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Why Am I Always Hungry? 3 Weird Triggers and How to Get Hunger Under Control

December 13, 2019

Dr. Axe: Hey guys, Dr. Josh Axe here
with Jordan Rubin. Welcome to Ancient Medicine today. In this video, we’re going to share with you
the best foods, supplements, and techniques to combat those sugar cravings, those food
cravings and to get your hunger under control. Jordan, number one here is salt. How does salt actually reduce sugar hunger
cravings? Jordan: Well, consuming the right salt can
actually satisfy you because it’s got minerals. Consuming the wrong salt can only make you
hungrier and fast food restaurants know that it’s a trigger, right? So salt and sugar make you crave salt and
sugar. Those other flavors, by the way, like bitter
and sour and umami that actually stave off hunger. So if you consume salt and you’re like I was
when I was a kid, putting salt before I eat, look before you leap. “Jordan, why do you put salt on it? You don’t know if you even need salt.” Try to back off salt intake, sodium intake,
or get a high mineral salt. Look up on, best sources of salt. Dr. Axe: Number two, air conditioning. This can be a trigger for why you’re hungry. You know, we’ve actually found this that if
you are cold and the air conditioning actually makes you more hungry versus have you ever
been outside maybe where it’s hot and humid and you just really didn’t feel like eating
a lot or a large meal? So actually being in areas where you’re actually
warmer or hotter can actually help you. Infrared sonar’s are great, going to the gym
and just working out in general, getting that body heat up actually can help naturally balance
that out. But don’t stay in too cold of areas too much
because it can actually make you hungry. Jordan: Medications. There are medications that don’t even list
over eating and side effects but they start to tamper with your cortisol and when your
cortisol increases, which happens in so many of us, our stress-related cravings go up. We could put stress on here too. But think about it folks. Almost everyone is on a medication today especially
the anti-depressant medications, the upper GI medications, oral contraceptives. These all can alter and make you crave certain
things. Think about pregnant women, they have hormone
changes so they crave. That can happen to all of us when we’re on
medication. Dr. Axe: Number one here. Now, this is in terms of how to get your hunger
under control. So these are the things you want to add in
your diet. Number one here, a combination of fat fiber
and certain types of spices. Fat makes you feel fuller as does fiber whereas
doing a lot of sugar and carbohydrates, your body burns them so quickly that you’re immediately
hungry. Within an hour, you typically want and need
more food. So we know that most people today don’t have
enough healthy fats in your diet. Getting more healthy fats especially, Jordan,
you want to talk about getting hunger under control or burning fat long term, try a ketogenic
diet or some good quality organic ketogenic products. We know that a ketogenic diet can support
the body getting fat. We know fiber, in order for your body to burn
or utilize fiber and fat, it probably takes closer to three hours whereas a lot of these
carbohydrates might take in between 30 minutes to an hour. So, again, you want more fat fiber in your
diet and then certain types of spices that are more bitter in nature, more stringent
in nature, could also really support your body as well in keeping hunger under control. Jordan: Essential oils. They actually did studies where certain pheromones
and sense cause people to be hungry or crave things they shouldn’t eat. Have you ever been to an airport or mall food
court, what is the number one . . . you smell, I’m not going to mention the name of the company,
but those cinnamon rolls smell so good. Doesn’t junky breakfast just smell so good? They know this so they’re going to crank up
the AC, make it cold, and have these amazing aromas to make you hungry but the opposite
is true. Certain essential oils are very satisfying
and can help control hunger. Some of the best ones are citrus oil, calming
oil such as lavender and then even awakening type oils like peppermint and rosemary. Those can help you mentally and physically
get strong and combat hunger. You can apply essential oils to your feet,
to your abdomen. You can inhale them. I like to put them on my head. How do you think I get my hair to look like
this? We use them all the time but make sure to
have healthy organic scents about you. You’ll get more sense when it comes to keeping
your hunger under control. Got it? Scents and sense? Dr. Axe: That was good. That was clever. All right. So essential oils. I’ll actually mention three oils here. Jordan mentioned number one. Grapefruit has been shown to be really great
for this. Jordan mentioned the citrus oils. I also think ginger and cinnamon can be great. They’re warming to the body. All right, those are great. So number three is exercise and it’s not lots
of cardiovascular exercise. Its weight training typically. Weight training is great for putting on lean
muscle, warming your body and actually helping your body stay lean. And actually can help balance those hunger
cravings as well, help balance hormones. So, again, exercise especially some weight
training or just doing things where you’re active. Indoor rock climbing, going for walks in nature,
things like that can be very good. The long distance exercise actually can make
you eat a bit more if you’re doing a lot of long distance cardio. But weight training in general, using things
like kettle bells, these can be great ways to keep hunger under control. Jordan: All right, balance hormones. This is really critical and you might be thinking
estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and there’s some of that. You might be thinking thyroid hormones but
really when it comes to hunger, it’s DHEA and cortisol. Cortisol is increased when we’re in that fight
or flight, like being chased by a bear in a national forest, that’s good cortisol. Bad cortisol is from too much stress, not
proper sleep cycles. Bad cortisol comes from a lack of sunshine
and eating too many carbohydrates. Of course, also life. What you’ve got to do is balance your hormones. One of the greatest ways to control hunger
and balance hormones is consuming the herb ashwagandha. Ashwagandha has been clinically studied to
increase DHEA and decrease cortisol which helps to regulate stress-related carb craving
and over eating. That’s really one of the best substances you
can do. Make ashwagandha in an herbal infusion or
a tea, consume a supplement and make sure to get the right amount. It’s between 125 and 600 milligrams depending
on the type of extract if you’re supplementing. Dr. Axe: Well, all right guys. So here is what you need to do to keep those
hunger and sugar cravings under control. Again, don’t use iodized salt. Don’t stay in the air conditioning too long. Certain drugs we know increase those cravings
as well and then again eat meals with lots of healthy fat, protein fiber. Get lots of herbs and spices in your diet. Exercise. Use essential oils and balance hormones naturally
like Jordan was talking about. And hey, don’t forget, make sure to subscribe
here to our YouTube channel. We’ve got a lot more episodes coming out on
how to use food as medicine and using essential oils and herbal extracts and all things natural. So, again, make sure you subscribe here. And, hey, if you didn’t get something answered
or you want to know more, we’ve got some really in-depth articles on my website You can check that online as well. Guys, it’s been Jordan Rubin, myself, Dr.
Josh Axe. Have a great day. Dr. Axe here. I want to say, thanks so much for checking
out this YouTube video and also don’t forget to subscribe if you want to get more great
content on things like herbs, essential oils, natural remedies, and how to use food as medicine. Also, check out more of our content on my
YouTube channel. Thanks for watching.

