Let’s face it: many of us can’t go a day without craving something sinful. For some, chocolate may yield heavenly satisfaction. For others, the salty taste of peanuts can restore the I in “life”. Whatever the craving may be, their is always some emotional retribution involved. However, the ugly truth is that many of these snacks are packed with calories, and if you’re looking to curb your intake of snacks for a healthier lifestyle, it’s time you need to heedfully listen to what your body is trying to tell you. That’s right. Your body talks to you through cravings, and something you might actually want may be something you don’t actually need (remember to consult your doctor).
Carbohydrates: Muffins, toast, bagels
Ever felt like swinging by the bagel shop to pick up your favorite bagel? What about doughnuts or muffins? Have these sinful treats ever crossed your mind? For those that live in metropolitan areas, there’s no escaping the titillating aroma of fresh, baked goods in the morning. However, did you know that your body is secretly yearning for a common element necessary in muscle building? Found in lean proteins like fish, nuts and beans, nitrogen is considered one of the most important building blocks of our body.
Salty Foods: Peanuts, Pretzels, Bacon
For many, strict diets that limit sodium content is a must. This potentially harmful craving can be found in nuts and processed foods. However, our body can be covertly whispering from deep within the need for this unsuspecting element: chloride. Chloride ions help destroy germs, give muscles stability and movement and help break down food in your stomach. Foods that are rich in chloride include the following: olives, tomatoes, celery and unrefined sea salt.
You’ve probably swung by the soda machine several times at work, seriously contemplating which fizzing flavor will help wean the hunger. But truth be told, this craving can be telling us that we may needcalcium. This important element has several vital functions in our body. From maintaining healthy bones to warding off arthritis, calcium is needed in lush amounts even as we age. Top foods offering a plethora of calcium include: yogurt, low-fat milk, cheese, broccoli, sardines, and salmon.
I think more Americans are guilty of falling victim to this craving than any other. From candy bars to ice cream, the American public has relied on this craving since our ancestors chewed on sugarcane grass for a quick fix. However, having a “sweet tooth” may translate to phosphorus and sulfur deficiency. Both elements are required by the body to aid in daily functions. Phosphorus is needed for bone and teeth formation as well as helping kidneys excrete wastes efficiently. The mineral sulfur, is found in abundance in healthy skin and hair. Foods high in phosphorus and sulfur include lean meats (chicken, liver, eggs, nuts, legumes) and vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, chives).
If you’ve ever found yourself eyeing the ice in your cold drink, you’re in good company. Many are affected by this craving. However, this common craving has been linked toirondeficiency. Iron is the much like the body’s vehicle. It aids in carrying oxygen to the body’s cells and organs. Reduced delivery can often leave a person exhausted and in poor health. Eating foods rich in Iron such as liver, shrimp, tuna, fortified cereals, spinach, raisins and even tofu can help eliminate this deficiency.
Oily or fatty foods
Much of the American public incorporates this craving into their daily diet. If you’ve ever considered swinging by the ol’ pub for hamburger and greasy fries, then your body may be lacking a key ingredient: calcium. Calcium is a key component in maintaining good bone health. Not only is this element stored in your bones and teeth, but it is also essential in nerve conduction and muscle contraction. Incorporating broccoli, almonds, okra, sardines, orange juice, milk and even beans into your diet can help quell calcium deficiency.
I’m sure the Mayans and Aztecs never imagined how popular this craving would become several millennia later. Be that as it may, this craving has been linked to poor levels in magnesium. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body and carries a vital role in daily body function. It helps regulate heart contraction by decreasing coagulation. This means that blood is being pumped more smoothly and effectively from heart to organs. Foods high in magnesium include: bananas, cantaloupe, potatoes, avocados, almonds, cashews and yogurt.
Tamara “Food Cravings? Here is What Your Body Really Wants.” Daily Transformations.