor couldn't find anything wrong with me and suggested I may have fibromyalgia (the current diagnosis for everything that is NOT fibromyalgia). Instead, as usual, I took matters into my own hands and started researching every possible cause of this phenomenon. What I found was a single article amongst all the confusion (forgive me, I can no longer find said article) discussing how magnesium is one of the key minerals necessary for enabling the body to process salt. There was something also about the rapidity of oxidation of the salt (unfortunately, I just can't remember at this point). The author also said that blood tests would not find mineral deficiencies - only hair tests.
I began taking a Magnesium supplement the next day, 200mg every night before bed. After 3 weeks, there was a noticeable difference in the sensitivity to salt. After 5 weeks, I was no longer thirsty all the time. After 8 weeks, it was as though I never had the problem in the first place. Today, I continue taking magnesium on a nightly basis, and have added a second supplement of Calcium/Vitamin D combo (Magnesium is purposely separate from this combo because I truly don't think I need to take the calcium as often as the Mg).
My theory is that by being gluten free, our diets may be lacking in certain nutrients and we don't even know it. I am not saying you can't get all the nutrients you need from a gluten free diet; but for me, I eat very limited amounts of carbohydrates as a rule and I'm certain this contributed to the issue for me.
If you are gluten free/intolerant and finding yourself having sodium sensitivity, try this. It won't hurt you, whether it helps or not. Beware that too much Magnesium leads to diarrhea though, so a 200mg tablet is your best bet!!
I hope it helps.
Posted 18 September 2014 - 05:08 AM
I have a very similar reaction to chips. I had to cut iodized salt, nightshades, and corn/corn oil (which is also in iodized salt) which all tend to be a risk in chips. Seaweed is high in iodine.
Celiac & Mastocytosis
Follows a diet similar to the Paleo diet, minus high-histamine items such as
avocadoes, mangoes, papaya, berries, pork, farm-raised fish, spinach, and seeds.
No eggs or red meat either.
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