Who doesn’t have food cravings? We often think about cravings, like sugar cravings, as a psychological phenomena. An itch you can’t scratch. But beating them isn’t as easy as practicing self-discipline. Although that is an important aspect, regular, non-invasive NAET treatments can help you get rid of sugar cravings for good. The cravings you’re experiencing may not just be psychological; they can come from physiological issues as well.
Desiring food as comfort can in itself be a symptom of food sensitivities or intolerance. A food intolerance or sensitivity is an immune response to either immunoglobulin G (IgG) or immunoglobulin A (IgA). Reactions to food could be delayed up to 48 hours after ingesting the food, which makes identifying the issue a challenge.
Regular stomach discomfort is caused by an inability to digest or metabolize a food completely. Symptoms may include gas, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea.
Oddly enough, having an intolerance to a food may make you crave that food. Having a mild immune reaction to foods may act like an endorphin (e.g., runner’s high) in our bodies.
Once this “runner’s high” has passed there is an immediate sense of lack, which increases the craving for that food. It may be difficult to determine what is causing the sugar cravings as reactions are often delayed.
NAET for Food Intolerance or Sensitivity
One of my favorite treatments is NAET. NAET is a gentle treatment that I use every day for children and adults alike. I use it frequently in my practice because it works.
Based on the ancient Chinese principals used for acupuncture and current theories of physics called interference, NAET uses acupressure to stimulate points on the body, called gate points. It is a very effective treatment for food sensitivities as well as environmental allergies.
A NAET treatment is 30 minutes. While holding a sample of the substance that is believed to be causing the reaction, gate points are stimulated on the hands, elbows, feet and ankles. This allows the body to ‘get used to’ the substance that had previously been labeled as a threat. Very young children (babies and toddlers) and people with immediate allergies use a surrogate to hold the substance.
After the treatment, avoid the substance for 24 hours. This allows time for the allergen to clear the energetic pathways. After that, children experience symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea much less frequently.
Beating Sugar Cravings via NAET treatment includes:
- Sugar – by including this vial we lower the immune response to sugar thereby helping the cravings
- Ghrelin – This hormone is produced in the gut and is known as the hunger hormone. It acts on the hypothalamus
- Hypothalamus – Small region of the brain which is crucial for appetite control and releasing hormones
If you struggle with food cravings, consider NAET as a tool to find relief from food sensitivities and intolerances.
Dr. Melanie MacLaren
Dr. Melanie MacLaren is a naturopathic doctor and registered yoga teacher who is passionate about natural health and the individualized needs of each of her clients.
Call 317-818-1800 to learn more about Dr. Melanie or request an appointment.