Do you crave carbohydrates-- cookies, candy, ice cream, macaroni and cheese with mashed potatoes?
Do you think it's possible that you may be depressed?
Besides the usual signs of sadness and hopelessness, craving carbohydrates can be a very big sign that you are experiencing depression and that you probably aren't releasing enough serotonin, a feel-good hormone that regulates your mood, appetite, sleep, memory and learning, temperature and your moods.
Serotonin is what gives you that "satisfied" feeling from food.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is formed from tryptophan and is stored primarily within the gastro-intestinal tract, the platelets, and the central nervous system. When you are stressed out, transmission of serotonin is decreased, which directly affects your emotional state, causing you to feel blue. When you feel blue, the brain will call for the release of serotonin.
Carbohydrates will cause the brain to release serotonin, temporarily elevating your mood and making you feel better, emotionally. Unfortunately, this pleasant feeling doesn't last long because your sugar levels will drop like a rock from the overconsumption of carbohydrates, and when it does, your level of serotonin also falls off the cliff.
This begins the perpetual cycle of craving carbohydrates.
If you are craving high fat, high sugar foods, you're probably low on serotonin and could be experiencing depression.
A safe and natural way to release serotonin and take away carbohydrate cravings, is to change the dominant brainwave frequency in the brain. Research has shown that when the alpha brainwave frequency is stimulated in the brain, serotonin is released, promoting a sense of well-being and balance, chemically and hormonally.
Isochronic tones are a form of brainwave entrainment that uses equal intensity tones that pulse on and off at different speeds, causing the brain to synchronize to the speeds of the tones, and, depending on the pattern, can help to achieve many different altered states of mind. There has been much research indicating that isochronic tones are especially effective at relieving depression by stimulating the release of serotonin in the brain.
Signs You Have A Carbohydrate Addiction
• Craving something high in sugar, high in fat, when you are emotional, whether good or bad.
• Craving carbohydrates when you have to face something unpleasant.
• Use food to self-medicate because it makes you feel better in the moment.
• Eating at night-- this is when carbohydrate addiction is at its strongest.
• You go to great lengths (like drive in a blizzard to get fries and gravy) for a carbohydrate-rich food.
• You don't eat breakfast and then eat lots of carbohydrates as the day goes on.
The universal carbohydrate craving times are between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. and, after consuming some, makes you feel better in about twenty minutes. This is a standard with all of us, whether we are depressed, craving, or not.
Signs that you may have a food addiction that are linked to depression, and that you need to do something about it is, if your mood stays low and the carbohydrates aren't helping anymore.
Increasing serotonin in your body will help substantially with depression and cravings... and your waist line.
An easy way to change your brainwave frequency from the stressed out beta wave to the relaxation wave of alpha is through the use of an isochronic tone recording targeted specifically for food addition. Brainwave entrainment is a clinically proven technology that introduces specific sound pulses to the brain with the intention of altering its state of consciousness. When the brain hears this external pulse, it mimics the stimulus, and changes its frequency to match.
What used to take years of dedicated practice, can now be achieved with brainwave entrainment, over a much shorter period of time. When inducing an alpha state, which releases serotonin, results can be felt immediately, and with repeated use, will become a natural default for your consciousness. New neural pathways will form and the old "programming" in your brain will atrophy from lack of use.
If you'd like to try something that doesn't require taking medication, changing your brainwaves to release serotonin, could stop your cravings in their tracks.
Raising serotonin levels equals a sense of well-being and happiness, and a lower BMI.