Everyone craves from time to time (some more often than others) certain foods, especially something sweet (the most blamed being chocolate). These cravings are not only “in our heads”, as some say, but they have a physiological cause, the central nervous system and the bacteria in the gut is responsible. There are certain pathogenic bacterial species in the intestines, which feed on refined sugars (sweets), and which transmit signals to the central nervous system, producing that “imperative need” to eat something sweet at that moment (these bacteria practically demand that they to be fed).

Emotions are a very important component when it comes to craving, especially when we face anxiety or stress. Sugars increase the level of serotonin (the hormone of happiness) and make us forget about problems for the moment.

It is very important to understand that it is not only in your head, but is a complex physiological mechanism that is the basis of these food cravings. Your body sends you signals that you should take into account. Sometimes the body is deprived of certain minerals or vitamins, so if you crave a food, you probably need an important component of that food.

Probiotic supplements with Bacillus species help reduce appetite, especially for sweets, because they repopulate the digestive tract with good bacteria. Magnesium, Chromium and Zinc supplements have also been proven to be effective in reducing sweet cravings, so your body will no longer lack these minerals.

Learn to identify the moments when you have these cravings because you are angry or anxious, and find another way to get rid of negative emotions!