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What Your Cravings Are Really Trying To Tell You

Cravings are your body’s way of telling your body what it’s not getting enough of… Meaning that chocolate craving, is in fact a need for something else a bit healthier for your body… I know, shocking right? (And slightly disappointing) Decode your cravings below and feed your body what it truly wants:


Are you mad for chocolate?  This may be due to a magnesium deficiency and your body perhaps being low in antioxidants.  Nutritionists call magnesium the great ‘calmer’ as it helps relax muscles, boost the immune system, keeps blood sugar steady, and may add to our serotonin levels – all reasons why we might crave this just before our periods.  Go for the dark chocolate that is 75% or higher cocoa. This blend contains less sugar and is often way higher in antioxidants than milk chocolate or white chocolate (which you should steer clear of at all times). Nuts, seeds and pulses along with leafy green vegetables are also rich in magnesium.  If it is a hit of antioxidants you need, then go for your dark, rich-colored vegetables and fruit like beetroot, blueberries, and raspberries.

Sugary Stuff

If you are constantly seeking sugar, there could be a number of nutrients missing from your body.  An adequate amount of whole real foods especially protein and good quality fat in your diet will dampen down your sugar cravings because often the first sign of an out-of-control blood sugar level is hunger.  Chromium, the mineral which helps to control our blood sugar, is found in almost consistently in most unprocessed foods. Wholegrains like rice, quinoa, green beans, broccoli, nuts, and eggs are great sources of chromium. Foods high in sugar are low in chromium and may actually promote a chromium deficiency.


There’s little doubt that caffeine is addictive but a sudden out of the ordinary desire to have espresso could be your body’s way of saying it requires more iron. This is quite common during a menstrual cycle. Iron brings oxygen to our cells and without it we can feel quite tired and seek coffee as a quick pick me up.  Increase your iron stores with red meat and green vegetables.  There are also a wide range of supplements on the market, but these should only be taken after a blood test.

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Prevent Cognitive Impairment With These Nutrients:

It’s crucial to implement a diet that prevents cognitive impairment the older you get.  Brain health can be stimulated in many different ways, but this isn’t a matter of exhausting yourself with crossword puzzles, this is about food to nourish your brain. In a recent issue of Food Technology, contributing editor Linda Milo Ohr indicated the key nutrients that may help safeguard your brain from mental decline:

Cocoa Flavanols

 These cocoa compounds may reverse age-related memory decline by improving function of your dentate gyrus, a region of the hippocampus—the hippocampus is most affected by Alzheimer’s disease—according to research from the Columbia University Medical Center.

Where To Find It: cacao beans, dark chocolate, CocoaVia powdered stick packs, supplements

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

According to a mouse study in the journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, omega-3 supplements can strengthen object recognition memory, spatial and localizatory memory (memories that can be consciously recalled such as facts and knowledge).

Where To Find It: salmon, flaxseed (and flaxseed oil), chia seeds, walnuts, enriched eggs, supplements

Phosphatidylserine and Phosphatidic Acid

The combination of phosphatidylserine and phosphatidic acid can help boost your memory, mood, and cognitive function, according to research published in the journal Advances in Therapy.  

Where To Find Phosphatidylserine Acid: organ meats, soybeans, supplements

Where To Find Phosphatidic Acid: cabbage and radish leaves, root vegetables, supplements


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Juicers: Here’s What to Do With the Leftover Pulp

You no longer have to feel guilty and wasteful for throwing away the leftover pulp after juicing! It’s always a shame seeing perfectly good nutrients get tossed in the trash, having no purpose… Good news is, you can clear your guilty conscience thanks to the CHOW Tip that provides 3 delicious ways to conserve the pulp after juicing: