We all have cravings – some people just have more of them more often. I have to say that I used to have these cravings a lot, and I would always give in – no matter what. What some of you may not know, however, cravings mean something more than you wanting something specific to eat.
For example, when was the last time you felt like eating salty food? A large serving of French fries or a huge bag of potato chips – you would have killed for these probably! But did you know that a strong craving for something salty may mean that you are experiencing calcium deficiency? The reason for the craving is that sodium (SALT) can trick the body into thinking that there are higher levels of calcium. Aside from calcium, your body might need other minerals such as potassium. If you get this craving a LOT, you might want to see your doctor.
How about chocolate? I used to crave this all the time. I thought I just really loved chocolate. However, according to studies, craving for chocolate could be due to depression. This is because chocolate does increase the levels of serotonin, which is basically the “happy hormone.” Perhaps if you crave chocolate too much, you might want to assess what is it that is making you feel unhappy.
Some people do not like chocolate at all but would crave sweets every now and then. The reason could be the same for chocolate cravings, but it could also only be because of low energy levels. I think this is one of the most common types of cravings – I usually get it on Friday afternoon.
So what are you craving now?