Craving sweets is a big problem for me and it’s a part of having fibromyalgia.
Adelle Davis in “Let’s Have Healthy Children” states (p. 278): “Allergies occur when the diet fails to supply the nutrients needed to prevent the adrenals from becoming so exhausted that cortisone can no longer be produced.
Simultaneously, the synthesis of other adrenal hormones decreases or ceases, which causes the blood sugar to drop below normal, resulting in fatigue, irritability, nervousness and craving for sweets…
Healthy adrenal glands produce still another hormone, aldosterone, which prevents too much sodium from being lost in the urine.
When these glands are exhausted, however, so much sodium is lost that abnormal amounts of water pass into the cells, causing them to swell and become inflamed; thus such symptoms as a stuffy nose, postnasal drip, watery eyes and swollen tissues are characteristic of allergies.”
One thing I notice with fibromyalgia is that my sweat is not salty. So I’m not making enough aldosterone. I do have stuffy nose and postnasal drip. I’ve had that my whole life. I also have fatigue, irritability, nervousness and craving for sweets.
Don’t I just sound charming?! If we ever meet, just don’t stand between me and candy, okay? 😉
So the bottom line here is I need stronger adrenals. How do I strengthen them? The same way I helped my son- look for my post, “How to Avoid a Tonsilectomy”, which has the recipe for Adelle’s Adrenal Recharge.
I’ve been taking a teaspoon per hour to be cautious, since my GI tract is very sensitive to Vitamin C owing to the IBS. One teaspoon is the equivalent of 500 mg of Vitamin C. If you try this, be cautious, as even healthy GI tracts can get diarrhea from Vitamin C if it’s more than you’re used to at one time. Once I get more accustomed to taking that amount of Vitamin C, I’ll up it to 2 teaspoons (1000mg) per hour.
Why make such a big deal about reducing my cravings for sweets? Well, I wouldn't mind losing a few pounds, And besides that, the kind of beneficial gut flora we are designed for doesn’t eat sugar. The more sugar we eat, the more we shift the balance of flora into the kinds of bacteria that send toxins to our brain.
I know that for some folks, this is going to sound way too out there to be believed, but just realize I started out a big skeptic and I have been humbled. The only thing that seems to help me feel better is the advice of the alternative medicine crowd…