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Success S alud CRAVING CURBERS The holidays are here, a time synonymous with comfort foods and indulgence. Here are a few natural supplement options to assist with eating in moderation while remaining jolly for the season. T E X T BY F R A N CE S C A C R UZ SUGAR, AWE HONEY HONEY L-Glutamine is an amino acid that aides in keeping blood sugar levels steady and assisting the body to curb sugar cravings. It also helps the brain create neurotransmitters that enable it to function properly. A healthy brain is less likely to send crave signals to the body for sugar-rich foods. Taking 500 mg of L-Glutamine 3-4 times a day, in either supplement form or powder form, prior to meals can help kick the need for dessert. Glutamine also acts as a source of fuel for the digestive system and helps in building lean muscle mass. PUT ON A HAPPY FACE L-Tryptophan is another amino acid that boosts serotonin levels in the body and plays an essential role in balancing mood and confidence. Carb cravings driven by feelings of anxiety or sadness can be significantly reduced by incorporating this supplement into your diet. Take 500-1500 mg per day and try not to exceed 3,000 mg per dose, paying careful attention to shifts in well-being while finding the correct dosage. It’s a good idea to check with your doctor first. GET WELL SOON Magnesium is involved in more than 300 enzymatic reactions inside us, yet it’s one of the most universally deficient minerals in the human body. It moderates blood glucose levels, prevents type-2 diabetes and reduces obesity. Do you find yourself wanting a second serving of that pumpkin pie or flan? If you’re eating daily sources of magnesium, your body will be able to deal with fructose better and you won’t get huge sugar highs and lows. Recommended intake of magnesium is 400-420 milligrams for men and 310-320 milligrams for women. 42