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Weekly tip - Kill Cravings

Are you craving certain foods?

This could be your body trying to speak to you, telling you that you are out of balance or deficient in certain vitamins and minerals. It can be as simple as an imbalance in your protein, carbohydrate and fats ratio, which can be easily fixed by tweaking your meals, or it could be a deficiency in the essential vitamins and minerals the body need to function normally. If these deficiencies go untreated they can cause serious health issues.

Food cravings: what do they mean?

Sweets and sugar - Chromium, Carbon, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Tryptophan. That is a pretty serious list, so if you are constantly craving sweets and sugar it can be caused by a few things. 

1) If you are between meals and starting to run out of energy the body will crave sugar to give it a quick energy boost, but these boosts aren’t long lasting and the craving will soon come back. Opt for a high protein snack like a boiled egg, half a handful of raw nuts, a can of tuna with 1/2 avocado or tbs of extra virgin olive oil. These are all rich in healthy fats.

2) You could be micronutrient deficient in essential minerals, so add more leafy greens to your diet and increase your protein intake, while cutting out refined carbohydrates and sugars. You can't kill a sugar dragon you have to starve him.

Chocolate - Most cravings for chocolate can mean a deficiency in Magnesium. An easy way to fix this is by having a handful of raw unsalted nuts and seeds with breakfast. If these cravings come late at night try supplementing with magnesium, 1 to 2 capsules with dinner. Other side effects of magnesium deficiency is cramping mainly in the calves.

Fatty / oily foods and soft drinks - Calcium, now don’t go running for the milk, instead try vegetables as they are rich in calcium and many other essential vitamins and minerals, such as broccoli, baby spinach, kale. Other visual side effects of calcium deficiency can be brittle nails and vertical ridging in your nails.

Bread and toast - depleted in Nitrogen. Healthier option, increase your daily protein intake with red meats and fish.

General overeating - Normally comes from not providing your body with enough nutrients. If after a big meal you are still craving something more, this is a key indictor that the food is nutrient lacking, therefore the body is still after those essential micronutrients. Cut out the nutrient lacking foods and replace them with nutrient dense foods. More meats, vegetables, some nuts, seeds and fruit, little starch, no sugars, breads, rice, pasta or anything processed.

Even if you have changed your eating habits to a cleaner, healthier way you can still get food cravings, these are mainly because you are not absorbing all the nutrients from your food and your gut health is the issue. The gut is you first line of defense again illness and also where the body absorbs all of the nutrients from the food we consume. If your gut health is poor then your immune system is compromised and you are more likely to get sick and be less likely to absorb all the nutrients your bodies need. 

So before you go out and buy a multi vitamin, which we encourage everyone to be taking, first you must restore your gut health to receive all the benefits. Supplementing with HCL will assist in boosting the body's natural stomach acid levels which will improve your immune system and help you absorb all the goodness from your food. You could also take a good probiotic like kefir yogurt to help produce a health gut.


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