If you have a powerful craving for carbohydrates like chips, French fries, and white bread, there could be several things going on.
The first thing to identify is, does the food that you crave contain a lot of sweet or a lot of salt?
If you are craving salty carbohydrates, I would want to know if you’re drinking enough water. Probably not is my guess.
And the second thing I would want to know if if you are calcium deficient?
The third possibility is that you have adrenal fatigue or another type of adrenal problem.
Let’s remove those three possibilities.
Water has a tremendous regulatory effect on the gut. It helps the body immensely to improve digestion. Water also helps with the movement of food through the body and appetite regulation and control;
Water also influences various hormones that help regulate appetite as well as serotonin production and release.
I have found that regularly drinking a few glasses of water throughout the day can tremendously reduce carb cravings.
A lot of people who love bread and cookies and cakes and muffins often will have coffee or beverages also that contain sugar.
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They become dehydrated because they don’t have enough water in their diet.
Your urine should be relatively clear. If it is dark yellow or strong smelling, there is a good chance that you are dehydrated.
Next is calcium deficiency. If you crave French fries or potato chips, it is quite common to have a calcium deficiency. By increasing the calcium-containing foods in your diet, you can reduce your cravings for carbohydrates.
Some of my clients who started to drink unpasteurized cow’s milk began to notice that they didn’t crave carbs anymore.
A long time ago, people had adequate amounts of magnesium and calcium in their diet. Back then, the milling process and the production of grains was different; the soils were better quality; we weren’t using fertilizers that were stripping minerals from food.
Today, people often lack calcium and magnesium in their diets. The result is all sorts of cravings and desires for highly process foods.
Some foods that are a good source of calcium include sesame seeds, broccoli, and sardines.
Adrenal fatigue can also trigger carbohydrate cravings.
Many people today have problems with stress. Stress can put a lot of strain on the adrenal and thyroid glands.
The adrenal glands make the hormone aldosterone. Aldosterone regulates potassium and sodium. If the adrenal glands are producing enough aldosterone, sodium levels can drop because of excessive excretion of salt.
When sodium levels go down, cravings for salty foods is trigger. It can also leave people feeling weak and dizzy.
Potassium and sodium imbalance can cause muscle weakness and cardiac problems like arrhythmias.
If you have those types of symptoms and you are also craving salt, have your adrenal function checked out.
If you have carbohydrate cravings, it makes sense to address dehydration, mineral deficiency, and adrenal function. Making sure you are living a low-stress life is also critical.