There’s an excellent video on how chronic stress and/or a high simple carbohydrate diet may lead to magnesium deficiency that causes other symptoms that lead to one type of medication being piled on top of another prescription medicine for the symptoms but without ever getting to the possible root cause, magnesium deficiency. But magnesium supplementation is not for everyone, particularly if you have a kidney condition or a very slow heartbeat. You might wish to look at this YouTube video on the causes and symptoms of magnesium deficiency.
If you have a test for magnesium deficiency, you need the test that measures how much magnesium is in your cell, not the test that measures serum magnesium just in your bloodstream. Ask your health care team whether your body type needs more magnesium than calcium and why.
Is there any place in Sacramento that consumers can go to to find answers and validation as to whether any given food cravings signal a corresponding nutrient deficiency?
You could take a look at the article from a 1992 UC Davis Medical School study, Serotonin response in sweet-food craving Alzheimer’s disease subjects. And do food cravings just mean your blood sugar/glucose levels are too low?
Are not enough blood and oxygen getting to your brain? Or are there specific nutritional deficiencies depending upon what you crave? Take at look at the uTube videos with Dr. Amen (author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body). See the uTube videos: 6 Tips to Control Your Food Cravings and Controlling Your Food Cravings Pt 2.
One question you may have is where do you find validated medical information such as published studies on the meaning of cravings or specific food-craving tips? Abnormal sweet-food craving may occur in subjects with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the study’s abstract. This behavior may be due to abnormalities in the brain serotonin system. Fenfluramine stimulates the brain serotonin neurosystem, producing an increase in systemic prolactin.
If you don’t have any disease, could fluctuations in your serotonin levels influence your food cravings at any age?
In the UC Davis study, using the fenfluramine stimulation test, brain serotonin system response was evaluated in 12 subjects with probable Alzheimer’s disease. Check out the book, The Calcium Lie by Robert Thompson, M.D. and Kathleen Barnes. You may want to view the YouTube video, The Calcium Lie. Check out the video on this link. Another book is Dr. Carolyn Dean, M.D. N.D’s The Magnesium Miracle. And don’t forget the section on the health benefits of magnesium (in the proper amount) stated in Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. book titled, Is Your Cardiologist Killing You?
View two of Dr. Roger’s videos on uTube on the effects of air pollution on your body and other health and nutrition topics. Another recently published book is titled, How Nutrigenomics Fights Childhood Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Issues. What you need to know about magnesium is that it is an essential nutrient. Why are so many people deficient in magnesium? You need the right amount for your body, not too much and not too little.
In Finland, salt shakers in some restaurants have begun offering magnesium to sprinkle on food, sometimes mixed with other spices or condiments such as garlic and onion, dulse, or dried herbs. What you need to know is magnesium’s role in lowering cholesterol. Find out the vital role this mineral plays in your own body.
Most doctors have not considered that mineral cofactors are involved in our biochemical reactions. This means in plain language that we all need a mineral balance. Are you taking a small amount of multiple minerals and silica to balance your minerals? Your first step is to investigate what multiple minerals in ionic form you do need.
Do fluctuations in your serotonin levels lead to food cravings?
Do you crave certain foods because you’re allergic to those foods? Or could the cravings come from some food ingredient, trace mineral, or nutrient you’re missing? What do other articles based on research tell you, and where can you validate the evidence? Check out the video on what causes some types of food cravings. Brains are overstimulated by a mix of fats and sugars, for example.
Sacramento nutritionists may study food cravings in relation to possible imbalances or deficiencies of trace minerals or other food-related needs that vary from carbon to sulfur. In the Sacramento and Davis regional areas, a study from the University of California, Davis focused on sweet cravings with Alzheimer’s patients. But it was a preliminary study limited by a small sample size.
Allowing for assumptions concerning central nervous system regulatory processes, the data suggested a possible role for the serotonin system in sweet-food craving in Alzheimer’s disease. The study appears in PMID: 1504133 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE].
According to the article, “Combat Your Food Cravings,” in the June 2009 issue of Natural Solutions magazine, page 79, if you crave sweets, what your body really needs are trace amounts of chromium, carbon, phosphorus, sulfur, and tryptophan. You can get all of these in small amounts from the following foods: To get enough chromium, eat broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, and chicken. Think about this.
Your body may need those items. But make sure that’s what you need by talking with a health care professional trained in working with food patients trying to find out what is causing the food cravings.
You’d need to be tested for deficiencies and your usual food habits discussed
What if your cravings are actually caused by deficiencies in what you eat? There have been studies on what foods, minerals, amino acids, and other items that are required for health. But you need to tailor what you really need to your own deficiencies.
Remember that you may only need small, trace amounts of minerals. So don’t go overboard with heavy supplement doses of anything. Your first step is to find out what you need and tailor what you eat to your body’s needs.
Numerous studies have shown that five minerals (and their co-factors) are critical for adequate blood sugar control: chromium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vanadium. But too much of these minerals are toxic. Find out how much you need.
