UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020
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You know those uncontrollable cravings? The ones that have you convinced that you would do almost anything for a chocolate bar or some potato chips? It turns out that there is a scientific explanation behind all the silly things you would do for a Klondike bar.
Cravings are your body’s way of telling you something is out of balance. They are a signal to the brain about what our body is lacking. Your craving is a sign that your body wants nutrients and not necessarily a specific food. Below are some common cravings and what your body actually wants when it is telling you to eat them.
A sugar craving is simply the body asking for energy. For as long as humans been around, we have been programmed to desire sweet-tasting foods. Long before candy bars, people had to eat plants to get the sweet taste they so desired. It is no coincidence these sweet foods are also excellent sources of nutrients, energy, and fiber. When you desire sweets, it means your body is missing out on carbon, phosphorus, and sulfur. Fresh fruit will give you your carbon fix while simultaneously giving your taste buds what they want. Phosphorus can be found in eggs, dairy, nuts and legumes and sulfur can be found in cranberries, horseradish, and cruciferous vegetables. Try adding these foods to your diet and watch your ice cream craving melt away.
A salt craving usually means you are not getting enough minerals. One of the key minerals you are missing out on is chloride. Table salt has been refined and stripped of many of its minerals. Processed foods are lacking in this department as well. It’s no wonder a giant bowl of over-salted popcorn sounds mighty fine right about now. Try switching your usual salt shaker out for sea salt and adding chloride rich fish and raw goat milk to the menu.
Craving for Spicy Foods
A craving for spicy food can be out of control. Those who can’t get enough spice often consider food merely as a vessel for hot sauce. This could mean that your body is not able to regulate its temperature and needs a little spicing up to do so. This food craving for spicy food could also mean that your body needs some zinc. Red meats, seafood, leafy vegetables and root vegetables should help cool down these cravings.
Sometimes nothing sounds better than a nice glass of wine. This could be due to a long hard day, or it could be from a lack of protein, calcium, glutamine or potassium. To give your body what it really needs, try eating foods high in calcium such as turnip greens, broccoli, and cheese as well as high in potassium like bananas, seaweed, and black olives. You can get your glutamine fix by taking supplements or eating raw cabbage and spinach. Add these foods to your diet to avoid hitting the bottle.
The key is to trust your crazy cravings. Whenever your body is craving something, pause for a moment and ask yourself what your body is looking for and why. This should help you make better eating choices. A healthy diet could help reduce your premiums. Let your term life insurance broker know if you are dieting and they will assist you in choosing the best life insurance company for you.