Sometimes, it’s not sugar that your body’s seeking.
What it does:The body needs magnesium for nerve and muscle function; it’s also important to maintain energy levels, healthy bones, and a healthy blood pressure. It also can help with recovery from strenuous exercise.
Symptoms of low levels:Muscle cramps and spasms, weakness, heart palpitations and irregularities. Chocolate cravings can also signify a lack of magnesium.
How much you need: Men require around 400 milligrams of magnesium a day and women should get roughly 300 milligrams a day. To make sure you’re getting enough, add magnesium-rich leafy greens such as spinach; nuts such as almonds, cashews, and peanuts; soy milk; and avocado to your diet. Dark chocolate is also a great source.