The body is an amazing machine always working to keep itself in balance. Cravings are the body’s way of telling us what we need. Unfortunately, many people suffer from a mild malnutrition from eating only depleted, processed foods and not enough whole, nutrient-rich foods. As a result, we end up craving the vitamins and especially minerals that we lack. For example, the body knows when we are missing potassium, but your mind is not aware of the flavor of potassium! The deficiencies will manifest as cravings for other foods.
Salt cravings are usually a sign that our thyroid and adrenal glands may be in need of minerals. Craving salty foods is also a classic sign of adrenal fatigue, especially salting your food before tasting it. It can also indicate a need for electrolytes. High quality sea salt is rich in minerals that when used properly nourish your thyroid and adrenal glands, keep blood alkaline and can even increase the healing powers of other foods.
Making sure that you consume adequate amounts of mineral-rich sea salt is crucial to your wellbeing. The salt used in processed foods is not actual salt at all. It’s refined sodium, with added bicarbonate, chemicals, sugars and preservatives. The refining process strips the essential minerals from the salt. Good sea salt is an essential part of a healthy diet.
Sugar cravings often mean you’re not eating enough protein, or your body isn’t properly digesting protein. Protein balances blood sugar, which decreases the risk of a low-blood sugar-induced binge. Sugars deplete the body’s supplies of B-vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc and manganese. Believe it or not, whole sugar cane is actually high in these minerals. In fact, sugar cane is the plant with the highest known proportion of chromium! Chromium is necessary for insulin function and to regulate blood sugar levels. The refining process strips out the minerals, so that the whole food nature put together so beautifully, now becomes something that destroys our health.
A clinical study done on sugar by a natural cancer clinic found that cancer patients who eliminated all types of sugar and sweets from their diets actually had double survival rates of cancer patients who ate sugar. They recommend to all their patients that the one food they should eliminate from their diets completely, is sugar.
PMS food cravings are due to poor glucose tolerance brought on by diets that are high in refined carbohydrates. Chocolate is high in magnesium, by the way! (raw cacao is one of the highest sources of magnesium. Moderation, please!) Eating and digesting the right kind of protein and adequate amounts will lessen your sugar cravings.