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Unnatural Sugar Cravings? Here’s The REAL Reason Why (PERIMENOPAUSE & SUGAR CRAVINGS)

June 19, 2022

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Has your sweet tooth been acting up lately? Are you finding it increasingly hard to resist sugary snacks? If so, there’s a good chance that your sugar cravings are being caused by something happening in your body, brought about by perimenopause. Don’t worry, though – there are ways to deal with them. In this post, we’ll discuss the link between perimenopause and sugar cravings, as well as some tips on how to overcome them.

Sugar cravings seem to happen more during some parts of the month if you are still getting your regular monthly cycle. But these cravings are there all the time and they just seem to be getting worse by the year. Many women just don’t know what to do about it. Some of them find that when they have these sugar cravings and they’re giving in easily, they are also noticing negative changes in their body.

Most women notice that, in particular, they’re gaining more weight around the waistline. A lot of women report that they feel like they’re having that spare tire feel around the belly and it just doesn’t feel good. It will feel too tight when they button up their pants or glam up with a belt.

We all want to feel more vital and more like we’re at our optimal weight and self. But the problem is that we don’t know how to get rid of these sugar cravings. Most of us have tried so many things and nothing seems to work. You know how it is when we buy something that has just the slightest sweet in it at the grocery, ending up being devoured in one sitting. It can be easy to feel like we just don’t have control on top of not knowing why it’s happening.

Accelerated by Fermentation

Our hormones are changing and shifting as we head into that transition into menopause. As we get into our late thirties to early forties this change and shift seem to accelerate more. One thing that causes this is a change in our digestion. Part of this is due to our sex hormones lowering and changing in this period.

Unfortunately, as we get older, our digestion slows down a bit. What can happen is that foods are more likely to stay in our intestines for a longer time. This is happening even if you feel like you’re eating the same way, and have a similar diet and lifestyle. 

The food that stays in the guts for longer can start to ferment. If food ferments in the intestines, it will start to form yeast. Yeast is something that needs to be fed. It’s an unfavorable bacteria in our gut that when it forms, makes us crave sugar. 

It’s not that you’re necessarily lacking willpower. It’s not your fault that you’re craving sugar. It could be because of a change in your hormones and digestion patterns that are happening as you get closer to menopause.

The question is, “what do you do about it?”

If you notice that you’re having these changes, you probably want to do something about it. But then you’ve tried and nothing seems to work.

Depriving or starving yourself is harsh. Do not go into calorically restrictive diets, trying to be sugar-free, or low in carbohydratesI’m not suggesting that you eat a lot of carbohydrates and sugar, because that’s not good for our health, no matter where we’re at in our life. It’s alright to have a little bit here and there. We don’t necessarily have to deprive ourselves that much if we can understand what’s going on in our bodies. 

Many women in this age group have bacterial overgrowth and imbalance. This is revealed by lab tests being done to find out why people have these symptoms. We often find that very commonly, it is candida or yeast. We need to treat this imbalance and good things, there are ways to do this naturally.

Get the balance back naturally

Suffering from uncontrolled sugar cravings is so common in women who deal with digestive issues. They suffer from mental and emotional imbalances that go along with it. These cravings can also cause a rapid change in mood. You’ll feel good for a short time and then you’ll crash and you’ll feel more irritable. It is somehow similar to being on a yo-yo ride of euphoria to being low and depressed.

For sure if we’re thinking ahead, not just now with these symptoms that we’re feeling, we understand that this can lead to conditions and the development of diseases in the long run. Conditions such as diabetes, and cardiovascular conditions are just right around the corner.

Let’s be honest: sugar is delicious, and sometimes it can be hard to resist those cravings. However, there are a few things you can do to get rid of those sugar cravings for good. Foods, lifestyle, and supplement support can help you get the balance back. This is possible even as your hormones are fluctuating and changing. That alone can help to drastically reduce the cravings for sugar that you’re getting. If you get rid of the bad bacteria in your gut, you will not crave chocolate or cookies as much.

It’s not all about willpower. It’s not all about fad diets and cutting everything out completely. Often, it is about just learning what’s going on with the balance or imbalances in your body. This requires proper lab testing. 

If you’re like most women, your sugar cravings are out of control. You may have even been told it’s just a phase you have to go through, or that you’re addicted to sugar. The truth is, there is a very real reason why your sweet tooth has taken over and it has nothing to do with addiction or bad willpower. It’s because the yeast in your gut is fermenting faster than ever before due to perimenopause.

Don’t worry though – we can help you get the balance back naturally. I know that it is so important for us women to connect, especially as we get into this age category. I look forward to being able to potentially connect with you. Schedule for a free discovery call today and let us show you how functional medicine can help end your sugar cravings for good!

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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional

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