Craving for sweets
In the case of a balanced and varied diet craving for sweets is normal. The real problems appear when we cannot refrain from eating sweets. Eating sweets all the time might indicate a lack of chromium and magnesium. Our organism needs chromium to produce the glucose tolerance factor (GTF), which is essential for the normal functioning of the hypoglycemic hormone – insulin. When insulin cannot transport glucose from the blood into the cells to transform it into energy, the cells are constantly starved, inducing the desire of consuming sweets.
Craving for salty products
Those who often crave for salty foods may suffer from hypertension, chronic dehydration and therefore should do a medical examination as soon as possible.
Cravings for salt may indicate a lack of calcium and potassium. It is well known that sodium is an antagonist of potassium (K) and calcium (Ca), leading to their elimination from the bones, blood and body cells.
In these cases, it is recommended the consumption of fruits and vegetables, which are the main sources of potassium and also probiotic dairy products (yogurt, milk, cream), valuable sources of calcium together with beans, peanuts, walnuts, sardines, parsley, etc.
Appetite for meat
The decreasing of protein reserves, particularly in the muscles (when we are mentally and physically exhausted) can lead to a craving for meat. Also, the consumption of industrial products made of meat with a low biological value can trigger and maintain your craving for meat, as your organism continues to look for a high quality source of protein. In these situations it would be preferable to adopt a diversified diet which should contain fish, chicken, eggs, organic red meat and cheese.
Craving for fruits
Cravings for fruits generally represent a deficiency in food enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals (non – nutrients). Fruits supply the body with active food enzymes, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals containing lots of antioxidants, necessary for rebalancing your mental and physical health.
Raw fruits must be consumed only between meals, on an empty stomach, without being associated with any other category of food: vegetables, meat, milk, eggs, fats, cereals.
Fruits should replace junk food which you usually nibble between meals: chips, snacks, popcorn, candy, etc.
Craving for coffee
Craving for coffee may indicate a lack of sulfur (S) and iron (Fe). Good sources of sulfur are meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, whole grains, fresh wheat germ, onions and garlic.
Iron is vital, being also found in meat, eggs, mushrooms, parsley, paprika, cocoa and chocolate. Thus, you should include all these products in your diet and consume them at the right moment during the day.
Moreover, you should never exaggerate when it comes to coffee, chocolate, meat or eggs – as great quantities could do more harm than good.
Please also read: 5 tricks to overcome your cravings