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What your food cravings might be saying

What your food cravings might be saying

What your food cravings might be saying

In Chinese Medicine diagnosis, I am very interested in what kinds of cravings my patients have been having in the week.

The most common cravings I hear from people are salty and sweet.

Salty cravings usually indicate that the Kidney energy of the body is tired.

I’m not saying that the Kidneys are injured if you are craving salt, but the function that the kidneys have in the body is largely related to balancing the fluid and salt levels of the body.

If a person has been quite overworked, undernourished, or very tired, the body may be asking for more salt to regulate this function. The tired quick fix might be a big bag of potato crisps, or the slightly better option might be to roast up a tray of different kinds of potatoes and give them a decent salting.

Sweet cravings usually indicate that the Spleen/Pancreas energy of the body is tired and needs a boost. In Chinese Medicine we look to the Spleen a lot when it comes to digestive issues, bloating, edema, and fluid dysregulation. In this article it might be more useful to think of the functions of the pancreas: it secretes insulin when blood sugar levels are high, in order to unlock cells to receive the glucose from the blood.

Intense sugar cravings that lead to block of chocolate binges and ice-cream tub marathons are more than likely a cry from the Spleen/pancreas that it needs some serious support.

Sweet fruits such as dates, banana or mango might be a better way to satisfy a serious sweet craving.

Too much of anything can be problematic. Too much salt, or sweet or sour will tip the balance. But not enough of these is also an issue.

When we are rested enough to truly listen to our cravings hopefully, we can make good decisions about how to take care of these cravings without tipping the balance completely in the opposite direction.

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