When the afternoon rolls around in the office, many individuals find themselves craving a bag of chips or lots of candy and chocolate. When grocery shopping on an empty stomach, many make the mistake of walking down the chip and chocolate aisles when they are at their weakest to resist temptation. The desire for certain foods is all too common—everyone has them occasionally, though some do get them more than others. But do you know why our bodies crave sugar and salt? Or how to overcome them without overindulging? It’s time to pull the curtain back and learn about the surprising ways to fight sugar and salt cravings, tied into what causes them in the first place.
Drink Lots Of Water
One of the most popular reasons behind a craving for something salty like chips, instant noodles, or salted nuts, is dehydration. Ironically, too much salt can often cause dehydration, particularly if you do not drink lots of water and other hydrating beverages, such as sports drinks. Thus, one of the first things to try to fight back against a craving for something salty is to grab a glass and head to the tap. Drink a glass or two of water, not too quickly of course, and you might be surprised at how the craving for salt disappears. Make sure to keep drinking water, herbal tea, or similar beverages throughout the day to avoid becoming dehydrated again. The craving may return, but this time you will know it’s not because of dehydration.
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