If you have a piece of chocolate once or twice a year, you can probably ignore this post.
However, if you crave chocolate, would almost be willing to kill for chocolate, chocolate is an coveted part of your diet, and if you suffer from chronic fatigue, then you need to read this.
A craving for chocolate can sometimes actually be your body’s craving for magnesium, since chocolate contains large amounts of magnesium.This is especially true for you if you crave chocolate before you menstruate or if you have PMS.
Magnesium helps mediate the symptoms of PMS because it is intimately involved in the manufacture of progesterone. A lack of magnesium can lead to inadequate progesterone levels, producing the PMS symptoms. In the body’s wisdom, it craves chocolate because chocolate is rich in magnesium.
The unfortunate aspect, however, is that chocolate is also high in caffeine and a caffeine-like substance, called theobromine, that over stimulate the adrenals leading to further adrenal fatigue for people already struggling with these issues.
Much of the fine balancing of the sex hormones is accomplished by the adrenals, and the increase in adrenal fatigue leads to increased PMS. So chocolate ends up increasing PMS even though it contains magnesium.
What To Do When You Crave Chocolate
Therefore, it is much better to use your craving for chocolate as a reminder to get your magnesium from some other source. The easiest solution is to supplement your diet with 400mg of magnesium per day. However, this should only be a short-term solution while you work on restoring proper function of the body. If you are not sure what kind of magnesium to take, please talk to a qualified professional who can recommend the best kind for your current state of health. I can help you with this as well.
The body has a very precise balance between calcium and magnesium and if we are offsetting that balance by taking supplements we might end up losing calcium from our bones.
For mild cases of PMS taking magnesium from 12th to 14th day from the first day of your cycle, until the next cycle starts should help out a lot.
The physical craving for chocolate should decrease rapidly, often within one to 2 weeks after beginning the magnesium supplement, and should disappear or remain negligible as long as the amount of magnesium intake remains adequate.
Of course the best Holistic and natural approach is to dive deep into what is causing your strong craving for chocolate, and intense PMS or menstrual pain, and work on restoring proper functioning of your body. Adding magnesium rich foods can help as well.
Include more magnesium rich foods in your diet like the ones below:
FOODS HIGH IN MAGNESIUM:
- whole wheat,
- dark leafy greens,
- pumpkin seeds,