Attention high-achievers! Struggling with food cravings while managing a busy schedule? It can be tough to maintain a healthy lifestyle when constantly on the go. But did you know that there are science-backed biohacks to manage your cravings effectively?
Craving Sugar: As someone striving for success, maintaining optimal energy levels is key. So there's three things you need to focus on if you're craving sugar. #1 you need to improve fat adaptation, meaning your needs to learn how to run on fat in the absense of glucose. You can learn more about this in the optimized human protocol found on my website #2 if could be a magnesium deficiency. Consuming foods like nuts, spinach, avocado or even supplementing with magnesium can help reduce further cravings by improving insulin function and blood glucose management. #3 Having a bit of high quality salt in your water can often help you bypass a sugar craving because salt and sugar both play on the same NST Neurons in your brain. Incorporate these 3 Body Master approved habits can keep you focused on crushing the day, not sweets.
Craving Something Crunchy: High performers are constantly in a place of stress. We have crushing deadlines, problems flying at us from every angle imaginable and sometimes.....even the strongest cave reaching for a bag of chips or something crunchy. Here's 3 reasons why you may not be able to stave off that bag of chips
- Sensory stimulation: The act of biting and chewing crunchy foods can provide a unique sensory experience that activatse certain areas of the brain associated with pleasure and reward. This sensory stimulation may help to reduce stress and anxiety and improve mood.
- Sound and vibration: Some research has also suggested that the sound and vibration produced by chewing crunchy foods may have a calming effect on the nervous system. This may be related to the way that the brain processes and responds to sensory information.
So what can you do to get the best of both worlds? Opt for hard chewy things like raw green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and celery. More often than not when you're craving crunchy foods it's because you're nervous system is overactive because of stress and or you're not eating enough fiber. Incorperate crunchy foods throughout the day and you'll likely develop the ability to fight off the need for that crunch bag of chips.
As an extra bonus to chewing hard crunchy veggies, Some studies have suggested that the repetitive movements involved in chewing crunchy foods may promote brain plasticity, which is the brain's ability to change and adapt in response to experience. This may help improve cognitive function and memory. You're welcome.
Craving Salt: Salt cravings can be a sign of dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance. Instead of reaching for that nasty bag of potato chips, try snacking on potassium-rich foods like semi-green bananas or leafy greens and adding some high-quality salt to your water and meals. Remember the ratio of potassium to salt should be around 4 to 1 and when you can optimize this ration, you'll likely experience optimized cognitive and muscle performance.
Craving Sour: Sour cravings are usually a sign that you're lacking in vitamin C or other antioxidants. Vitamin C supports the immune system, reduces inflammation, and helps produce collagen, which is essential for healthy skin, hair, and nails to keep you looking and feeling young. As if that wasn't enough on it's own, here's three more amazing reasons why top performers need to keep an eye on their vitamin C intake.
- Vitamin C helps to protect the body and brain from damage caused by free radicals. This antioxidant activity helps to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain, which are known to contribute to cognitive decline and age-related brain diseases.
- Neurotransmitter synthesis: Vitamin C is involved in the synthesis of several important neurotransmitters, like dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. These neurotransmitters play a key role in regulating mood, attention, and cognitive function, and deficiencies in these neurotransmitters have been linked to depression and other mental health disorders.
- Blood-brain barrier: Vitamin C also plays a role in maintaining the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, which is a protective barrier that separates the brain from the rest of the body. A healthy blood-brain barrier is important for preventing harmful substances into the brain, which can cause inflammation and damage.
So if you're craving sour, get some vitamin c from guava, kiwi, potatoes and lemon. Side note for the savages, blend the entire lemon, the skin contains more vitamin C then the actual lemon.
By incorporating these Body Master Approved protocols into your daily routine, you can effectively manage food cravings and improve your overall well-being. Remember, you deserve to feel your best while achieving the best, and managing your cravings is a vital component of an optimized lifestyle.
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