Cracking the code of cravings

Cracking the code of cravings

by Vanessa Ng 11 Jan 2020

Cravings reveal a lot about what your body needs. If you have a consistent craving, it may be your body’s way of telling you that something is lacking or amiss. Read on to find out what those pesky feelings of peckish-ness might be pointing towards.

 

Sweet

Many of us crave for chocolate or cake as a late-night snack. Such cravings may hint at instances of tiredness or a need to regulate your digestion. While it is fine to indulge in a sweet treat every once in a while, too much of it can lead to weight gain. As such, try to op for naturally sweet food such as honey, fruits and even sweet potatoes instead of going with food that’s laden with sugar calories.

 

Spicy

If you are craving for some spice in your life, your lungs or immune system may need some attention. Heat helps to kill viruses, so spice such as chili peppers or garlic can help raise your body temperature to kill the virus. This is especially so when you are ill and full of mucus. However, too much of it can agitate your skin or disturb your sleep and stomach.

 

Salty

If you are craving salt, it may be a sign of weak metabolism sent from your kidney to your brain. Salty food contains iodine which contributes to optimal thyroid healthy when given in proper doses.

 

Bitter

While not an often occurrence, a craving for bitter food can hint at heart conditions or emotional issues. Bitter herbs such as digestive bitters typically help to flush out toxins, treat intestinal parasites and even viruses.

 

Sour

Sour foods are often craved when your body needs to stimulate digestion or break down fat. This is perhaps why people opt for unsweetened and natural lemon juice when they are on their weight-loss journey. Interestingly, it is believed that the sourness of food like sauerkraut triggers our liver and gall bladder to produce bile, which helps break down the fatty tissue in meat.

 

While the science behind cravings do make for an interesting read, there are times when a craving is simply a craving. It certainly helps to pay attention to your cravings as they can reveal a lot more than you know, but there’s also nothing wrong with letting it pass. When you’re on a strict nutritional plan, every little bit counts!

 

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