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Nutrition Questions and Answers

Anastacia Sampson - Nutritional Medicine and Iridology ExpertVital Health Zone is proud to announce Anastacia Sampson , who is our resident naturopathic expert and who is available to answer questions about nutrition and health.

Anastacia Sampson has a private practice and is available for consultation in a number of ways.

Anastacia Sampson will answer your nutrition-related questions.

Q: Can you please tell me what are the reasons we crave sugar or sweet foods?


Turkish Delight - Sweet DessertA: To begin with, the cause of sugar cravings often represents an underlining problem. It may be candida, an overgrowth of the fungus candidiasis in the colon that lead to sugar cravings as it feeds on sugar. Do note that such an assumption needs a complete medical history and probably bowel related tests to be sure. The partial solution would be sugar restriction.

The other possible cause could be a lack of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter in the nervous system, which can lead to carbohydrate cravings. The term carbohydrate covers all sugars. In this case 5-HTP, a precursor of serotonin, can actually support weight loss. Once again 5-HTP should not be taken long term and without guidance as it can lead to imbalances.

It is safest to not jump to conclusions and making assumptions without taking one's complete medical history. A common cause though is blood sugar imbalance or reactive hypoglycaemia, where one needs sugar to feel able to cope, face the day and to function! Yes we need sugar but dependence on sugar and not complex carbohydrates indicates we need a sugar boost to lift our blood sugar quickly, which indicates an underlying problem with poor blood sugar levels. Of course the sugar intake gives us the boost but after two hours we need another one and so the cycle continues! The answer is dietary with the support of minerals and vitamins, such as zinc, chromium and the B vitamins.

Hope this helps but do seek out a practitioner that you have faith in to assist you in the diagnosis of cravings.

Please note that the information provided is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or treat medical conditions. Consult with your medical physician regarding appropriateness of using supplements in your healing process.


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