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Dr. Oz shares tips to kill your cravings

Sugary doughnuts
Sugary doughnuts
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Summer is fast approaching and many people are trying to find useful tips to drop those last few pounds before their vacations. During the May 14 episode of the Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz shared some healthy tips in beating unhealthy cravings.

Sugar cravings

Recent studies have shown that sugar is just as addictive as heroine. The more sugar you eat the more your body will crave it. In order to beat sugar cravings you blood sugar levels must be stabilized. Dr. Oz recommends eating a mixture of low-glycemic carbs and healthy fats every three hours. This combination of food will keep you full and help you stabilize your blood glucose.

Sugary soda cravings

People whom enjoy or are addicted to soda most likely appreciate the bubbly taste of soda. You can beat this craving by purchasing flavored seltzer water which contains a lot less sugar than soda or add fresh fruit to your plain seltzer.

Carb cravings

Carbs can be a comfort food more many emotional eaters so avoiding carbs during emotional times and replacing them with healthy foods that are also satisfying. Adding red pepper flakes to your food will help with your carb cravings. Chili peppers contain a mood-boosting component that will give your body a dopamine–boost that will help with your moods.

Salt cravings

The more salt you ingest the more your body will crave it. Too much salt can be dangerous for your body as it raises your blood pressure which can lead to a stroke. If you are craving salty snacks throughout the day it may be a sign that your body is releasing the hormone gherlin. Gherlin is the body’s hunger hormone. It is secreted in the body when the stomach is empty and when the stomach is full secretion stops.

Dr Oz recommends a supplemsnt called Caralluma Fimbriata which stops the production of gherlin. However, the secretion of gherlin is a natural occurrence in the body and it may be wiser to full your body with naturally savory snacks to fill your need for salt; nuts, carrot and celery sticks dipped in hummus.

Another way to curb your salt cravings is to season your food with flavor as oppose to salt. Smoked paprika is my absolute favorite seasoning, I use when and where ever possible. Also, oregano, although mainly used in Italian and Greek food is great seasoning to add to most recipes. Ginger, curry, cilantro, basil, rosemary and sage are also naturally robust seasonings to replace if not all some of the salt in your food.

Crunch cravings

If chips and crunchy salty or sugary snacks are what you crave most consider a healthy food with a natural crunch as a replacement. Apples, celery, and carrots have the crunch and are high in fiber so they will also help with cravings.

General cravings

Before you reach for that snack or meal in between your scheduled meal go for that bottle of water. Many people mistake thirst for hunger. Drinking water throughout the day will help provide a balance between your hunger and thirst and help keep you full and keep those unwanted pounds away.

Dr. Oz also co authored a book called YOU: The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger. In this #1 New York Times bestseller Dr. Oz and Dr. Michael F. Rozen share tips on how to gain complete control over your body and health.