Sugar cravings have been described as harder to quit than heroin. Are you stuck in a vicious cycle of constant fatigue, reaching for another coffee or carb-laden mid-afternoon snack, just to help you to get through the rest of the day? Your blood sugars are likely to be all out of whack and your energy levels will spike and plummet on a regular basis.
The body reacts to a high-carb diet by increasing the amount of insulin it secretes. Too much insulin then causes low blood sugar, which is that “crash” in energy, after the initial spike.
At Seapoint Acupuncture, we see a lot of patients who complain of constant tiredness, lack of energy, irritability, poor concentration, anxiety, headaches, or the shakes. Blood sugar imbalances can cause significant damage to the body over the long term, potentially leading to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.
The Spleen and Digestion
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) emphasises the importance of nutrition as a foundation of health. The Spleen in TCM represents digestion, and is said to transform food and drink into energy or Qi. In TCM, a specific flavour is associated with each organ – the Spleen is linked to sweet flavours. A small amount of sweet foods help to balance the Spleen, but if eaten in excess, this same flavour will weaken it, and ultimately create even stronger sugar cravings, setting in motion that vicious cycle we know so well.
If you’re craving sugar, it’s a sure sign your Spleen is stressed. Your licensed acupuncturist will develop a treatment plan to help to balance your blood sugars, rev up your energy levels, clear your head and get you in the right frame of mind to fight those sugar cravings over the long run.
Look after your Spleen
In TCM, the Spleen likes warming nourishing foods, like soups and stews, particularly in colder weather. Avoid colder foods like ice-cream and salads, and limit your intake of bananas and orange juice, which can create phlegm.
Below are some other common symptoms of a Spleen imbalance.
We can help!
Don’t struggle with your sugar cravings – let us help you to balance your blood sugars, boost your motivation and get into a healthier eating routine. Call us now for a no-obligation confidential discussion, at 087-984 0280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org