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iVillage.com: Beat Your Worst Food Cravings

If You Crave: Salty Snacks

The Likely Culprit: Adrenal Burnout
Your adrenal glands store a lot of salt -- and they need this nutrient to produce energizing adrenaline and noradrenaline, plus the stress hormone cortisol. “But when you’re super-busy and under a ton of pressure, your adrenals can get burned out trying to produce all of that cortisol,” says Dr. Teitelbaum. “Their salt stores become drained and hormone output dips, leading to stubborn salt cravings, plus that awful drained and draggy feeling.”

Rx: Forget about food fixes and look for ways to relax and unwind every day, suggest researchers at Houston’s Baylor College of Medicine. Their studies show taking 20 minutes daily to meditate, stretch, practice deep breathing, soak in a tub or get a little exercise is often all it takes to cut your adrenal glands’ cortisol output by 25 percent--allowing it to restock its salt stores, and cut cravings, in as little as two weeks.

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