I always crave salt immediately after a workout

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  1. MichaelD

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    /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. :eek:

    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? :confused:
     
  2. Demon-Xanth

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    *hangs a salt lick infront of your treadmill*
     
  3. MichaelD

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    :Q LOL! I actually found that amusing. :D Not helpful, but amusing. ;)
     
  4. SirStev0

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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.
     
  5. K1052

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    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.
     
  6. Ig

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    Sweat is salty.
     
  7. MichaelD

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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...
     
  8. eLiu

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    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.
     
  9. foghorn67

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    That is weird. I thought it was just me. I usually eat tons of tortilla chips with a protein shake post-workout.
     
  10. Modular

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

    Get gatorade for the electrolytes you're losing.
     
  11. Balt

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    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.