What Do Your Cravings Mean?
By Sara Butler
Have you ever wondered why you have cravings? It's not because your body absolutely needs that piece of pie, but it may be because your body is craving something that pie can provide.
Cravings are a signal from the body that it needs something and wants you to get it. To deal with the cravings, most people either give into it or find a way to distract themselves from it. Here are a few of the most common food cravings and what your body may really be asking for.
Potato chips have a lot of one thing: salt. While too much salt is bad for your health overall, your body still needs a certain amount of salt in order to keep many vital functions going, like keeping your heart beating.
The reason that humans tend to eat too much salt is that it's something the body is hardwired to find and ingest. That's because in the wild, salt is difficult to find, so your body wants to pounce on it when it's available in order to keep things going.
If you're craving potato chips, then you may want to start keeping a food journal so you can see where you're getting your sodium from. Eating too many highly processed foods that are loaded with sodium is a bad way to get what your body craves. You should really try to get more of your recommended daily sodium (2,300 milligrams) from natural and healthy sources of sodium, such as leafy greens and beets.
Your body also needs healthy fats to function well, as they provide fuel for your brain to function well. If you're not getting enough healthy fats or other nutrients such as carbohydrates, then you may start to crave things like peanut butter to give you the nutrient punch your body needs.
Don't be afraid to make healthy fats a part of your diet. As long as you choose the right sources, such as nuts, seeds, and foods like avocados and olive oil, then fats are a healthy part of a balanced diet.
Sugar is not good for you, but that doesn't stop your body from craving it. If you find yourself craving baked goods such as cookies or muffins, then it may be because you're feeling anxious or depressed. Sugar-rich foods provide a hit of dopamine to your brain that can temporarily help you feel better, but then your blood sugar crashes and causes you to feel worse.
You can include sweets in moderation, but it's a good idea to incorporate natural sources of sugar for sweetness in your diet, such as berries apples, and beets.
If you're craving something, then it's important to understand why. Examine your cravings and get to the heart of the matter.
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