What it means: Chocolate is rich in magnesium, so strong cravings could mean a deficiency in a mineral that is vital for your skin & hair.
Levels of magnesium drop in the 2nd half of the menstrual cycle, which suggests a link to PMS.
Drinking too much alcohol, tea, coffee & fizzy drinks can also deplete magnesium.
Try: If it must be chocolate, choose one with at least 75% cocoa, as this will contains more magnesium & less sugar. You are likely to eat a lot less of it too.
Also high in magnesium: Nuts (particularly brazil), leafy green veg, brown rice, wholemeal bread & pumpkin seeds.
What it means: You could be deficient in Chronium. This mineral works with insulin to facilitate the uptake of glucose from the blood into the cells. Studies show that chromium can help level out blood sugar levels in diabetics.
Try: Foods high in Chronium are liver, kidney, beef, chicken, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, asparagus, wholegrains & eggs.
Reaching for the sweets will make you feel worst.
What it means: You could be deficient in the amino acid tryptophan. We need this to aid the mood regulating brain chemical serotonin. A lack of it could lead to mood swings, anxiety & sleeping problems.
Try: Upping your protein, which will improve your mood & help curb the carb cravings. Good sources are turkey, milk, eggs, cashews, walnuts, cottage cheese & bananas.
What it means: You could be lacking calcium. Calcium is one of the most important minerals for the body. Not only does it keep our bones & teeth healthy, it also plays a vital role in nerve & muscle function.
Try: Low fat cheese, milk, yoghurt, tinned salmon & sardines, broccoli, & almonds. (Your body needs Vit D from the sun to absorb calcium.)
What it means: Your body may be low in iron or zinc. Zinc deficiency will effect your immune system, making you more susceptible to colds & flu.
Zinc is also vital for healthy skin, hair & nails.
Try: Red meat is the best source or shellfish, lentils, spinach, pumpkin seeds, low fat cheese & wholemeal bread.
What it means: It could mean you are anaemic.
Try: Foods high in protein. Seeing your GP is advisable.
Check out Natasha’s website for classes in South London: http://www.fitnesswithnatasha.co.uk