What your cravings actually mean

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We all have a weakness and a vice we can’t live without – for some it’s sweet or salty or even both.

Chocolate

Your body could be in need of magnesium. Magnesium is great for a healthy menstrual cycle and essential for healthy bones.

Diet solution: Increase your intake of spinach, almonds, avocados and pumpkin.

Salt

Salt is important for transporting nutrients in your body and regulating your metabolism. Salt deficiency is uncommon as a lot of foods have salt but dehydration could be the cause of your craving salt.

Diet solution: Drinks lots of water and also use sea salt instead of table salt.

Alcohol

In times of stress your body draws muscle glutamine to strengthen the immune system. Rather than having a drink try foods high in amino acids.

Diet solution: Eat foods high in essential amino acids like red meat, fish, nuts and legumes.

Coffee

Caffeine does increase your energy levels as it raises your blood sugar. But reasons behind your need for a caffeine boost can be an underlying iron or vitamin B12 deficiency.

Diet solution: Foods rich in Vitamin B12 such as seafood, red meat and also beetroot is good iron source.

Chips

Craving chips and fatty salty snacks could mean your body needs the healthy fats. So rather up your intake in healthy fats and oils.

Diet solution: Oily fish such as sardines and anchovies and omega-6 fatty acids found in avocados and nuts will give you essential fats.

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