Food and drink cravings can mean a lot more than just hunger and thirst. They may be a way for your body to tell you what it needs in order to function well. If you crave certain foods, like chocolate or crisps, then check out our craving list to interpret what your body is trying to tell you.
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1. You crave chocolate
If you're craving chocolate, then your body is crying out for magnesium. This nutrient can help lots of the processes in your body, including blood sugar levels, blood pressure, regulating muscle and nerve function, bone and DNA. Magnesium can help keep your heart beating steadily and help build a healthy immune system.
Instead of chocolate, eat: vegetables, fruits, seeds, and nuts.
2. You crave oily snacks
You need calcium. This mineral is found in lots of different types of food and helps our blood clot, muscles contract and the nerves to send messages. It also helps builds bones and keep them healthy.
Instad of oily snacks eat: kale, dairy, legumes, mustard, cheese, sesame, and broccoli.
3. You crave bread & pasta
Like your loaves? It sounds like you need nitrogen. Nitrogen is an important component of amino acids and helps make proteins in muscles, blood, hair, nails, DNA and skin.
Instead of bread, eat: meats, nuts, beans, fish, and other high-protein foods.
4. You crave fizzy drinks
Find yourself reaching for lemonade? Sounds like you need calcium! As well as looking after your teeth and bones, calcium helps muscles and is one of the most vital minerals for your body functioning at optimal levels.
Instead of fizzy drinks, eat: kale, spinach, almonds, oranges, sesame seeds and broccoli.
5. You crave salty foods
If you like your salty snacks, then you need chloride and silicon. Chloride helps to transmit nerve impulses and regulates fluids in and out of body cells. Silicon is important for healthy growth of hair, fingernails and skin.
Instad of salty foods, eat: tomatoes, lettuce, seaweeds, cashews, seeds and nuts.
6. You like to chew ice
I know lots of people who like to chew ice, normally quite loudly! What you really need is iron. Iron is needed for the production of red blood cells and the immune system is dependent on iron in order to function. It also helps to convert blood sugar to energy.
Instead of ice, eat: meat, fish, seaweed, poultry, black cherries and greens.
7. You crave sweets & sugary snacks
Got a sweet tooth? You need carbon, phosphorus, sulphur, chromium and tryptophan. Your body needs phosphorus for many different things, including creating energy, forming healthy bones and teeth and moving muscles. Carbon provides you energy, sulphur makes up amino acids used to create protein for hormones, enzymes and antibodies, tryptophan is used in growth, development and helps in the making of serotonin - that happy feeling. Chromium helps insulin and is involved in fat and protein metabolism.
Instad of sweets & sugary snacks, eat: broccoli, grapes, nuts, vegetables, fruits, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, sweet potato, turkey and cheese.
8. You crave acidic foods
If you're after acid foods then you need magnesium. Magneiusm is used for treating ADHD, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromylagia and more.
Instad of acidic foods, eat: fruits, nuts, seeds and legumes.
9. You crave tea & coffee
If you love a cuppa in the morning then it sounds like you're craving phosphorus, sulphur, salt and iron. Salt helps to look after your fluid balance and it helps control the ways your nerves and muscles work.
Instead of tea & coffee, eat: chicken, beef, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, egg yolks, red peppers, cruciferous vegetables, sea salt, meat, seaweed and more.
What food or drink cravings do you get? Let us know below!