Like Or Dislike Of Salty Foods

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:
  • Stress
  • Adrenal Fatigue

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:
disturbed sleep
absent sexual desire
recent death of a loved one
dizziness when standing up
bowel movement changes
short-term memory failure
history of sinusitis
recurring depression
reduced mental clarity
regular runny nose
prednisone use
... 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:
Cause Probability Status
Adrenal Fatigue 90% Confirm
Stress 60% Possible
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ 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?
Possible responses:
→ 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: