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Unhealthy food cravings are a sign of mineral deficiencies


Most of us have, at one point in our lives, experienced intense cravings for unhealthy foods. Whether it be for chocolate, donuts, salty snacks or refined carbs, our bodies appear to want them -- and we're often all too happy to submit. There's just one problem: Eating these foods doesn't seem to end the cravings. What is going on here? Are our bodies playing a cruel joke on us? Well, not quite.

Vitamin D: Are you getting enough of this essential vitamin?


Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin and one of the most important vitamins for our overall health. Though five forms of it are known to science (vitamins D1, D2, D3, D4 and D5), the two forms that matter most to us are D2 (ergocalciferol, a synthetic form made by irradiating fungus and plant matter) and D3 (cholecalciferol, a natural form created in our bodies from sunlight exposure). Aside from being more natural, vitamin D3 is 87 percent more potent than vitamin D2, making it the best form of vitamin D for our bodies.