Sodium Appetite

  • Alan N. Epstein
Part of the Readings from the Encyclopedia of Neuroscience book series (REN)


Sodium appetite arises when animals are sodium deficient. It is an increase in their avidity for the taste of salty substances that leads them to seek out such substances and ingest them, and is therefore a specific state of activity within their brains that serves an obvious self-regulatory function. In extreme instances, such as the pathology of adrenal insufficiency or adrenalectomy, the behavior of sodium appetite saves the animal’s life.


Adrenal Insufficiency Plasma Sodium Amygdaloid Lesion Logical Loss Sodium Deficiency 
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Further reading

  1. DeCaro G, Massi M, Epstein AN (1986): Thirst and Sodium Appetite. New York: Plenum PressGoogle Scholar
  2. Denton D (1982): The Hunger for Salt. Berlin: Springer-VerlagGoogle Scholar
  3. Fitzsimons JT (1979): The Physiology of Thirst and Sodium Appetite. Cambridge: Cambridge University PressGoogle Scholar

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© Birkhäuser Boston, Inc. 1988

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  • Alan N. Epstein

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