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“I Need Chocolate Right Now!” Are You Low on Chocolate or Nutrients?

“I Need Chocolate Right Now!” Are You Low on Chocolate or Nutrients?

Who hasn’t been there?

Desperately wanting a piece of pepperoni pizza? Hankering after a pack of M&M? or Yanking open the fridge just to get a scoop of ice-cream?

Have you ever wondered where do all these sudden cravings come from? They visit you at times that you didn’t expect, can be in the middle of work, during shower time or even after a big meal? Why is that?

I used to think when I suddenly craving for donuts, it simply means my body (or even my life) is low on donuts. But seems it’s not as simple as I thought.

Food craving and Hunger Are Two Different Stories

Food craving and hunger are actually two different things. Hunger is a survival mechanism that your brain has on your stomach. Your brain sends signals through the stomach to tell you that you need energy input to function.

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Food craving is different. According to various researches, food craving is defined as an intense desire to eat a specific foodstuff; is a common occurrence across all cultures and societies.

It also indicates your body is lacking some key nutrients. In searching your food history and experience, your brain will signal you to the food that contains the type of nutrient your body needs.

You may be craving for donuts (like what I do), french fries, burgers or a nice piece of Angus steak, you can name anything! But here, I narrowed down some of the most common food cravings that I am sure most of us have experienced before and what do they actually say about your body.

They might not work well as

So hold your craving for a second and let’s get started!

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If You Are Craving For Chocolate- You are either low on magnetism or having a shitty day.

Chocolate is high in magnetism and if you are craving for it, it can mean you are experiencing a magnetism deficiency. Magnetism is an important nutrient for your hair and skin and low in magnetism can cause dizziness, muscle weakness, and low blood pressure.

Another reason is the flavor of a chocolate trigger the release of serotonin. It’s like a natural anti-depressant in the form of dessert, that your brain seeks out for when it senses your mood is hitting the pan. It can give an instant uplift to the happy chemicals in your brain.

There is no harm to go for a few pieces of chocolate but make sure you don’t overeat. It;s also better if you go for dark chocolate as it contains less sugar and high in antioxidants.

If You Are Carving For Salty Food- You are either dehydrate or low on calcium

We all had times where we want to suck up a big box of Mcdonalds fries or finish the whole pack of pretzels while watching Netflix. A craving for salty food can indicate that you may be dehydrated or more seriously, low in calcium.

Consuming salty food gives our bodies an illusion of “calcium satisfaction”. Once it fades, you start craving for salty food again and digesting salty food consumes more water from your body than usual.

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And the loop goes on.

Instead of going to the drive-thru at 3 am, try to include high calcium food such as dark leafy green, low-fat milk and yogurt in your diet.

If You Are Craving For Sugar- You are experiencing blood sugar fluctuation.

Craving for sugar means your body has a lack of Chromium. It’s a mineral that works together with insulin that regulates your blood sugar level.

If you give this into chocolate and sweets, it will only make it worst.

In order to stop the craving, you should go for low GI food in your meals as they increase your blood sugar level slowly and steadily. But for the meantime, you can snack on fruits instead of processed sugar to cure your cravings.

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If You Are Craving For Red Meat- You are low on Iron

This one is not very surprising. Red meat generally contains high level of iron and a sudden craving for it can indicate you are low in iron. This usually happens around women, either going through their period or pregnant.

This usually happens around women, either going through their period or pregnant, times they need an extra input of iron.

Try to include more red meat into your meals or simply get more leafy greens such as kale and spinach to boost your iron intake.

Instead of Eating What You Crave, You Can Go For Some Healthier Options!

Here is a simple table that tells you what healthier options you can go for when you experience certain cravings!

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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