See what the number one thing is that causes food cravings and what you can start doing right now to start feeling more in control of your food habits.
Are you tired of food cravings?
Food cravings can feel uncontrollable. They can be discouraging, and straight up stink.
But what if you could get rid of your food cravings? What if the answer was somewhat unexpected?
Read on to see what the number one thing is that causes food cravings and what you can start doing right now to start feeling more in control of your food habits.
THE GUT MICROBIOME & FOOD CRAVINGS
We all have what is called a ‘gut microbiome’.
This is an ecosystem inside our small and large intestines and colon. It is made up of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa.
Sounds like a high school science class experiment, huh?
Contrary to popular belief, these bacteria, etc. aren’t all bad. Our gut has many beneficial bacteria, viruses, yeasts, fungi, and protozoa too. They are crucial to our absorption of nutrients, hormone production, energy production, and overall physical and mental well-being.
There are over 100 trillion bacterial cells in our gut alone. That’s not to mention the millions of species of yeasts, fungi, viruses, and protozoa.
All of these little critters have made a home inside of your gut. Whether you realize it or not, your gut populations are relying on YOU for their food and environment. You, for all intents and purposes, are their host.
If that’s not creepy, we don’t know what is!
THE GUT-BRAIN CONNECTION & FOOD CRAVINGS
There is a connection between your gut and brain called the Vagus Nerve. Through this connection, your gut and brain communicate.
Science has now shown that your gut truly is your ‘2nd brain’. It contains around 100 million neurons and over 100 trillion bacteria.
When your gut is out of balance, it can induce anxiety, depression, and many other no-fun kinds of mental conditions, not to mention a host of autoimmune and other chronic conditions.
Your gut health and gut bacteria heavily influence your food choices and cravings. Research shows that these little critters generate cravings through chemicals sent to your brain, encouraging you to eat specific foods that improve their survival, or put their competitors at a disadvantage.
Like a tiny intestinal war!
But that’s not all.
Gut microbes can even induce dysphoria to try to force you to eat the foods they want. In other words, they can release chemicals and hormones that cause you to feel anxious or depressed in order to motivate you to eat specific foods. (1)
They influence your taste receptors, and can literally alter the makeup of your taste buds, causing you to like and desire different foods.
Think about that next time you’re craving dessert.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT - HOW TO STOP FOOD CRAVINGS
So, what can you do about all this?
The answer is, a LOT.
It’s all about what you put into your mouth.
What you eat increases and decreases the population of different bacterial species. Those different bacterial species feed on different foods, and they send messages to your brain to eat more of those foods.
There is a two-way communication between your gut and brain. What you eat influences your gut, and your gut health influences what you eat.
So your gut bacteria definitely “control your brain”, in that they send chemicals and hormones that cause you to feel certain feelings and think certain thoughts.
But, they don’t have all the power!
FOODS THAT BUILD BENEFICIAL GOOD GUT BACTERIA
To overcome food cravings, you need to build up the good bacteria in your gut. Over time, this will change your taste buds and the foods you crave. To do this, you need to consume two types of food:
- Probiotic foods
- Prebiotic foods
Probiotic foods are foods that contain beneficial bacteria. These are fermented foods such as kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut, kvass, and sourdough bread made from starter. These foods introduce and build strains of good bacteria in your gut.
Prebiotic foods feed good gut bacteria, such as fruits and veggies. These foods are just as important as probiotic foods. Maybe even more important!
Prebiotic foods contain fiber and micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. We need a lot of the right kind of prebiotic foods if we want to overcome food cravings.
The best prebiotic foods out there are fruits and veggies.
But how can we get all that we need each day?
RUVI IS AN AWESOME PREBIOTIC
Ruvi gives you 4 servings of fruits and veggies in every pouch.
Fruits and veggies feed your good gut bacteria. This can lead to better hormone production, energy production, improved mood, and better fitness and performance.
Ruvi has fruits, veggies, and nothing else. No funny business.
- No added sugars
- No added sweeteners
- No artificial ingredients
- No fillers
- No GMOs
Ruvi is also gluten free, vegan, and contains all of the fiber; not like typical fruit juice from the grocery store.
Artificial sweeteners, added sugar, and preservatives have all been shown in studies to mess with the beneficial bacteria in our gut. These can upset our gut-brain connection and lead to symptoms of addiction (such as food cravings).
White sugar, in particular, processes through the body more quickly than is natural. This spikes insulin levels and leads to a response in the body of “feed me more!” Our body needs fiber and complex carbohydrates and nutrients to slow down digestion properly and lead to feelings of fullness.
Ruvi has all the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that your good gut bacteria need. It’s the real deal. Plus, it’s picked at peak ripeness, and freeze-dried.
Freeze-drying locks in nutrients, unlike produce at the grocery store that loses nutritional content the longer it sits on the shelf.
When you drink Ruvi, your good gut bacteria will increase, and you’ll find yourself craving more fruits and veggies, rather than the bad stuff you know you shouldn’t eat. This will lead to better mood, energy, and capacity to work and play.
Say bye, bye to food cravings with Ruvi!
You need a lot of fruits and veggies, and you need them everyday. Drink one Ruvi a day. You’ll be amazed at the difference.
Lisa and Rich Jelinek