1. Stress: Cortisol is a very powerful anti-inflammatory adrenal hormone.
When your body runs out of cortisol, perhaps because you have adrenal stress, or you are burned out, you start developing all sorts of inflammatory conditions. You can even develop an auto-immune condition. If you have high levels of cortisol from stress, the receptors on your cells become resistant to cortisol, leading to cortisol resistance. Effectively you have both high and low levels of cortisol at once.
2. Insulin. Insulin is also an anti-inflammatory hormone. When your insulin level goes high because you are eating too much sugar, you develop something called insulin resistance. There is too much insulin, so your body protects itself by decreasing the number of the insulin receptors on your cells, your body becomes resistant to the insulin, and you develop inflammation.
Insulin is the only hormone that lowers blood sugar. Many people have high blood sugar and inflammation because their insulin can no longer work, or because their pancreas is burned out.
3. Sugar. Consuming sugar (glucose) causes inflammation because glucose by itself is highly inflammatory. Stiffness, inflammation and pain can be the result of you consuming a lot of carbs and eating frequently.
4. Body fat. Excess fat on your body produces substances that can cause insulin resistance.
There are three reasons why cravings are driving you to eat.
1. Insulin resistance:
Consuming a high carb diet raises insulin and keeps your blood sugars low, so you keep craving carbs. In this situation, you will eventually develop insulin resistance. Your cells will be hungry and craving carbs all day long.
2. Low Fats:
Fats are necessary to allow you to be satisfied, especially when you’re doing intermittent fasting.
3. Low micronutrients:
Micronutrients are incredibly important, especially when it comes to getting rid of cravings and hunger.