How Blood Sugar Levels Influence Food Cravings

Of course you know what a good diet is and what you are supposed to be eating. And then along comes one of the nasty cravings for your favorite excess-calorie food and just as sure as the sun follows darkness, your diet will now have to start tomorrow. How did this happen? Could it be that your willpower is just incredibly weak? Or is it a more sinister plot, one involving survival gone wrong? (more…)

Are Food Cravings and Excess Food Consumption a Sign of Brain Damage?

The problem with sliding down the slippery slope of slow and progressive weight gain over the years is that you may have a lot of trouble pulling yourself up and out of the hole. In fact, new science says you most likely caused brain damage by eating too much food. Such damage causes you to crave and eat what you know you shouldn’t. A variety of new studies shed light on the complex and fascinating subject of food cravings and your mind.

Around your body, insulin acts as a taxicab to transport sugar passengers to places that need them. A primary use of sugar is for fuel, like gas in your car.  Since your cells don’t go to a gas station, insulin takes the gas to them. What your cells don’t need, is transported by insulin to your liver and converted to a form of short-term fuel storage called glycogen. Glycogen can readily be converted back to glucose to sustain your blood sugar levels between meals and while you sleep. If you have more sugar than your liver needs, it is transported to your white adipose tissue to be stored as fat. If that system gets overloaded, fat builds up in all the wrong places such as your liver, pancreas, heart, arteries, and muscles – causing disease. (more…)