For those that have started your new diets over the last week or so no doubt over this early period you have experienced some sugar cravings throughout these last 10 days as you have dramatically cut down your sugar intake after the festive period. Cravings are not just a battle of will power it is your body telling you that something is going on that urgently needs your attention.
What we find is that if you remove the physiological problem that is causing the problem (gut issues etc) then the craving will go away with little to no mental battle required.
Two of the common causes of sugar cravings are GUT DYSBIOSIS and BLOOD SUGAR DYSREGULATION.
Gut dysbiosis is a disruption or imbalance of gut flora and good bacteria. It alters the pH of our intestines and tissues and increases intestinal permeability and affects every day tasks such as sleep, clouds our judgement on big and small decisions and can decrease our resilience to infection.
There is evidence that microbes within our gut may communicate with the brain VIA the vagus nerve and by producing neurotransmitters. These microbes within your gut say to your brain ‘feed me sugar’ or ‘feed me starch’. These opportunistic microbes favourite food source is sugar and starches so the only way to reduce sugar cravings is to restore healthy gut flora.
Blood sugar Dysregulation or Dysglycemia is a disorder with the metabolism and regulation of blood glucose levels. Unfortunately this condition has become an epidemic in our culture.
Restricting sugar when it has been so abundant in your diet over the past and when sugary products are so rife on the food shelves and when we have very strong signals being sent to the brain from our gut demanding sugar makes ignoring these sugar cravings even harder.
So I thought I would help you so here are some of my tips to help you overcome those sugar cravings and go about restoring healthy gut flora until your body adjusts to your new way of eating:
- If your sweet craving s are particularly for chocolate you should maybe consider supplementing with Magnesium. Specifically you should supplement with magnesium glycinate or magnesium citrate (about 300-500mg per day for a month). You should find that those sugar cravings decrease or even go away completely.
- Supplementing zinc has also been shown to increase leptin levels (supressed during zinc deficiency). Leptin is a hormone which is made by adipose cells that helps to inhibit hunger.
- Make sure you use herbs such as Cinnamon, Tumeric and/or Cumin to help improve insulin sensitivity.
- With regards to improving leptin sensitivity herbs such as black pepper, turmeric and Acetyl-L-carnitine (supplement form)
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