Nutrition

What Your Cravings Really Mean

What Your Cravings Really Mean

Cravings, we all get them…whether it’s a late night supermarket dash in pursuit of chocolate or the need for a bag of sweets to feed your sugar addiction. These little urges we get are simply our body’s way of crying out for nutrients. So what exactly is your body asking for? We’ve got it sussed with our mindful approach to nipping your cravings in the bud.

Sweets

Sugar is highly addictive; studies have shown* that consumption of this sweet substance stimulates the same part of the brain as alcohol and drugs. Sugar causes an increase in dopamine secretion which triggers the reward mechanisms within the brain; this is what explains that happy feeling you get when you eat a bag of sweets.

 

What you really need

 

Going completely cold turkey on sugar is near enough impossible for some, so try easing into consuming a little less of the artificial sweet stuff by substituting natural sugars such as fruit or yogurt. Consuming sweets when you feel a drop in your blood sugar will only feed your cravings making them worse. The mineral Chromium has been found to play a role in controlling blood sugar and cravings. Try taking a supplement of our total chromium daily to help you naturally ease off the need for sugar, whilst supporting normal macro-nutrient metabolism.

Chocolate

 

Chocolate is the most common food of choice when experiencing the urge for a naughty little treat, so if you’re a bit of a chocoholic here’s what your body really wants…

What you really need

 

Craving chocolate is often a sign that your body is lacking Magnesium; a mineral involved in regulating muscle and nerve function. Magnesium is also effective at preventing fatigue and reducing the risk of heartburn and indigestion. Opt for the raw, natural alternative to conventional chocolate; cacao. This is the perfect guilt free solution to chocolate cravings. Cacao is high in fibre, 100% organic and an all-round clean substitute for sugary processed chocolate. Other sources of Magnesium include spinach, pumpkin seeds, almonds and avocados.

Salty foods

 

Salt is essential for many processes within the body, including blood pressure regulation and nerve function. Cravings for salty food such as crisps, chips and popcorn may indicate mineral deficiency  and can also be a sign of dehydration.

What you really need

 

Salt cravings can be a sign of a potassium deficiency, try sprucing up your diet with leafy greens, bananas, avocados and nuts to keep your electrolyte balance on top form. Another simple way to get potassium into your diet is using organic hemp protein powder, this contains 94%* of your daily recommended intake and can be added to water or juice for a potassium loaded shake!

 

*http://jn.nutrition.org/content/139/3/623.short

*per 100g



Charlotte Cliffe

Charlotte Cliffe

Resident Nutritionist (ANutr)

Qualified nutritionist, health blogger and marketing executive who loves festivals and eating kiwi with the skin on...


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