Wednesday October 2, 2019
Food cravings can mean a number of things. However, a strong food craving usually indicates the body is low in a specific nutrient. In this modern era of processed foods, the foods one’s body craves may NOT contain the required nutrients. The body will crave foods that it is accustomed to eating in an attempt to communicate what it needs. Most often, the individual eats unhealthy empty calories mistaken for nutrient-dense foods. Not to worry we have you covered! Below is a list of most often craved foods and what the body is trying to tell you it needs.
When craving sugar, this could indicate blood sugar imbalances and deficiencies in magnesium and chromium. Giving into the sugar monster will only make the problem worse causing a blood sugar roller coaster leading to more and intense cravings. Click here for more on maintaining healthy blood sugar levels with noni.
Did you know? Numerous studies that have indicated sugar can affect the same brain regions as drugs and alcohol. Individuals experience a quick temporary mood improvement from consuming sugar followed by a serious drop in mood and energy. This is where people tend to reach for another sugary snack aka sugar crash.
Try this: Select fruit when craving sugar with a big glass of water. Sugar and hunger cravings are an early sign of dehydration.
Craving chocolate may indicate the need for magnesium, chromium, or vitamin B. Good for us, chocolate is high in magnesium! To receive maximum benefits try to find chocolate of at least 65-70% cacao.
Did you know? Chocolate can be metabolized by the body into serotonin (mood boosting hormone) so cravings can also be related to an emotion/hormone imbalance. Click here for more ways to naturally improve your mood with noni.
Craving chips? Craving salty foods can be caused from stress (cortisol) and low levels of electrolytes. Try This: Consume zinc rich foods such as blueberries and cashews. The body has no way to store zinc, an important nutrient known to combat anxiety.
Craving fried and other fatty foods can indicate an essential fatty acid deficiency. Try consuming foods such as chia, hemp, flax, and walnuts are high in omega fatty acids.
Did you know? Emotions may also be involved in producing a food craving, especially if a person eats for comfort.
Craving cheese can mean an essential fatty acids deficiency. Try eating flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts for some omaga 3’s. Another possibility is a calcium deficiency which means you can feed the cells of the body sesame seeds, broccoli or kale for an extra calcium boost.
Craving more than your morning cup of coffee could be a sulphur deficiency. Instead of going for a sugar filled latte, try kale, cranberries, or asparagus.
Other ways to reduce cravings:
Did you know? Under-eating can make food cravings worse. It’s more advantageous to have a regular pattern of meals and healthy snacks throughout the day to avoid potential cravings.
Did you know? A study in the journal Obesity found that overweight men were able to reduce their cravings by up to 60 percent by getting 25 percent of their daily calorie intake from protein.
Reducing stress levels
Stress and emotional eating can influence a variety of health issues. Feeling stressed may promote emotional eating and cravings for comfort foods. Stress may also cause weight gain on its own, without extra food cravings. Stress results in higher levels of stress hormone cortisol, which may promote belly fat.
Did you know? An imbalance of hormones, such as leptin and serotonin, can also cause food cravings. It is also possible that food cravings are due to endorphins that are released into the body after someone has eaten, which mirrors an addiction. Click here for more ways to reduce stress in your life with noni.
Drinking plenty of water
Hunger and thirst can produce very similar sensations in the mind, causing it to become confused. Drinking plenty of water helps clean out toxins from the body, which may also benefit a person's overall well-being.
Getting enough sleep
A 2013 study found that not getting enough sleep could alter the body's hormonal balance. This imbalance contributes to overeating and weight gain.
Did you know? The researchers noted that when the sleep-deprived participants switched to an adequate sleep schedule, they lost weight, which indicates that their hormones were brought back into balance. Click here for more tips on getting a good night’s rest with noni.
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