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Health Tips: Cravings explained

Most of us get cravings. It can be for something sweet. Or something salty. Many different ways. But still a craving isn't hunger. Cravings is your body telling you something. So lets see a few different craving and explain what your body is telling you.

Cravings explained

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Chocolate

It is possible that you have a magnesium deficiency. Consider having some coffee, raw almond nuts, fruits, greens and seeds.

Salty foods

When we crave salty foods. Its more the crunch we crave when we are angry or stressed. When we crave popcorn it means we have stress hormone fluctuations. It can also mean a deficiency in chloride or essential fatty acids. It is good to have oily foods like flaxseeds, nuts and olives. Also good to eat leafy greens. Consider some form of meditation or light exercises.

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Sugar

It can show you have a deficiency in a variety of minerals. Minerals such as tryptophan, phosphorus, chromium and sulphur. Naturally sweet fruits and vegetables is a great way to deal with this craving. Fruits like grapes, apples. Vegetables like pumpkin and sweet potato, Lettuce. Nuts and sunflower seeds.

Dairy

When we crave milk, cheese or any other form of dairy. It means we have a deficiency of omega 3 fatty acids or calcium deficiency. To help deal with this craving it is advised to eat leafy greens that has a good amount of calcium. Or can have sesame seeds, chickpeas and lentils.

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Carbohydrates

Now this is a tricky one. Our lives seems to be filled with high carb diets. But if you crave pasta or bread it show you have a deficiency in nitrogen or chromium. Healthy alternatives to combat this craving would be to have salads with onions. Apples, seeds, grapes and sweet potato.

Remember its best to have a healthy balanced diet. That stops cravings before they start. Don't skip meals. Eat different things. Variety helps to maintain a balanced diet.

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