For example, according to the article, “Weight Management As A Holistic Syndrome” by Carol Simontacchi, at the Deep Fitness site, Chromium is a cofactor with insulin. It’s essential for normal glucose utilization, for growth, and for longevity. Chromium works together with nicotinic acid and glutathione. Chromium is required for normal fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
Five minerals (and their co-factors) are critical for adequate blood sugar control: chromium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, and vanadium, according to the article, Mineral Deficiencies And Food Cravings. Manganese also is associated with sugar and fat metabolism. Stress also triggers chocolate cravings possibly by altering the dopamine and noradrenaline levels in your brain. And dopamine is a magnesium-dependent neurotransmitter.
A multiple mineral supplement, such as Eidon ionic liquid multiple minerals with silica can supply you with trace amounts of these minerals. But your body also needs to obtain various elements, minerals, and amino acids from whole, unprocessed fresh foods.
If you crave a lot of chocolate, what your body may need is magnesium. Low levels of magnesium trigger low levels of dopamine in the brain. This in turn may trigger desires for chocolate as a way to increase dopamine. As the dopamine increases, so does the pleasure of eating the chocolate. But chocolate is said to be very addictive.
Instead of eating lots of chocolate, get your magnesium from raw nuts and seeds, legumes such as lentils and garbanzos, and fruits. If you crave salty foods, your body may really need a bit of chloride.
So if you aren’t salt sensitive, you can sprinkle on your food some mineral salt or sea salt that’s unrefined. If you’re salt sensitive, another food containing chloride is fish. Open a can of wild Alaskan salmon. You can choose the no-salt added variety as the chloride already is in the fish.
Chloride also turns up in raw goat milk. If you’re old enough to have less digestive enzymes, ask your doctor whether taking digestive enzymes such as betaine hydrochloride would be of help for your individual needs.
You might also have a zinc deficiency. Food sources of zinc include oysters and red meat. Many Americans consume less than 10 mg of zinc per day. This amount is less than what is required for normal sugar metabolism or the other functions of zinc in the body. Or maybe your zinc and copper levels are out of balance.
White spots on the fingernails may signal a zinc deficiency for some people
White spots on the fingernails may signal a zinc deficiency. For further documentation on zinc deficiency and white spots on the fingernails, see the book, Dr. Pfeiffer’s Total Nutrition (1980) by Carl C. Pfeiffer, Ph.D., M.D. The late Dr. Pfeiffer was the former director of the Princeton Brain Bio Center.
If you take too much zinc as a supplement, you can create a copper deficiency. Minerals need to be taken in balance and in small amounts. See the study, Sandstead, Harold H., M.D., and Alcock, Nancy W., Ph.D., Zinc: an essential and unheralded nutrient. Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine, 197;130(2):116-118. As cited in Clinical Pearls 1997 pg. 271.
Also see, Amyard, N., Leyris, A., Monier, C., Frances, H., Boulu, RG, Henrotte, JG., Brain catecholamines, serotonin and their metabolites in mice selected for low (MGL) and high (MGH) blood magnesium levels. Magnesium Research, 8(1):5-9, 1995 Mar. Check with your doctor before you take anything that’s not from whole foods.
Supplements and even certain whole foods can interfere or interact with any medications you’re taking. Make sure you’re not allergic to any foods or supplements you’re being given. Also be sure you don’t have any kidney or other organ problems before you take any supplements that might make a problem worse.
According to the article, “Combat Your Food Cravings,” in the June 2009 issue of Natural Solutions magazine, page 79, if you crave soda pop and carbonated beverages, what your body may need is calcium. The article suggests that you get your calcium instead from kale, legumes, cheese, sesame seeds or tahini (ground sesame seed paste), mustard greens, turnip greens, and broccoli.
The subjects’ caregivers completed questionnaires concerning subject food preferences and behaviors
Alzheimer’s disease subjects with sweet-food craving were found to have a significantly higher response to fenfluramine than non sweet-food craving subjects. How does your brain respond to sweet-food cravings? Is there something chemically changed in your body or brain before you start craving a particular food? Perhaps it may be a hormone in your body? Or are you deficient in some nutrient?
The UC Davis study on sweet cravings with Alzheimer’s patients was a preliminary study limited by a small sample size. Allowing for assumptions concerning central nervous system regulatory processes, the data suggested a possible role for the serotonin system in sweet-food craving in Alzheimer’s disease. The study appears in PMID: 1504133 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]. What about fluctuations in your own serotonin levels perhaps leading to food cravings? Or could the cravings come from some food ingredient or nutrient you’re missing? What do other articles say, and where can you validate the evidence?
On the subject of food cravings, according to the article, “Combat Your Food Cravings,” in the June 2009 issue of Natural Solutions magazine, page 79, the article notes, if you crave sweets, what your body really needs are trace amounts of chromium, carbon, phosphorus, sulfur, and tryptophan. You can get all of these in small amounts from the following foods: To get enough chromium, eat broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, and chicken. Think about this.
How can you find out whether this idea has been validated in credible medical journals?
