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Sugar Cravings Linked to Magnesium Deficiency

Sweet Cravings
Sweet Cravings
Photo Credit: Tina Musico

The amazing human body gets an A+ when it comes to communicating nutrient deficiencies to the brain. For example, when the brain screams eat "sugar" it is vocalizing that there is an imbalance in the body related to blood glucose that needs addressing.  What is your body really trying to tell you?

In the case of sugar cravings, this very often indicates a specific deficiency in the mineral magnesium which is essential for regulating blood glucose. The way to restore balance is to resist the temptation to eat something sweet and, instead, choose a food rich in the missing nutrient(s). As long as the body is out of balance, the sugar cravings will persist.

Magnesium is essential for good health. This important mineral plays a role in at least 7 critical functions in the body. It ranks in the top 4 minerals found in the body with more than 50% of it residing in the bones. The body needs magnesium to not only regulate blood sugar but to activate and regulate over 300 different enzymes.

A deficiency in magnesium is expressed in at least 22 different forms. Anxiety, depression, restless leg syndrome, high blood pressure, insomnia and heart irregularities are among the numerous conditions resulting from a magnesium deficiency. Additionally, more often than not, if a person has a magnesium deficiency they will also have a potassium deficiency.  Potassium is essential for proper heart function and water balance in the body.  Also, increasing mineral intake by eating the proper foods will decrease mood swings.

Foods rich in magnesium include:

Apples Avocados
Brazil Nuts
Brown Rice

The proper absorption of minerals in the body is dependent on a number of factors including the presence of vitamins A and D which are known as "activators."  Without the proper activators to make the minerals bio available to the body, a deficiency will occur.  Therefore, a balanced diet that includes lean animal proteins and vegetables rich in minerals, including magnesium, or vitamin supplements is suggested.  A local natural foods market such as Earth Fare will have a large variety of supplement brands to choose from.


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