Sugar. It has recently become the subject of countless articles and studies. And rightly so as we increasingly learn more about the negative effects sugar has on our long-term health. In effort to cut down on your sugar intake here are some tips from The Complete Gut Health Cookbook to triumph over your body’s sugar cravings.
Here are some quick steps to take to help eradicate cravings while you are dealing with the longer-term underlying issues:
- Drink a glass of water. Wait 5 minutes.
- Have 1-2 teaspoons of fermented veggies (the amount depends on how much you are used to consuming), or a shot of Coconut and Ginger Kefir or Beet, Ginger, and Turmeric Kvass. This approach helps if the cravings are caused by gut flora overgrowths.
- Take 1 teaspoon of glutamine powder directly under the tongue. Let it sit there and dissolve for about 30 seconds before washing down with a glass of water.
Just like pain, a craving is your body telling you that something is going on that needs attention.
If your sweet cravings are particularly for chocolate, start supplementing with a good-quality magnesium powder (such as magnesium glycinate or magnesium citrate) providing 300-500 mg magnesium per day for a month. You should find your chocolate cravings ease or go away completely.
Nutrient supplements for blood sugar regulation:
- Activated B vitamins
Herbs and foods to help improve insulin sensitivity:
- Cinnamon (2-4 teaspoons daily)
- Goat’s rue
- Olive leaf extract
- Berries (strawberries, bilberries, cranberries, blackberries)
- Berberine-containing herbs (golden seal, oregon grape, barberry)
- Black cumin
Many of these can be consumed as a tea, or for a higher therapeutic dose, ask a herbalist for a formula made of the tinctures of these herbs. Cinnamon and turmeric can be included readily in many drinks, smoothies, and meals. Add spirulina to smoothies.
Herbs and foods to improve leptin sensitivity:
- Piperine (one of the active constituents in black pepper)
- Curcumin (the active ingredient in turmeric)
- Pectin (found in fruits and vegetables, and in supplement form)
- Acetyl-L-carnitine (in supplement form)