Gut Health and Cravings
I have a story for you that might sound like science fiction. It has to do with the trillions of bacteria living inside of you right this very minute! (Seriously, they are in there!)
Not only are there trillions of them, but there are hundreds of different kinds of them.
Here’s the thing about the bacteria....(much like humans)...Some of them are more helpful than others, and some of them have specific jobs that help keep you healthy, happy, and energized.
All those different types of bacteria feed on different kinds of food. Some might like more fat, some like sugary foods, you get the idea!
They get their food from the food that you eat.
And research is showing those bacteria might actually be telling you what to eat! This definitely is freaky, am I right?
Scientists at the University of California in San Francisco have found evidence of this.
They still don’t know exactly which bacteria craves which kind of food, but they do say that what you eat can influence how much of a certain kind of bacteria you have in your body.
So, if you eat a lot of junk food, you will probably have more bacteria that crave junk food.
Which also means …If you eat less junk food, you probably will have less bacteria that crave junk food. Pretty cool, right?
Easier said than done when it comes to saying no to junk food, I get it!
First, you can set yourself up to feel full and satisfied, by eating a healthy, balanced diet all day, with protein and healthy fats, plus drink plenty of water. That way you won’t actually feel hungry when the craving hits.
Then, make a plan for what you will do if you get a craving! Most cravings go away after a few minutes.
You could plan to go for a walk, distract yourself with another activity, or just ride it out, or go to bed early.
After a few days, the gut bacteria that are driving those cravings might back off a bit, and with it, also their cravings.