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"UNCONTROLLABLE CRAVINGS" - do you have them?


So today, let's talk about what can cause those "uncontrollable cravings" when trying to "lose weight" and better our "health"


What's it REALLY all about???


Well . . . there are 3 types of "CRAVINGS". . . that are linked to "addictive" behavior to food . . . that "stimulate" the brain to produce "feel good" brain chemicals . . . and they would be . . .


Supportive

Dispersive

And Associative


And "nutrient-poor, highly processed" foods with a lot of sugar, fat and salt are one of the causes to "uncontrollable cravings".


Now . . . a "CAUSE" of this . . . is an "imbalance" of hormones like "leptin" and "ghrelin" because these hormones play an important role in the brain's region responsible for memory, pleasure and "REWARD".


And many times with this "imbalance" . . . "cravings" can mean that we're "dehydrated", "stressed" or "not sleeping well".


Okay . . . so what else can cause "food cravings"???


Well . . . that would be . . . "vitamin and mineral deficiencies" like . . .


Magnesium

Zinc

Chromium

Iron

Calcium


You see . . . as soon as any form of "sugar" touches the tongue . . . our "nervous system" kicks into "high gear".


The "tongue" tells the brain's "taste center" that you ate something "sweet" . . . and with this . . . it relays a message to another part of the brain that eating "sweet stuff" . . . is a "GOOD THING" and "WE LIKE IT"!


Okay . . . so let's break it down to better understand the role our "hormones" play in all of this . . .


Now . . . the "normal" action and "reaction" of the body would be this . . .


The hormone called "Ghrelin" . . . "INCREASES" our "appetite" . . . while the hormone called "Leptin" . . . "DECREASES" our "appetite" . . .


"Ghrelin" is made in the "stomach" and "signals" the brain when we're "hungry". And this function . . . is so we naturally "won't" starve.


Now . . . "Leptin" is made in our "fat cells" and "signals" the brain when we've had enough energy stored from the food we eat and we now feel "full". This "stops" us from eating too much.


So simply put . . . the hormone "Leptin" . . . REGULATES our "energy balance" . . . that suppresses our food intake . . . and therefore, creates "WEIGHT LOSS".