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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Connection Between Food Cravings and Serotonin
Are you struggling with food cravings around the holidays? Know that you are not alone and this is a very common occurrence. Imbalances in your neurotransmitter levels (such as serotonin) can contribute to food cravings.
One of the medical theories behind food cravings is a low serotonin level. Low serotonin may lead to irritability, anxiousness, fatigue and low mood. (Does this sound like a common time for you to crave those holiday cookies?)
The theory goes that inflammatory foods (such as sugar) can cause your digestive tract to release serotonin. Imagine feeling tired and anxious at work due to low serotonin. You grab one of those cookies on the counter. Serotonin gets released, and for a short period you feel better. In essence, food cravings can be a way of self-medicating for low serotonin levels.
If you struggle with food cravings and corresponding weight gain, the good news is that we can test and balance serotonin levels using natural supplements. Of course, it is also a good idea to pair this with mindful eating practices to shift the habit. If you need further support, please feel free to contact my office for a consult.