We tend to think food cravings are normal and there is not much we can do about them, but there is much more to it than this.
It's not hard once you understand how to work with your body and the trillions of microbes that live in your gut (the microbiome).
They were put inside of you through evolution, over millions of years for a reason, but within your microbiome live both good and bad microbes.
The impact of too many bad bacteria is the root cause of many modern day illnesses such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, IBS, bloating and although research is young, there are strong links to many cancers.
Research has found that the bacteria in your body can sway how full you feel and can also tap into the nerve pathways that link your stomach and your brain. The vagus nerve plays a major role in brain-gut signalling. This nerve acts as a major highway in the brain-gut connection by connecting over 100 million neurons in the enteric nervous system to the medulla (located at the base of the brain). Microbes can produce neurotransmitters in the gut which affect the brain. Research has shown that therapy using a vagus nerve blockade can lead to marked weight loss, while vagus nerve stimulation is known to trigger excessive eating.
Many gut bacteria manufacture special proteins (called peptides) that are very similar to hormones (such as leptin and ghrelin) that regulate hunger. Not only can microbes tell your brain what to crave, but they can also change your taste receptors, making some foods seem more appealing than others such as SUGAR, FAT AND SALT. Microbes have ways to manipulate us into eating or not eating certain foods. So, if you have a gut filled with microbes that depend on sugar or fat or salt, those microbes would then be under strong pressure to get you to eat more of what they depend on, potentially leading to cravings for those foods .
Eating sugar will make you crave sugar like crazy.
It sets up dopamine receptors in the brain that cry "MORE" along with making sugar-loving microbes that start to demand you feed them more! Sugar can even change the expression of taste receptors, making certain foods taste better; while all the while releasing hunger-inducing hormones.
It's a hard battle to win if you keep eating sugar. It can take about three days to calm all this down if you restrain yourself from eating sugar.
Adding PROBIOTICS, FERMENTED FOODS AND MINERALS to your diet will be a huge help!
Foods That Change Your Cravings
Adding food and drink with probiotics such as water kefir, kombucha and fermented cultured foods will have a substantial impact on your health and wellbeing.
Water kefir is much stronger than yogurt) is loaded with B vitamins and C vitamins, and has over 50 strains of beneficial microbes. This helps you absorb nutrients from the other foods you eat with it. The probiotics living in water kefir are powerful weapons against killing off bad microbes but creating good cravings for foods that contribute to your bodies wellbeing.