It is not just pregnant ladies that experience intense food cravings from time to time. All of us get a hankering for a certain food once in a while. However, cravings are usually our body’s way of telling us that we are deficient in a certain vitamin or mineral. Before you dive into that chocolate cake or bag of potato chips to satisfy your craving, try determining what your body really needs first.
Start With Water: Cravings and hunger pangs can often times just be your body crying out for water. It is estimated that 80 percent of the U.S. population is chronically dehydrated. Before you indulge, try drinking a glass of water. Many times this will send the craving or hunger pang packing.
Craving Chocolate: A lot of people will crave chocolate on a regular basis. However, this does not mean that your body is deficient in chocolate. Instead, your body may be telling you that you are deficient in magnesium. Magnesium is essential for our health, and while you can get it from chocolate, it is better to get magnesium through dark, leafy greens, nuts, and fish. This will help your body get what it needs and keep your waistline from suffering.
Craving Sweet Food: Craving sweets could be a sign that your blood sugar is too low. It is natural for our bodies to panic when our blood sugar levels dip, making you cave into that doughnut or soda. This response is natural for survival, especially in times of famine and such. However, in today’s time, it is rare for most individuals to go hungry. Therefore, it is best to better fuel your body so that it does not think it is starving and also to avoid blood sugar dips. Stay away from foods that spike your insulin levels and then drop them too low an hour later. Also, try to eat small and healthy meals every 3-4 hours to keep your metabolism burning and your blood sugar balanced.
Craving Salty Foods: Craving salty food may be your body’s response in a stressful situation. Instead of reaching for the bag of chips, try addressing your stress first. Take a few deep breaths and try some yoga stretches to help bring stress levels down. You can help support your adrenal glands by taking a regular B-complex and vitamin C supplement. These will keep your adrenal glands strong, which will then help regulate your stress levels.
When it comes to cravings, it is best to listen to them. This doesn’t mean you need to have that huge burger you are craving, but perhaps indulge in more iron-rich foods during your next meal.
Remember to always consult your chiropractor or physician before taking any health advice.
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