Most of us have, at one point in our lives, experienced intense cravings for unhealthy foods.
Whether it be for chocolate, donuts, salty snacks or refined carbs, our bodies appear to want them — and we’re often all too happy to submit. There’s just one problem: Eating these foods doesn’t seem to end the cravings. What is going on here? Are our bodies playing a cruel joke on us? Well, not quite.
Science now understands that these cravings are a sign that your body needs certain minerals that can be found in unhealthy foods but are best acquired from whole foods
Indeed, only by acquiring minerals from natural sources, in which all nutrients are optimized for superior absorption, can we hope to finally end the cravings that plague our lives.
Let’s take a look at the minerals in some unhealthy foods
Sugary foods (Carbon, Chromium, Sulfur, Tryptophan and Phosphorus)
These foods have the 5 minerals stand above and if you often crave for a sugar coated doughnut for example, your body could be deficient in any or all of the minerals mentioned above.
Carbon – an element from which sugar is derived.
Chromium – a mineral that helps you yo regulate the blood sugar levels in your body.
Sulfur – helps you in detoxifying your entire body.
Tryptophan – a serotonin regulator
Phosphorus – responsible for giving your body enough energy.
We can find these minerals in whole grains, cereals, nuts, seeds, dark leafy vegetables, fish and mushrooms. So, there is a natural way to get rid of your sugar cravings.
Chocolate — Magnesium
Chocolate is the most common craving in the West, so no wonder it is associated with a nutrient that great part of the population unknowingly lacks — magnesium.
The latest statistics has shown that 80% of the Americans lack magnesium, necessary for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including reactions related to relaxation.
Magnesium is also known as the “relaxation mineral,” because anxiety, irritability, insomnia and high blood pressure are the main symptoms that indicate its deficiency.
Now you understand why magnesium-deficient people feel much better after having a chocolate bar. Small amounts of magnesium in chocolate (from the cacao content) relaxes them. Of course, processed chocolate is not the healthiest source.
Eat more dark leafy greens, seeds, nuts, fish, beans, and blackstrap molasses. These are great sources of magnesium and will help you deal with your chocolate craving.