Our expert says:
I think that your bulimia may well be linked to your salt craving because you probably lose a lot of salt or sodium when you throw up. Sodium is an electrolyte that together with potassium, is important to keep the fluid balance in the body normal. When you throw up or purge yourself with the bulimia you probably lose a lot of sodium, potassium and liquid, which if taken to extremes can even be fatal. Please for your own sake, get some professional help for your bulimia. Bulimia is an Eating Disorder, which needs to be treated with a team approach. Please consult a clinical psychologist (they are listed in the Yellow Pages under 'Psychologists' or you can ask your gp to refer you), to help you work out what underlying psychological problems are driving you to self-destruct and to learn most positive ways of dealing with these problems. You should also consult a clinical dietitian to assist you to get back to eating normally again. Visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: www.adsa.org.za and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area. If you are in Gauteng then it may help to contact Tara Hospital as they have an Eating Disorder clinic (phone (011) 783-2010. In Cape Town and environs you can contact the Kenilworth Clinic (021) 797-1400 and in KwaZulu Natal there is Riverview Manor (033) 701-1911, or contact them on: www.riverviewmanor.co.za
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