Where can you turn to for nutrition information after reading interviews in magazines? The only problem with articles where health professionals are interviewed is where can you go to validate all these statements in scientific studies or journals if references aren’t listed in a sidebar? Where can you find the resources without having to subscribe to the medical journals? Start with the public library or some of the online nutrition sites that have references.
You might find the following article links helpful in finding out why you may have food cravings. Do food cravings mean vitamin or mineral deficiencies? See the site, Cravings & Vitamin Deficiencies | Livestrong.com. Also check out the article, Food Cravings and What they Mean. And check out the article, Naturopathyworks – food cravings.
See the article, “What Do Your Food Cravings Mean.” The question Sacramento consumers want to ask is whether your body craves a certain food because it needs a specific nutrient found in that food. There’s also the phenomenon of false cravings. Where can you check out the following information and validate it? The list appears at the article site, “What Do Your Food Cravings Mean.”
Do Cravings Signal Deficiencies?
Craving chocolate means you’re deficient in copper and magnesium. True or False? Where can you validate this information with actual medical studies or medical journal reports?
If you crave dairy products, you’re deficient in calcium. If you crave nuts and seeds, your deficient in fatty acids, especially omega 3 fatty acids.
You also may be deficient in sea salt. If you crave chocolate when you get PMS, you’re deficient in magnesium. During menstruation the need for magnesium increases.
If you crave carbs, perhaps your blood glucose is down. Will vitamin B complex in small amounts or a small of magnesium then help? Can your health care team answer that question?
You can figure out that carbs do have some B vitamins, but much of it is stripped out, for example, if you eat white rice. If you crave salt, perhaps you need a bit of iodine in a tiny amount. You won’t get it from table salt or salty nuts or chips. Even iodized salt is processed, perhaps, with aluminum. Try toasted nori seaweed instead, unless you’re allergic to it.
If you crave sweet and sour foods, is your liver trying to get rid of toxins? What if you crave dill pickle juice, whether you’re pregnant or not? Do you need some type of liver support or do you need dark green veggies such as spinach or kale? Is your liver congested?
Is your thyroid thermostat turned off? These facts are mentioned in the article, “What Do Your Food Cravings Mean.” But if you ask your doctor these questions, what kind of answer do you think you might get? Is your doctor too busy to read medical journals? If so, find them yourself.
How do you locate the studies in which journals? And can you afford to read the abstracts for free or buy a subscription to the journal? Most people can’t afford a subscription to to get an answer. Where can you turn for free information to answer these questions with validated medical informational materials?
If you crave sweets, should you eat the whole fruit and avoid the sugary juice to avoid blood glucose spikes that may create insulin sensitivity? What’s wrong with the people who crave and eat dirt or chalk? Are they deficient in trace minerals?
Do they need a tablespoon of liquid multi-minerals? If you’re craving fatty, fried foods, perhaps you need extra virgin olive oil, about a tablespoon, or a cup of coconut milk. Those are questions you need to find answers to, and the problem is the lack of validated information online.
People craving spice may have a thyroid imbalance. Find out. Instead of spice, would garlic give your food the heat you crave? Or are your taste buds only tasting food as bland? If you need caffeine, are your adrenal glands exhausted? Do you need more vitamin C?
If you smoke, is your craving for a cigarette caused by not enough vitamin B complex in your diet? Or is it caused by emotional stress? If you crave alcohol such as wine or beer, do you have an L-Glutamine deficiency? Or perhaps you have the gene for alcoholism in your family that you’ve inherited and need to stay away from all alcohol?
Are you addicted to meat or crave meat? What amino acid are you lacking? Is it a problem with protein? Is there excess protein in your diet or none? If you chew on ice, do you have an iron deficiency? Or if you crave beets or beet juice, you may also have an iron deficiency.
Get tested and find out. Either you’re deficient or your stressed out with nervous exhaustion or adrenal exhaustion. Maybe you need more hours of sleep.
Try taking a small amount of magnesium, one capsule if your doctor okays it and your kidneys are normal and can handle a little magnesium. It may help you not to crave carbohydrates such as ice cream after a hard day’s labor.
The big problem with all these solutions to cravings is that it’s difficult to find validated medical studies online to back up the claims of what causes cravings other than getting your cells or blood tested for deficiencies.
Talk to your health care team. It could be you need a test that doesn’t measure the serum blood level, but how much of a nutrient actually gets absorbed into your cells.
For more info: browse my books, How Nutrigenomics Fights Childhood Type 2 Diabetes & Weight Issues (2009). Or see my books, How to Safely Tailor Your Foods, Medicines, & Cosmetics to Your Genes (2003) or How to Open DNA-driven Genealogy Reporting and Interpreting Businesses. (2007). Check out my free audio lecture on Internet Archive, How nutrigenomics fights childhood type 2 diabetes.
You may wish to check out my free audio lecture on Internet Archive, How nutrigenomics fights childhood type 2 diabetes. Legume flours, some nut and seed meal, and various types of bran can make more nutritious cookies.