Most of us have food cravings at some stage of our lives (if not some stage of the day) but have you ever wondered what these cravings may mean?
1.Craving Sweet Foods and Carbohydrates?
Sugar cravings can be caused by an underlying candida/yeast infection somewhere in the body. Candida thrives in a sugary environment so if your sweet cravings are accompanied by any other candidia symptoms (below), then it may be a good idea to adopt an anti-candida diet alongside taking beneficial supplements to get your body back on track.
Include constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bad breath, mood swings, mouth ulcers, joint pain, acne, night sweats, depression, sinus problems, fatigue, itchy skin (typically ears, feet, skin folds, gentitals and mouth), headaches.
Candida Dietary Advice
-Avoid all sugars. Including fruit sugars and refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, pasta etc.
-Avoid yeast, aged cheeses and alcohol.
Beneficial Supplements For Candida Infection
Chromium deficiency can also play a large part in sugar cravings.
Symptoms of Chromium Deficiency
Include anxiety, irritability, weight gain, fatigue, acne, fatigue, blood sugar problems.
Specific Chocolate cravings may be a sign of magnesium deficiency.
Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency
Include insomnia, confusion, mood swings, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, muscle pain, muscle twitches, digestive problems, restless legs.
2.Craving Sour Foods?
If you crave sour foods and pickles, your body is probably telling you there is an imbalance in your gut. Traditional sour/pickled/cultured foods such as sauerkraut, yoghurt, kefir, kombucha, tempeh, kimchi, miso, etc, are all high in lacto bacteria which help to give these foods the sour/pickled tastes we crave. Unfortunately we have learned the cheats way to 'pickle' foods with vinegar and so it is these vinegary foods that we turn for sour cravings. Unfortunately theres do nothing to balance the good bacteria in our bodies.
Symptoms of a Gut Flora Imbalance
Include bloating, digestive problems, poor nutrient absorption, skin problems, fatigue, recurring infections, candida.
If you have the time, and the drive, start fermenting your own foods! It is easy. Home made sauerkraut, kombucha or pickled vegetables could be on the menu in a few weeks! These foods are high in many strains of naturally occurring beneficial bacteria.
3.Craving Salty Foods?
Craving salty foods usually indicates a mineral imbalance somewhere in the body.
Symptoms of Mineral Imbalance
Includes stress, bone and teeth problems, adrenal fatigue, anxiety, digestive problems, fatigue, muscle weakness, dehydration.
4.Craving Dairy Products?
If a big bowl of mac and cheese followed by a milkshake is your idea of a treat, then omega oils are for you!
Omega 3.6.9 Deficiency Symptoms
Include skin problems, depression, fatigue, poor memory, mood swings, poor circulation, menstrual cramps, hair loss, brittle fingernails, dry eyes.
It probably comes as no surprise that your body may be needed extra iron and B12 here. Meat cravings may also may be attributed to a vitamin A deficiency as vitamin A is high in organ meats and also meat fats.
Iron Deficiency Symptoms
Include anaemia, pale skin, fatigue, dizziness, hair loss, sore mouth, ridges on fingernails, nervousness, digestive problems, difficulty swallowing.
B12 Deficiency Symptoms
Include chronic fatigue, constipation, drowsiness, eye disorders, depression, digestive problems, sore tongue, irritability, memory loss, moodiness, nervousness, ringing in ears, heart palpitations.
Vitamin A Deficiency Symptoms
Include dry hair, skin problems, acne, dry eyes, insomnia, fatigue, reproductive issues, sinus problems, frequent infections, styes, boils, weight problems.