Could Gut Microbes be the Cause for Your Cravings?

craving sweets

In my new book “Sugar Free and Easy Candida Diet Recipes” I talk about how you can re-balance the bacteria in your gut with help of a well balanced diet.

The interesting article I just read about how bacteria in the gut can alter your mood confirms this.

Ever thought your weight just jojos back up regardless what diet you try?

Who hasn’t at one point in their lives thought no matter what you do you just can’t seem to lose weight!

As it turns out your gut balance determines whether you will put on weight. 

So you might after all not be responsible for the extra pounds you gained lately ?

The yeasties are to blame!

The bacteria in your gut need certain foods to thrive. They love sugar and carbohydrates in general.

What researchers have been able to show now is that the bacteria can actually influence your food choices by making you crave sugary foods they can thrive on (source: new study publication in the journal BioEssays).

So how do the gut microbes cause you to overeat?

  1. They make toxins and use your nervous system to lower your mood. This then triggers you to eat something to make yourself feel better, and the circle of overeating begins.
  2. They affect your taste receptors so the feedback you’re getting from eating a certain food is skewed – it might signal you the food isn’t sweet enough, so you add more sweetener.
  3. To make matters worse they can even release “feel good” neurotransmitters to reward you when you dig into high carb foods, which then increases the number of bacteria that are manipulating your eating behaviour in this way.

So you end up craving more sweets, eating more carbs, feeling bloated and irritable — and still craving more!

8 Steps to Break the Vicious Circle:

Key to breaking this vicious circle is to slowly outnumber the greedy bacteria with beneficial microorganisms that actually make you want to eat wholesome foods.

  • Cut down on sweet foods. No sugar. Very little sugar alternatives.
  • Swap fruit juices for a green smoothie or a glass of mineral water with a slice of lemon.
  • Half your bread intake. Literally eat at least one slice of bread less per day.
  • Avoid refined flours, refined pasta and white rice – eat whole grains instead.
  • Cut down on starchy foods – use sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots and beet root only sparingly.
  • Add protein to your meals to keep you full for longer (fish, eggs, beans, meat, chia seeds)
  • Take some strong reputable probiotics and eat more fermented foods to repopulate your gut with the good guys.

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