7 Common Food Cravings. What Do They Mean?
A food craving is an intense desire for a specific food caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward. Changes or an imbalance of hormones are common causes of food cravings. Emotions may also be involved in producing a food craving, especially if a person eats for comfort. However, it is been found a connection between food cravings and a lack of nutrients. From a nutritional point of view, a food craving could also be our intuitive urge from the body to get more nutrients. Your body is smart!
1. Fry foods
Cravings for fry foods or high-fat foods can be a sign of a fatty acid deficiency of fatty acid imbalance. Eat eggs, avocado, nuts instead.
Your body needs Sodium. Craving for salty treats is also often a clue of chronic stress and/or adrenal insufficiency. Under the stress response, you lose more sodium, and naturally, want to consume more to compensate for the loss. Consume seafood and sea-weeds, and good quality unrefined sea salt, Himalayan salt, or Celtic Salt.
If you crave sugar and sweets, your diet might be lacking good carbs. Sugar is the body's primary source of energy and it is needed to fuel cellular energy production. It also can mean that you are lacking sleep and your body needs more carbohydrates to function properly. Try to sleep at least 7 hours every night. Fruits, root vegetables, and orange-colored veggies are among some of the best carbohydrate options.
Cravings for chocolate can be due to the need for Magnesium. This mineral is lost rapidly under a stress response, so it's very common to have cravings for magnesium-rich foods when we are under stressful circumstances. Use good quality darker chocolate ( at least 70% cacao). Almonds, avocados, and seeds are also a good natural source of Magnesium. Consider taking magnesium supplements if you are under high levels of stress.
5. Acidic foods
If you usually crave acidic foods like lemons, limes, citrus, or vinegary foods, you could be low in stomach acid. Stomach acid is important for your digestion and breaking down your foods, particularly proteins. Use lemon water and apple cider vinegar before meals to improve your levels of stomach acid.
6. Red meat
You could be low in iron, zinc, or amino acids (building blocks of proteins). However, if you regularly consume red meat and still have cravings, you might not be digesting it properly to absorb its nutrients. Here you have some tips to improve your digestion.
Ice cravings are associated with a common type of anemia called iron deficiency anemia. Consider taking a blood test and checking your iron levels. Some natural sources of iron are meat, fish, and beans/legumes.
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