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Saturday, 20 August 2011

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Artikel dibawah bukan cravings seperti kita asik teringat nak makan apa bila buka sebab lapar, tapi teringin yang lain. Artikel diambil dari dma1l dgn terima kasih.
Ditulis oleh ::Anna Hodgekiss:: with thanks

::After the woman addicted to lettuce found how she had cancer... what your food cravings say about your health::

Cheese on toast, a square of dark chocolate, or a spicy tikka masala — we all get cravings for particular foods.

But while these are often to do with your mood at that moment, a long-term craving could be more significant.

The Mail this week reported the story of 59-year-old Elsie Campbell, whose breast cancer was detected after she developed an unusual appetite for salad.

The mother-of-two was eating four lettuces a day, prompting her husband Jim, a research scientist, to investigate.

He worked out that lettuce contains a natural chemical called sulforaphane, which can attack cancer cells and which breast cancer sufferers often lack.

He correctly guessed his wife’s addiction meant she was suffering from the disease. Jim has since set up question, providing information about other odd symptoms.

So, what could your craving be trying to tell you?

A craving for Marmite could mean you are suffering from heart arrhythmia or atrial fibrillation


Possible ailment: Heart arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation

Marmite is rich in B-vitamins, which are essential for breaking down carbohydrates for energy. B-vitamins also maintain nerves, skin and brain.

There are eight different types of B-vitamin and a deficiency of any one of them can result in a range of conditions, including heart palpitations, arrhythmia or fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat), chronic fatigue, irritability and poor concentration.

So love it or loathe it, a craving for Marmite could be your body’s way of trying to make up for a deficiency.


Possible ailment: Thyroid or adrenal gland problems

Shona Wilkinson, head nutritionist at The Nutri Centre, London, says: ‘Severe stress affects the adrenal glands.

‘If someone is very stressed, they stop producing the correct amounts of hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and aldosterone. This can disrupt the salt balance in the body and explains why some people have salt cravings.’

It might also mean you have an iodine deficiency. This is linked to thyroid problems, says Jeannette Jackson, a nutritional biochemist.

An underactive thyroid can cause lethargy, constipation, weight gain and depression, while an overactive thyroid can cause weight loss, anxiety and irregular periods.

Cravings for ice could point to possible anaemia


Possible ailment: Anaemia

A craving for ice may be linked to anaemia, which is when the body lacks red blood cells because it does not have enough iron to produce them.

The main symptom is a lack of energy. According to scientists at the Mayo Clinic in America, people crave ice as a way of numbing the tongue pain and inflammation that can be caused by anaemia.

Research has found ice tastes good to some people who are iron deficient, although why is not clear.


Possible ailment: Calcium deficiency

Dying for a can of something fizzy? There could be an unexpected reason. It may be due to craving calcium, says Shona Wilkinson.

‘Fizzy drinks leach calcium from the bones, so if the body needs calcium quickly, a fizzy drink is a quick way to get some released into the body.

‘This is very detrimental for bone health, however, so it’s much better to get your calcium from dark green leafy vegetables or low-fat dairy products.’


Possible ailment: Parkinson's, zinc deficiency

Zinc is important for your skin, as it promotes healing. It has also been linked to our sense of taste.

When zinc was given to rats deficient in the mineral, it increased the number of taste buds on the tongue.

So it’s thought that if you’re craving strong flavours such as curry, you may be deficient in zinc and as a result not have a good supply of fully functioning tastebuds.

Possible ailments for the apparent addiction to curry include Parkinson's and zinc deficiency

Low zinc has also been linked to conditions including Parkinson’s. According to scientists at the National Institute of Health and Science on Ageing in Italy, this is because Parkinson’s disease has been linked to oxidative stress — damage to the body’s cells from the toxins found in everyday life.

Zinc is thought to protect against this damage, and so a lack of it may hamper the cells’ ability to deal with these poisons. Smoking has also been shown to deplete zinc, which may be why some smokers also crave intensely flavoured foods.


Possible ailment: depression

People who cut back on carbs are susceptible to mood swings, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston.

High-protein diets can lower levels of the feelgood hormone serotonin, but carbs raise them, helping you feel happy and combating low mood.

A desire to eat soil could point to low minerals in pregnancy or coeliac disease


Possible ailment: Low minerals in pregnancy, Coeliac disease

A craving for soil or clay is part of a syndrome called pica, sometimes seen in pregnant women, explains dietitian Nigel Denby, of

‘If a pregnant woman has pica, it suggests she may need more of the minerals found in her particular craving. Iron tends to be the most craved mineral at this time. Iron, copper, magnesium and zinc are all found in soil, for example,’ he says.

Other research published in the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition has linked pica to undiagnosed coeliac disease (a malfunctioning gut) in children and it has also been linked to poor diet and heavy periods.


Possible ailment: Depression, stress, premenstrual tension

So why do you crave the sweet stuff when you’re working on a deadline or feeling down in the dumps?

Well, compounds found in chocolate called alkaloids may help to raise the levels of serotonin — the mood-boosting hormone.

Chocolate is also a source of magnesium and B-vitamins, which are used by the body in energy production, meaning it can help give us energy when we’re under pressure.

Chocolate can point to problems of depression, stress or premenstrual tension

A small Swiss study in the Journal of Proteome Research found eating 40g of dark chocolate every day for two weeks reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol in people who’d been battling with pressures.

Craving chocolate may also be a sign of premenstrual tension. Some women also find themselves lacking in magnesium at this time, and chocolate is high in the mineral, says Shona Wilkinson.

Magnesium is vital for everything from your nerves to your bones and immune system.::::

Badan secara semula jadi menghantar otak..Badan kita tahu apa yang baik untuk tubuh kita. Tapi kenalah fikir bezakan dengan yang tekak macam tekak ular tu lain cerita..

saudara pada dm sakit masih di hospital, semoga dia cepat sembuh.. doa kan lah ya..

selamat berbuka semua dan berterawih..