How To Say NO To Carbs Even If You Don’t Have An Iron Will
Ever grabbed a bag of cookies or chips and told yourself you would only have one?
Before you know it, you’ve devoured half the bag. Disgustedly you put them away, yet an hour later you notice you’re craving that same food.
Carbohydrate cravings are a special kind of beast. Most people don’t crave wild salmon or organic broccoli, yet for some one bite of a glazed doughnut becomes the whole box.
Carb cravings are powerful for one reason…
And keep in mind, all carbohydrates break down to sugar in your body.
When you eat a lot of carbs, this has a significant impact on several neurotransmitters: dopamine, for instance, which releases feel-good endorphins that give you pleasure, and your “happy hormone” serotonin.
To curb these cravings, you need to dramatically reduce or eliminate sugar from your diet. Over time, cravings subside, but seeing that light at the end of the tunnel sometimes becomes a brutal ride. That’s because sugar addiction is extremely powerful, and sugar withdrawal is a very real and very painful experience.
The good news is that there are several supplements that can help you eliminate your carb cravings, and ease the symptoms of withdrawal.
Turn Down the Thermostat on Cravings…
Rhodiola is an adaptogen. Rather than push something in one direction or another, it acts like a thermostat and adjusts accordingly. Much like a central air conditioning thermostat makes a room cooler if it’s warm and vice versa, an adaptogen helps your body adjust to physiological stressors.
Rhodiola also helps neurons become more receptive to dopamine and serotonin, those two crucial “feel good” neurotransmitters that play a part in cravings.
A study in the journal Phychopharmacology found that in mice, rhodiola reduced opioid cravings and “vulnerability to relapse.”
What does this have to do with sugar?
“When you eat sugar it triggers the production of your brain’s natural opioids — a key factor in addiction,” says Dr. Joseph Mercola. “Your brain essentially becomes addicted to the sugar-induced opioid release, not unlike addictions to morphine or heroin.”
If “just one” becomes the whole bag or box, you know exactly what Dr. Mercola is talking about.
Reduce Hunger and Boost Your Mood Naturally…
Your body makes serotonin from an amino acid called L-trytophan. Yes, the same amino acid with an urban legend for making you sleepy from Thanksgiving turkey.
Tryptohan converts to a metabolite called 5-hydroxytrytophan (5-HTP), which (with the help of vitamin B6) becomes serotonin. Low serotonin levels have been connected to weight gain and carbohydrate cravings.
This makes sense: when you’re feeling sad or depressed, you’re more likely to nose-dive into something sugary, which temporarily boosts serotonin levels.
So why use 5HTP rather than tryptophan? Good question.
For one, 5-HTP is literally one step from serotonin. And, unlike tryptophan, studies show 5-HTP can also increase catecholamine metabolism, boosting other feel-good neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine to further decrease carb cravings and even help you eat less food.
A study in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders found for people with type 2 diabetes, 5-HTP can boost serotonin to reduce hunger, “predominantly [by] inhibiting carbohydrate intake.”
If you struggle with carb cravings, you probably have some degree of insulin resistance, which paves the pathway for diabetes and other metabolic disturbances. So taking 5-HTP is a win-win: when you curb cravings, you lose weight and also reduce your risk for disease.
The Main Mineral for Carbohydrate Metabolism…
Chromium is a trace mineral that plays a role in carbohydrate metabolism, helps balance blood sugar, and supports the hormone insulin so it can get sugar into your cells to burn.
A high-sugar diet drains chromium from your body, so ironically those who need this mineral the most – for instance, people who struggle with sugar cravings – have the least amount of chromium.
Besides optimizing blood sugar and insulin, chromium can improve mood fluctuations and reduce your urge to stress eat. Chromium can also support healthy serotonin and thyroid levels.
Many foods don’t offer much (if any) chromium, so supplementing is the way to go.
Important Mood Support…
Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid – meaning your body can’t make it, so you must get it from food or supplements – that your body converts to tyrosine. Tyrosine, in turn, converts to the catecholamines dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine.
Theoretically, your body can make tyrosine. I say theoretically because chronic stress and other factors could inhibit phenylalanine’s conversion to L-tyrosine. Supplementing with L-tyrosine improves the rate of neurotransmitter synthesis and, like rhodiola, can also work as an adaptogen to relieve mood swings and stress.
There is one supplement we carry that contains clinically meaningful amounts of every one of these important supplements, and today we want to offer you a discount on this powerful product so your carb cravings (and the withdrawals that go along with them) will be a thing of the past.
This powerful synergistic blend of supplements contains everything you need to help reduce your carb cravings. It’s designed to help modulate neurotransmitter function and balance blood sugar to reduce hunger and cravings naturally. It includes all of the powerful supplements highlighted above as well as several other herbs and supplements that have been shown to help reduce carb cravings for many. Highly recommended.
Getting past carb cravings can be painful, but by getting sugar out of your diet and adding this supplement to your daily plan I hope those late nights bingeing on potato chips and ice cream will be a thing of the past.
Yours in health and wellness,
The Rockwell Nutrition Team
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