Chocolate cravings. We all get them from time-to-time, and just about all of us give in, quickly and quite willingly.
But what could they really mean for your body and the nutrients you may be lacking? As Salome Torres, a raw nutritonist, health coach and co-author of the books ‘Raw Chocolate Revolution’ and ‘Raw Vegan Radiance’ (both written with me), puts it, a lack of magnesium could be the biggest culprit.
“Chocolate cravings can have different meanings; one of them is that your body needs magnesium!” she said in her most recent blog post. “Magnesium is good for o ur heart and helps our muscles relax. Most people have a magnesium deficiency, so make sure to add magnesium to your diet.”
Some of the best sources of magnesium are dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds, and even Epsom Salt baths. There are also plenty of magnesium supplements that work wonders if you’re in a pinch and need something to help you relax at work or in a tense moment.
Raw chocolate is also an excellent way to get more magnesium into your diet, and these truffles make for a quick and delicious raw and healthy dessert to help boost your magnesium levels!
As Salome noted in her blog post, chocolate can also add to a healthy body and brain chemistry.
“Another reason why we crave chocolate is because we need love; chocolate is metabolized to serotonin, a hormone that boosts our mood; in those cases it might (also be good) to go for a walk, water your plants, spend time with a friend.”
And of course, if you have the opportunity to do all of those things while eating chocolate, you’ll be even better off!
This article first appeared on Nick’s health site AltHealthWORKS. To read all of it and a see a video for a delicious raw chocolate truffle recipe, you can click here.