I thought about taking salt tablets when I sweat a lot from running, but I decided against it. Instead, I prefer to eat salty food because it tastes good, and you lose that enjoyment if you just take a pill. The pills might be more important if you’re trying to complete longer endurance events like a marathon, because acute electrolyte depletion can be a more serious concern.
I would imagine that a salt pill would cause thirst just like eating salty food, but I could be wrong about that.
I was thinking it was more the taste of salt in your mouth that triggered thirst rather than the ingestion of it. If it is, and pills were effective at bypassing that it could be a big help to me because I have trouble controlling my thirst.
On the other hand, I have managed to overdo it on the salt once or twice and it’s not too pleasant. Not the worst thing in the world, but I did feel sick. If you’re just eating it you sort of work your way up to that point. I am kind of concerned about taking it in a pill and having it hit you all at once.
I thought about getting some blank gel capsules and making my own salt pills but it turns out they’re harder to find than I expected.
no, i’ve never tried salt tablets beyond hydration (electrolyte replenishment) while doing hard manual labour in very hot conditions.
but how are you not getting enough salt from your regular foods? how much salt are you trying to take in? i was once on a sodium-restricted diet, and it was incredibly difficult; i could basically not eat anything processed at all, or eat out at restaurants, because everything had way too much salt in it.