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Cravings=Deficiencies

While cravings can mean a number of things including psychological reasons, a strong craving usually indicates your body is low in a specific nutrient, vitamin or mineral. The craving is an indication that it wants to make sure it gets what it needs, the difficult part these days is, we have so much processed unnatural food at our disposal that we often get confused about what our bodies are actually asking for. The foods you crave may NOT contain that nutrient and often the person eats unhealthy empty calories in place of nutrient dense wholefoods.

Having some knowledge about what our cravings can mean, may help us to reduce unhealthy habits and poor food choices.

FOOD CRAVINGS

Craving this: Reason is:. Restore with this:...
COMMON FOOD
Cheese Essential Fatty Acids deficiency Omega 3's (EPA and DHA)- Flax oil, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts
Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
Pasta, white bread, pastries Chromium deficiency Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples, sweet potato
Bread and toast Nitrogen deficiency Foods containing proteins, i.e.. Green leafy veges, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains
Red meat Iron deficiency beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Popcorn Stress hormone fluctuations Meditation, breathing exercises, exercise, leafy greens, vitamin B and C
Crisps Chloride deficiency celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Essential Fatty Acids deficiency Omega 3's (EPA and DHA)- Flax oil, ground flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts
FLAVOUR
Burned Food Carbon deficiency Fresh fruits
Acid foods Magnesium deficiency raw cacao nibs/beans/powder, Whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, greens, fruit
Salty Foods Chloride deficiency celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Stress hormone fluctuations Meditation, breathing exercises, exercise, leafy greens, vitamin B and C
SWEETS
Chocolate Magnesium deficiency raw cacao nibs/beans/powder, Whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, greens, fruit
Soda, fizzy drinks Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
General sweets Hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) fruit, high fibre foods (beans, legumes), complex carbs (grains), chromium (cinnamon)
Tryptophan deficiency spirulina, pumpkin/sesame/sunflower seeds, raw cacao, oatmeal, sweet potato, spinach, raisins
Chromium deficiency Onion, romaine lettuce, tomato, cinnamon, grapes, apples, sweet potato
Sulphur deficiency cruciferous vege (kale, cabbage, etc), cranberries, horseradish, asparagus, carob powder, garlic, onion
Phosphorus deficiency whole grains, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, lentils
STIMULANTS
Coffee or black tea Sulphur deficiency cruciferous vege (kale, cabbage, etc), cranberries, horseradish, asparagus, carob powder, garlic, onion
Iron deficiency beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
NaCl (salt) deficiency Himalayan sea salt, Apple Cider vinegar, kombucha
Phosphorous deficiency whole grains, pinto beans, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, lentils
Alcohol, recreational drugs Calcium deficiency Sesame seeds/ tahini, broccoli, kale, legumes, mustard and turnip greens
Glutamine deficiency Cabbage, beetroot, beans, spinach, parsley, vegetable juice
Protein deficiency Green leafy vegetable, nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, beans
Potassium deficiency citrus fruits, bitter green leafy veges, banana, tomato, pineapple, black olives, seaweeds
Avenin deficiency Oatmeal, granola
Tobacco Silicon deficiency horsetail herb, nuts, seeds, oats, millet, barley, onions, whole wheat, beetroot. Avoid refines starches
Tyrosine deficiency Fruits (esp. Avocado and banana), whole grains, oats, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, Vitamin C, veges
EATING HABITS
Lack of appetite Chloride deficiency celery, olives, tomato, kelp, Himalayan sea salt
Thiamine (Vitamin B1) deficiency whole grains, peanuts, seeds, beans, green and yellow vegetables
Niacin (Vitamin B3) deficiency Peanuts, sunflower seeds, wheat bran and wheat germ
Manganese deficiency walnuts, almonds, pecans, whole grains, green leafy veges, pineapple, blueberries
Often overeating Tryptophan deficiency spirulina, pumpkin/sesame/sunflower seeds, raw cacao, oatmeal, sweet potato, spinach, raisins
Tyrosine deficiency Fruits (esp. Avocado and banana), whole grains, oats, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, Vitamin C, veges
Silicon deficiency horsetail herb, nuts, seeds, oats, millet, barley, onions, whole wheat, beetroot. Avoid refines starches
Often snacky No balanced diet, missing nutrients Consider a detox and substitute junk food for healthy meals
MORE BIZARRE
Crunching on ice Iron deficiency beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Laundry starch Iron deficiency beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption
Cigarette butts Iron deficiency beans, legumes, unsulphured prunes, figs+ other dried fruit, seaweed, spinach, cherries, Vitamin C for iron absorption