End crav­ings for­ever!

Can’t re­sist your fa­vorite foods? Re­searchers re­port that our most com­mon han­ker­ings may be a sign of nu­tri­ent de­fi­cien­cies. Here’s help!

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If you crave salt…

It’s nat­u­ral! We’re hard-wired to crave salt, even though most of us eat three times more than ex­perts rec­om­mend. But when the body gets rid of ex­cess sodium, it also sheds potas­sium and cal­cium, elec­trolyte min­er­als that work with sodium to bal­ance fluid lev­els in our bod­ies, say re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Al­berta. Our brains trans­late the loss into salt crav­ings. Break this cy­cle by up­ping your elec­trolyte re­serves with elec­troly­terich foods and drinks like cel­ery, cu­cum­bers, co­conut wa­ter and fresh fruit juices.

If you crave carbs…

When your chromium, into Many mus­cle name, foods bread, a it cells de­liver trace pasta could to min­eral and be chromium, sig­nal burned sugar a that short­fall cook­ies for but fer­ries fuel. in of call very sugar small coli, liver doses—the and brewer’s best sources yeast. To in­clude kiss carb broc­crav­ings good­bye, ex­perts ad­vise sup­ple­ment­ing with 200 mcg. of chromium pi­col­i­nate daily. In a Duke Univer­sity study, the han­ker­ing for sweets com­pletely dis­ap­peared for half of sub­jects given a chromium supplement— and all par­tic­i­pants ex­pe­ri­enced at least a 50% drop in carb crav­ings within two weeks. Note: Check with your doc­tor be­fore start­ing a supplement.

If you crave choco­late…

No sur­prise: Most of us do! And it’s not just be­cause choco­late is de­li­cious—the treat brims with mag­ne­sium, a min­eral that as many as 80% of women lack, even when we take a mul­ti­vi­ta­min. Calm crav­ings by adding 3 cups of mag­ne­sium-rich dark leafy greens to your daily diet. Their chloro­phyll and cal­cium help the body ef­fi­ciently ab­sorb mag­ne­sium. Other sources: pump­kin seeds, al­monds and black beans.

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