When To Worry About Your Cravings

We’ve all had cravings… Usually, they’re nothing more than an emotional, feel-good thing. But when are cravings a signal from our body that something might really be wrong?

Let’s get the king of cravings out of the way: Chocolate.

If you find that cocoa concoctions are more your BFF than the occasional yummy treat, it’s possible you’re low on magnesium. Magnesium deficiency has been linked to increased risk of stroke and diabetes, so pay attention. Spinach and almonds are healthy sources of magnesium.

Related: 6 Nuts We Are Nuts About!

The opposite side of the craving coin? Salt.

If you find yourself at the bottom of a chip bag before a huge presentation there’s a reason for that. Early research shows sodium may suppress the release of stress hormones in the brain, meaning you react less to that emotional strain.

But, before you go all Salty Mcfry on us, remember salt is linked to high blood pressure in some people. And those cravings could be a sign of a serious adrenal gland condition called Addison’s Disease.

Of course, you would probably wash that salty snack down with a swig of water. But if you can’t seem to stop drinking the stuff? Excessive thirst is a classic symptom of diabetes. If you feel like you’re in a desert when you drink… You may want to check with your doctor.

Related: 5 Diabetes Symptoms to Look Out For


About the author

Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.