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Old 08-13-2007, 10:24 AM   #1
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Default I always crave salt immediately after a workout

/munching on Rold Gold Classic Style pretzels

I am in good, but not excellent shape; though I think for a 40-year old, I'm not too bad. I run 3-4 days a week and do push myself when I run.

What I'm curious about is that almost everytime I run, immediately upon finishing, I'm craving salty snacks. 99% of the time, I have about 1/2 a bag of pretzles.

Does this mean I don't get enough salt in my diet? I never crave sweets...heck, a bag of cookies lasts 2-3 weeks in my house.

What's w/the salt thing?
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:25 AM   #2
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*hangs a salt lick infront of your treadmill*
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:28 AM   #3
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:Q LOL! I actually found that amusing. Not helpful, but amusing.
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:29 AM   #4
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Your body is craving electrolytes. Keep hydrated. Drink some tap water or slam some gatorade... Riptide Rush is an excellent flavor.
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:30 AM   #5
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Default I always crave salt immediately after a workout

You are depleting your electrolytes during exercise and your body will crave salt, I can feel the same thing after doing a strenuous workout.

I usually drink some (not a lot) Gatorade directly after and that takes care of it.
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:31 AM   #6
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Default I always crave salt immediately after a workout

Sweat is salty.
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Old 08-13-2007, 10:31 AM   #7
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Hmm, I am pretty sure I drink plenty of water. Typically I drink 2 liters per day. I weigh 218 pounds, if that means anything for the water/mass ratio or something...
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Old 08-13-2007, 11:18 AM   #8
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Hmm, I am pretty sure I drink plenty of water. Typically I drink 2 liters per day. I weigh 218 pounds, if that means anything for the water/mass ratio or something...
Try drinking gatorade, powerade, or another one of those 'sport' drinks. You're lacking in electrolytes, not just dehydrating.

Alternatively, make your own by adding some salt & sugar/other flavor (so it doesn't taste nasty) to water. Check websites that recommend formulas for people with bad diahrea (sp); it's the same kind thing that your body is lacking.

edit: I mean last time I caught a major stomach virus, I felt a similar craving. But solid food = puke, so I just chugged gatorade, lol.
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Old 08-13-2007, 01:25 PM   #9
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Default I always crave salt immediately after a workout

That is weird. I thought it was just me. I usually eat tons of tortilla chips with a protein shake post-workout.
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Default I always crave salt immediately after a workout

Eating all those carbs right after working out kinda ruins the whole workout, no?

Get gatorade for the electrolytes you're losing.
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Hmm, I am pretty sure I drink plenty of water. Typically I drink 2 liters per day. I weigh 218 pounds, if that means anything for the water/mass ratio or something...
Just drinking straight water will probably make it worse. You are just flushing out more electrolytes when you do that. As others have said, have an occasional gatorade or a granola bar or something.
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