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Sugar cravings can sometimes be the result of an imbalance in your gut health, which means that all those good bacteria in your digestive system aren’t working as happily as they could be. Compounding the problem is that eating sugary junk food makes the problem worse. You May be Experiencing Blood Sugar Fluctuations “If you’re craving sweets all of a sudden, most likely you are experiencing blood sugar fluctuations,” Goodman explains. “When your blood sugar drops, your body may be try­ing to get you to give it more fuel to keep your blood sugar levels stable.” (If this happens chronically, she says this may indicate that you have hypoglycemia). Sugar cravings are common and can often be explained by simple things, like the side effects from certain foods in your diet or a bad habit that has reprogrammed your brain. But some sugar cravings can be a result of an underlying nutrient deficiency.

Eating sugar makes the yeast multiply, thus intensifying cravings and creating a vicious circle. Steroids and stress, which increase your body’s secretion of the hormone cortisol, can suppress your immune system, allowing yeast to run wild, making sugar cravings constant. In macrobiotics, the sweet taste and sweet cravings are commonly connected to a need for comfort, support and nourishment. Followers of macrobiotic diets also believe you have to balance the ‘yin’ in some foods with the ‘yang’ in others; our yin and yang can also be disrupted by overworking or excess stress in our lives.

Instead, research suggests that most cravings have more to do with your brain than your body. As it turns out, sugar and fatty processed foods trigger the same areas of your brain as drugs. There have been a number of studies that show how sugar can affect the same brain regions as drugs and alcohol.

This is because simple carbohydrates, such as sugar, are digested faster than complex carbohydrates and give an immediate energy boost. You might think that a craving for something filled with fat or salt or sugar is your body working against you and your healthy eating habits. But there’s a lot to be said for stopping to listen to what your body is trying to tell you. Some people think that cravings are a sign of a. Same goes for all sweets, as a craving for sugar can mean your body is trying to give you a glimpse into your emotional health.

Studies show that it’s common to crave cakes, cookies, and saccharine-coated goodies when something is bothering you, be it stress, sadness, or even anger. What Your Sugar Cravings Really Mean by Ellen Vora, MD on Aug 12, 2019 / We have a national eating disorder. Perhaps this is because we’re inundated with mixed messages about nutrition, and we’ve lost all connection to traditional food culture.

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Sugar cravings fit into this definition.

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Sugar cravings typically mean that you’re insulin resistant and have lost the ability to regulate your blood sugar properly.

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That sugar increases insulin—the fat-storing hormone—and kicks in other hormones that change your biochemistry, which causes more cravings for carbohydrates.

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from Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on The Ketogenic Diet, including Simplified Science and No-cook Meal Plans
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The insulin pushes the sugar into the cells, but there’s often enough insulin left over that, a few hours later, it drives your blood sugar level down just enough below the normal range that you naturally start craving sweets all over again.

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And if your blood-sugar levels are too high, such as after you gobble down a candy bar or quickly drink a large soda, you might get a “sugar rush”—the feeling of being revved up, agitated, or overly stimulated.

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One of the biggest takeaways I got during my three weeks: Just because you’re having a “craving” or “want” something sweet doesn’t mean you have to eat sugar—or even pop a sugar replacement, such as a piece of fruit—on impulse.

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For example, it is known that low blood-sugar levels can trigger cravings for carbohydrates and sweets.

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by Robert A. Ronzio
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As the body continues to have strong cravings for chocolate, soda, juices, sugar or other refined carbohydrates, there is no hope because sooner or later, they will succumb to these cravings and lose control.

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from Problem-Free Diabetes: Controlling Diabetes With the Help of The Power of Your Metabolism
by Frank Suarez
Frank Suarez, 2016

You have your occasional struggles with sugar, but overall have your cravings pretty much under control.

“The Sugar Smart Diet: Stop Cravings and Lose Weight While Still Enjoying the Sweets You Love” by Anne Alexander, Julia VanTine
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by Anne Alexander, Julia VanTine
Rodale Books, 2013

Sugar cravings go beyond plain sugar itself.

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