I’m Craving Sunflower Seeds!
One of the questions we receive most often at Love, Home and Health is, “What does it mean if I’m craving sunflower seeds?”
We talked about cravings in “If You Crave This – Your Body is Lacking This“,
but we want to specifically respond to the craving of Sunflower seeds because evidently a LOT of people are dealing with this…
Why am I Craving Sunflower Seeds?
Often craving Sunflower Seeds indicates a Tryptophan deficiency. Tryptophan is one of the 20 essential amino acids that our bodies need to operate properly.
Tryptophan helps our bodies to produce vitamin B3 (niacin). It helps our brain to produce serotonin which is partially responsible for normal sleep.
A deficiency of either or both of those things can also cause problems with our nervous system, anxiety, depression.
So you can see why it’s so important that we give our bodies the nutrients it needs.
Our Bodies Are Stuffed But Starving
Our bodies can’t tell us “Hey, I’m low on Niacin and Serotonin – so we’d better find a filling station down the road before too long or we’re going to be in trouble.”
So the body sends out signals to let us know what it’s needing. It’s up to us to supply those needs. Our body really does tell us when it’s lacking one or more nutrients. It just cannot run properly without the nutrients it needs.
When our body’s Tryptophan resources start to “peter out”, several symptoms can come on right away – such as dermatitis, diarrhea, dementia and digestion problems.
Foods High in Tryptophan
Other high Tryptophan foods include nuts, seeds, tofu, cheese, red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, oats, beans, lentils, and eggs.
If you crave Sunflower seeds, as so many seem to do – you will notice that when you take that first handful and chew them up and swallow them – you will feel a kind of instant relief.
Like when you’re working outside and you get so thirsty and you finally get a drink of ice cold water.
That’s how fast – supplying some of these deficiencies work.
Be sure to get low sodium Sunflower Seeds – they’re much better for you.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time … you are loved!