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What brain chemical/signal is released during flu that would stop sugar cravings?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 17, 2013 at 10:44 PM

I noticed this before with me when I had been using sugar. My sister has tried to eat paleo for the last 6 weeks and each day, about 7 pm (after dinner) she would get intense sugar cravings that she satisfies with chocolate candy, ice cream or cookies. She tried so hard and could not even get a day without giving in. Then she got the flu for four days and hasn't had a sugar craving since. I have noticed that when I am sick my "appetite" goes away and if I had been using sugar I wouldn't want any afterwards. I tried googling this specific subject thinking there must be some kind of brain signal or chemical that was stopped due to having a cold or flu but haven't had success in finding info. Anyone have a clue as to what this is? She has had no withdrawals from sugar and is not wanting to touch it again. She has been eating my soup broths and the paleo way we eat ever since. I am thrilled for her and would like to understand the process of what has happened.

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on January 18, 2013
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Thanks for sharing that, Savannah. I had her read your post and she said that the way I treated her illness (zinc, vitamin C, "echinacea plus, super tonic, and lung tonic from "herbdoc.com", homemade chicken broth, beef broth, coconut oil, lots of water with chlorophyll and purifying drops) was so different from her normal TheraFlu type way. She is a nurse and seeing things a little different today! She's my sis and my best friend so I am excited for her to have this way healthy way of living!

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I always thought that the sugar cravings were from having too much yeast. Thus, I would have thought the same as you. Now that I am researching, I think that WestOZGirl, above, is onto something. I am seeing sugar is a HUGE toxin, and the cleaning of the cells while sick makes sense. And no, she did not have cravings as soon as she got sick. She now says the thought of sugar is unpleasant. She isn't even tempted to have any. I think her getting a virus helped her, in the long run, with her overall health. A very interesting idea.

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on January 18, 2013
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Thank you WestOZGirl. I find the concept of losing cravings when being sick very interesting. Thanks for giving me the key words so I can look it up.

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on January 17, 2013
at 11:38 PM

I suspect lack the loss of appetite (with or without fever) encourages your body to go into ketosis and therefore the level of ketones increase. Ketones promote autophagy - cell cleaning. They appear to do this by chaperone mediated autophagy. Autophagy plays an important role in the control of virus and bacterial infections. There are several PUBMed articles published on this and some great info on the web.

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on January 18, 2013
at 06:06 PM

Thank you WestOZGirl. I find the concept of losing cravings when being sick very interesting. Thanks for giving me the key words so I can look it up.

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on January 18, 2013
at 12:00 AM

I know nothing scientific on this topic, but I am just getting over a cold. I had a similar process. I was craving a lot of sugary junk before it, but as soon as my cold hit, I was intent on naturally healing myself with real food. For me, I think it was more of a mental process, rather than a chemical. I took being sick as a sign of my body telling me, "hey! Take care of me, or you're going to be miserable!" So here I am without sugar cravings, or any other cravings. Thanks, cold. :) I think people need to look at being ill as a sign that they are living the wrong type of lifestyle, rather than a temporary ailment they can pop a pill for. I have nothing to report scientifically, as I said, but I am intrigued about a similar story to mine. :)

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on January 18, 2013
at 06:16 PM

Thanks for sharing that, Savannah. I had her read your post and she said that the way I treated her illness (zinc, vitamin C, "echinacea plus, super tonic, and lung tonic from "herbdoc.com", homemade chicken broth, beef broth, coconut oil, lots of water with chlorophyll and purifying drops) was so different from her normal TheraFlu type way. She is a nurse and seeing things a little different today! She's my sis and my best friend so I am excited for her to have this way healthy way of living!

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on January 17, 2013
at 11:26 PM

During the period when she was sick, did she have the cravings? If not, then the cravings may have subsided due to her not "feeding" it.

C657d176db6f11f98aeb2a89071e3281

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on January 18, 2013
at 06:10 PM

I always thought that the sugar cravings were from having too much yeast. Thus, I would have thought the same as you. Now that I am researching, I think that WestOZGirl, above, is onto something. I am seeing sugar is a HUGE toxin, and the cleaning of the cells while sick makes sense. And no, she did not have cravings as soon as she got sick. She now says the thought of sugar is unpleasant. She isn't even tempted to have any. I think her getting a virus helped her, in the long run, with her overall health. A very interesting idea.

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