The biopsychology of salt hunger and sodium deficiency

@article{Hurley2014TheBO,
  title={The biopsychology of salt hunger and sodium deficiency},
  author={Seth W. Hurley and Alan Kim Johnson},
  journal={Pfl{\"u}gers Archiv - European Journal of Physiology},
  year={2014},
  volume={467},
  pages={445-456}
}
Sodium is a necessary dietary macromineral that tended to be sparsely distributed in mankind’s environment in the past. Evolutionary selection pressure shaped physiological mechanisms including hormonal systems and neural circuits that serve to promote sodium ingestion. Sodium deficiency triggers the activation of these hormonal systems and neural circuits to engage motivational processes that elicit a craving for salty substances and a state of reward when salty foods are consumed. Sodium… CONTINUE READING
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