Do you crave salt? Sweet? Meat? Chocolate? Red wine?
Cravings are driven by the balance of hormones you have and by the health of the bacteria in your gut – it’s not a willpower thing, it’s these other things that drive the cravings. We call them the Root Causes. It may be your body telling you it needs more of certain vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
Decoding cravings and what your body is telling you will allow you the control to overcome them and eventually they will subside.
What Your Cravings Really Mean
Salt cravings. One of the main functions of salt in your body, is to retain water. If you have a craving for something salty, you may be slightly dehydrated and your body is trying to hold onto fluids. Dehydration can pose as a hunger pang, be sure you’re consuming at least 80 ounces of water each day. A salt craving may also be your body requesting trace minerals like calcium, magnesium and zinc. For these reasons, good alternatives to salt are drinking water and eating nutrient-rich foods like cottage cheese, kale and other dark greens or Greek yogurt.
Chocolate cravings. This can be an indication that your body needs magnesium. Try taking Ignite each morning and incorporating more magnesium-rich foods into your diet like leafy greens, fish and broccoli which will help to keep your body balanced and cravings at bay.
Cheese and Pizza cravings. A longing for cheese or pizza can signal a deficiency in essential fatty acids. Take your FEWL EFA’s and try to incorporate more salmon and omega-3 healthy fats like avocado, olives and olive oil into your daily meals!
Sweet cravings. This may mean that you’re experiencing blood sugar fluctuations, but more likely that your gut health needs work.This is where Stops Cravings really shines, along with the gut health supplements, especially parasite blaster and candida killer! When you’re really craving sweets, find instead any protein from your plan’s food list. Breakfast shake and Detox shake work really well if you’re in a pinch!
Red meat cravings. When you start to crave steak and burgers, it could mean that you’re experiencing an iron deficiency or you have low B-vitamins, especially B12. Integrate more iron-rich foods such as lean red meat, eggs, whole wheat bread, shrimp, spinach and other dark leafy greens and top up with B-complex.