What Causes Craving Salty Foods?
Craving salty foods can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose craving salty foods, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "craving salty foods" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
dizziness when standing up
poor cold weather tolerance
reduced mental clarity
having a CFS diagnosis
short-term memory failure
severe allergies to certain foods
occasional runny nose
being in a poor relationship
physical punishment during childhood
... and more than 80 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of craving salty foods:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Food Preferences
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about like or dislike of salty foods:
How much do you enjoy salty foods?
→ I dislike salty food / food often tastes too salty
→ I avoid salt when I can
→ It makes no difference / don't know
→ I often like some extra salt
→ I really love/crave salt
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either dislike of salt or craving for salt, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as: