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Chocolate may seem pretty hard to avoid this time of year, but some people crave it every day! New research shows that it might not be lack of willpower that makes you give in to the cravings... your body's bacteria may be to blame!
Chocolate, sweets, carbohydrates, caffeine.
Many people actually crave these things, sometimes on a daily basis.
Call it lack of willpower, bad habits or addiction, but the fact remains that some people find the urge to consume these treats too difficult to resist.
Now a new study points to a biological basis for chocolate cravings that has major implications for your health and your weight.
A team in Switzerland studied two groups of men, those who crave chocolate daily and those who consider themselves indifferent to it. They found that "people who crave daily chocolate show signs of having different colonies of bacteria than people who are immune to chocolate's allure."
Researchers are not sure if chocolate consumption alters the bacteria content of the intestines or if the bacteria changes, thus triggering the cravings.
Either way, the bacteria/cravings connection is an important one.
Other research shows that bacteria content of the intestines is different depending on body weight. Normal weight people have one kind of dominant bacteria while obese people's intestines are populated by a different strain.2
Again, researchers are not sure what happens first: weight gain or a change in intestinal flora.
Regardless, the findings illustrate that cultivating a healthy colony of beneficial bacteria is a key part of maintaining a healthy weight and feeling free from cravings.
A healthy inner ecosystem is made up of the friendly microflora (good bacteria and yeast) that aid your digestion and help you get the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Unfortunately, most Americans today have an imbalanced inner ecosystem, which can lead to food cravings and obesity.
By re-establishing a healthy inner ecosystem, you can free yourself from chocolate and sugar cravings as well as maintain a healthy weight.
The easiest ways to encourage the growth of good bacteria is to add fermented foods and drinks to your diet.
Body Ecology's fermented foods and drinks are carefully cultured with strains of beneficial bacteria and yeast to populate your gut and enhance your health.
Long a tradition of ancient cultures, fermented foods and drinks are becoming more popular in the health-conscious Western world.
Probiotic superfoods like kimchi and Young Coconut Kefir inoculate, colonize and feed the growth of good microflora in your body. Yes, they are a must for boosting your immunity, but they are also essential for stopping those cravings for the sugars that sabotage your ability to lose weight and stay young and healthy.
Keep in mind, though, that a desire for the sweet taste is quite natural. Finding pleasure and a sense of satisfaction in the sweet taste and constant cravings for sugars and alcohol, however, are definitely not the same.
We humans were created to actually enjoy that sweet taste but do so with foods that don't harm us or age us quickly. Learn more about why we crave sweet things and what to do about it by reading: Don't Feel Guilty for Sweet Cravings! Some Essentials You Need to Know About Sugar in Your Diet.
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So it's not about willpower. It's actually about what you are feeding your body and whether you are consuming foods and drinks that create or upset your balance in body, mind and spirit.
Make this year your best year yet with The Body Ecology diet and a balanced inner ecosystem!
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