STRONG FOOD CRAVINGS
WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Strong food cravings'?
Your body craves particular foods when in need, whether to fulfill nutritional needs, or to relieve physical or emotional discomfort. Interpreting your cravings and the meaning they communicate about your physical or emotional state, instead of acting on them, is crucial to finding freedom.
SugarThe most common food craving is sugar. The simple sweetness of sugar digests quickly and improves your mood, providing a sense of instant comfort. Sweets feel nurturing in the moment. There are many physical reasons for craving more sugar, including candida, adrenal fatigue, hypoglycemia. As sugar feels nurturing, depression, anxiety and other emotions may trigger your desire to consume sweets.
CandidaMany sugar cravings are due to candida, which are single celled parasite that live off of blood sugar in your body. Everybody has some candida living inside of them. When the blood is excessively sweet, candida may proliferate out of control. Since these bugs need sugars to stay alive, they stimulate your appetite for sweet things in order to feed themselves. Each time you eat sugar, you feed the parasite and strengthens craving for sweet. Clearing your body of candida through our anti-candida cleanse can help you find ease and freedom from these insatiable sweet cravings.
Anxious & DepressedFood causes blood sugars to rise and leads to a feeling of balmy ease amidst emotional upset. When you feel disappointed or depressed, it can be tempting to turn to food as a way to soothe uncomfortable or difficult emotions. You may even find yourself daydreaming or thinking about food as a way to escape uncomfortable situations and feelings. If you notice a correlation between your cravings for particular foods and emotional distress, it is important to avoid judging yourself and just start noticing the behavior. Search for other ways to create calm in your life and come up with a plan to address emotional eating.
Sugar, Coffee, & Adrenal FatigueIf you find yourself craving food or a cup of joe in the late afternoon, you may be suffering from an adrenal problem. As the body moves into the Vata mid-afternoon, energy levels dip and you might find yourself looking for sweets, coffee, or other stimulants to get you going again. The sugar or coffee may give you an instant energy kick, but the effect is temporary. The sugar crash that ensues will leave you feeling tired and lethargic. Sugar also congests your circulation, which can make you feel even more sluggish or depressed than before. Plus, caffeine may disturb your sleep at night.
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DIET REMEDIES FOR 'STRONG FOOD CRAVINGS'
HERBS & PRODUCTS FOR 'STRONG FOOD CRAVINGS'
DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body. The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care. Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA HEAL 'STRONG FOOD CRAVINGS'?
AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTSAccording to Ayurveda, one or more of the following doshas and biocharacteristics may aggravate 'Strong food cravings'. If you have an excess of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them. Click on the biocharacteristic to learn what foods and lifestyle habits should be reduced.
Symptoms Tell A StoryThe first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms. Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances. Symptoms show you where your body is weakened. Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself. Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & biocharacteristics. If you notice a biocharacteristic or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms, it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
V = VATA, P = PITTA, K = KAPHA
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FAVOR DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS WITH THESE MEDICINAL EFFECTSEverything you eat has an effect on your body, which Ayurveda categorizes in a simple and easy way, using biocharacteristics (gunas). Biocharacteristics are qualities (like cold and hot) that describe the effect a food or herb has on your body. Cooling foods like cucumber, decrease metabolism. Heating foods like chili pepper, stimulate your body and increase metabolism. For 'Strong food cravings', you should select foods with the following biocharacteristics. Individual results will vary, based on your body type and the root cause of your imbalance.
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APPETITE-SUPPRESSANTSuppresses hunger without causing weight gain
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Heart & Circulation:
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
VASODILATORA vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
ANTIFUNGALHerbs that destroy fungus.
ADDRESS ISSUES IN STAGE OF DISEASE 2STRONG FOOD CRAVINGS IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 2 - AFFECTING BLOOD & EMOTIONS
Affecting Blood: Initially, imbalances are localized, often in the digestive tract. As an imbalance grows, it starts to affect your body systemically, via the blood. If you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances are starting to spread, have entered the bloodstream, and are now systemic. Pay particular attention to the biocharacteristics, tastes, and doshas out of balance systemically, so you know how to strengthen your body as a whole, and reduce physical stress on your organs. At this stage of imbalance you will begin to experience generalized discomfort, imbalanced emotions, and may develop sensitivities to temperature. It may take several weeks of strict adherence to a specific remedial diet to clear blood level imbalances. Blood cleansing herbs may reduce symptoms. A several day cleanse may shorten the recovery time.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITSThe following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Strong food cravings'. See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type. Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
Biocharacteristics of the 20,421 People Reporting Strong food cravingsOn average the biocharacteristics of people reporting Strong food cravings were less aggravated than 74% of other symptoms. From the 20,421 people who reported Strong food cravings in this study, average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:
Risk Factors of Strong food cravings
People who reported the symptoms below were also more likely to report Strong food cravings. Overall, 50.87% of 27,271 surveyed reported Strong food cravings.
Complications of Those Reporting Strong food cravings
People who report Strong food cravings are more likely to report the following:
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WHY IS AYURVEDA THE RIGHT SOLUTION?Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic, systemic approach, instead of focusing only on the disorder in question. Ayurveda shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you. Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type, which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths). It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders. Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder. It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of biocharaceristics (gunas). For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc. This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalanced biocharacteristics. By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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