When it comes to our sugar cravings, we get to be the detectives. Once we figure out what our triggers are, we can set ourselves up for success. Some people crave sugar because they have a bacterial imbalance in their guts, so changing their overall diets could be helpful.
A bacterial imbalance could be the result of many issues, but a common one is chronic antibiotic use. Antibiotics kill bad bacteria, but they also kill our good bacteria, making it easier for yeast to start growing in our guts. "In order to live, yeast organisms feed on sugar, which somehow can throw off your balance enough that you will crave even more sugar and carbs," Functional Medicine Physician Wendie Trubow wrote in the Huffington Post. "The more sugar you ingest, the more the yeast grows and the more sugar you then crave, creating an endless cycle."
So how can you tell if you have an imbalance going on? Trubow recommended starting with an easy test at home. Next time you're hungry and grab a snack, pay close attention to your cravings. "Eat something with real nutritional value that is minimally processed and still resembles the food it started as," Trubow wrote. "If, after eating, you're still craving carbs or sugar, it's possible that there is another issue at play."