Food cravings stem from a plethora of causes, including nutritional needs and hormonal imbalances. Sugar cravings are common in those who suffer from hormonal imbalances and deficiencies, while fat cravings tend to be more prevalent in those who tend to be anxious or are deficient in particular vitamins. Understanding the root causes for sugar and fat cravings can help you find a way to curb them and become a healthier individual.
One reason for sugar cravings is improper adrenal function. When your adrenal glands are not functioning properly, they will not secrete adequate levels of a hormone called epinephrine -- also known as adrenaline -- which keeps your energy levels up throughout the day. Increased stressed levels can cause a decrease in epinephrine levels, causing you to crave sugar to increase energy levels. Unfortunately, the effects of sugar wear off rather quickly, causing further sugar cravings and creating a vicious cycle.
If you suffer from regular sugar cravings, it is important to find a way to break free of them so that you can live a healthier lifestyle. One way to do this is to eat frequent snacks, says Naturopathic Doctor Tom Ballard. Ballard recommends eating a snack or small meal approximately every three hours, as this will keep your blood sugar at a healthy level, reducing your body's need for refined sugars. This strategy can also lead to weight loss, as you will likely consume fewer calories through nutrient rich foods, rather than foods that are high in calories but do not have proper nutrient balance.
Fat cravings can stem from deficiencies of fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, as well as essential fatty acids, all of which are necessary for proper body function, according to Analytical Research Labs, Inc. These deficiencies often occur because the cooking oil refining process typically depletes the oil of these essential nutrients. One more reason for fat cravings may be elevated feelings of anxiety, says Analytical Research Labs, Inc. Fats may slow oxidation rates, which has a calming effect that may alleviate feelings of anxiety.
Analytical Research Labs, Inc. suggests that you include quality fats and oils in your daily diet to avoid deficiencies in essential fatty acids. It is also possible that you add fats to your diet to improve the taste of your food. You can choose other, low-fat types of condiments to improve the taste of your food and give it a desirable texture. If you are deficient in fat soluble vitamins, you can also take an oral supplement to avoid the necessity of consuming fats to improve the likelihood of vitamin absorption.
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