If you’re blaming yourself for uncontrollable eating and craving foods you know aren’t good for you, here is another important aspect; this is triggered physically by your gut and/or emotionally in your 3rd chakra, called the solar plexus which is located in the stomach area. Food choices are connected with many things, and more complex […] The post Digestion and its Connection to Food Addictions appeared first on Root Cause Health Solutions.
If you’re blaming yourself for uncontrollable eating and craving foods you know aren’t good for you, here is another important aspect; this is triggered physically by your gut and/or emotionally in your 3rd chakra, called the solar plexus which is located in the stomach area. Food choices are connected with many things, and more complex than going on a calorie counting diet. For example:
- Certain bacteria in the gut are related to craving specific foods. The article, “Do Gut Microbes Control Your Food Cravings?”, explained those who crave chocolate have a different gut bacteria breakdown from those who don’t crave chocolate. This supports the concept of bio-individuality
- The gut makes important neurotransmitters, approx. 90% serotonin and 50% dopamine. These neurotransmitters impact how we feel. If one is feeling sadness, which triggers carbohydrate cravings to raise serotonin, it may be because the gut bacteria is imbalanced and neurotransmitters need support
Food addictions attempt to fulfill something that’s missing. This can be missing in the physical body, emotional energy and even from a lack of connection to something deeper, such as life purpose.
- On the physical side, the gut is most likely missing a diversity of bacteria which leads to carbohydrate, sugar and dairy cravings
- On the emotional side or energy side in the 3rd chakra, cravings are a symptom of an emptiness, disconnection or uncertainty with career or relationships, honoring self or feeling overwhelmed with responsibility
Food cravings or food addictions tend to be an early sign that gets noticed. I’ve struggled with balancing my blood sugar, but I noticed my ability to choose healthy foods over my food cravings was getting more difficult. It was very frustrating. I felt trapped by food choices which then turned into guilt. Ultimately, I ended with a few autoimmune’s, all triggered by gut health. At first, I blamed those initial signs on my lack of will-power, which wasnt the case.
In our society, cravings and food addiction are labeled as a lack of self-control. There is a difference between habits, i.e. stopping for fast food on the way to work, versus having a physiological and emotional root cause issue to resolve.
Where to start:
- Listen to your body, and pay attention to the signs and symptoms
- Have your gut bacteria tested. Tests by Genova Diagnostics or similar are used by many practitioners
- Take probiotics that have diverse strains, and include probiotic foods such as fermented sauerkraut, kimchi and coconut kefir
- Address the common food irritants for the gut, i.e. sugars, processed carbs/gluten and for some, dairy (particularly cheese and frozen yogurt) is also a challenge
- Connect deeper with 3rd chakra emotions through journaling, meditation or energy work
There is much information on what causes cravings and food addiction, the important piece is addressing them. Our bodies aren’t sugar deficient, so addressing the root cause is needed. Our bodies are typically nutrient, gut health and life fulfillment deficient!The post Digestion and its Connection to Food Addictions appeared first on Root Cause Health Solutions.