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  • Reply Tracy KaPoni July 10, 2017 at 3:47 pm


  • Reply Tracy KaPoni July 10, 2017 at 3:49 pm


  • Reply Tracy KaPoni July 10, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    yes…oral contraceptives really do make u hungry…

  • Reply Tracy KaPoni July 10, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Should we just not be hungry period? I'm just tryna fight it all together? Although, I know we need to eat but I'm thinking about just becoming a herbivore? cuz this food ain't safe to eat today anyway?

  • Reply Nikita Julien July 10, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    h. pylori is also a cause for constant hunger

  • Reply Amigo500 July 10, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    For me eating the right size of a meal, with healthy food on it. I think you can eat a lot, if the food is healthy… if you keep your meals small, you will stay hungry..

  • Reply Paula B. July 10, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    Don't consume iodized salt? Don't we need iodine?

  • Reply Kuro July 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    after working out I don't feel so hungry.

  • Reply RkicF8 July 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I was hungry until I lol @5:07 🙂

  • Reply Jean U July 10, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Why didn't you tell us the kinds of spices to eat? That is not normal for you guys to leave out important info like that…

  • Reply lyddyfresno July 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Can you both do a segment on horsetail herb???

  • Reply marie2214 July 10, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    I'm going to share this with my husband. I have bad circulation. He has good circulation. In 105 degree Texas heat I lose on the air conditioner staying on all day & night. Now I have another reason why it's not a good idea.

  • Reply caldonia lewis July 10, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing your videos with us and giving us the help that we need. My problems is hungry but I'm 69 years old and I know that I shouldn't be hungry all the time. God bless you both. Thanks again!

  • Reply Rose Ladd July 10, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    I agree, we should know why we are hungary so not to follow emotional eating. Isn't salt the controlling factor behind our emotions? And also the main factor in our habits like nutrition and at times cravings? The cravings that make us feel we are hungary but not really needing food?

  • Reply Mazie Ferreira July 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Thank you doc and Jordan for another awesome video. I tell everyone about this channel, because it's AWESOME!!! I started taking Ashwagandha supplement (300 mg x 2 a day) and I feel less hungry and I have less cravings. Also, started Axe Nutrition probiotic today. I'm also using bone broth powder and multi collagen powder for like a week now. I feel great, and I know that I'm going to lose weight and get a lot healthier. Thank you!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply karen horton July 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Jordan "being chased by a bear in nature" ???

  • Reply Jake July 10, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Time to go eat a shit load of carbs, masterbate, and then follow that up with weight training and beer.

  • Reply Mianlo 2 July 10, 2017 at 9:08 pm

    The one that surprise me was Air Conditioning.

  • Reply Stacy Homemaker July 10, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    Hunger is great if it's well timed. Hunger is the best seasoning!

  • Reply alex fernandez July 10, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Go keto hunger disappears

  • Reply Michelle Pendleton July 10, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Where do u recommend to get that ashwagonda stuff

  • Reply esj8341 July 11, 2017 at 3:54 am

    Feel free to take the guys advice or not. But the guy is not a medical doctor. He's a chiro.

  • Reply Kuutamo73 July 11, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Great info

  • Reply Ashish P Chhabria July 12, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Dr please make a video on what your diet is and your gym regiment

  • Reply eemajinit August 18, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Are you recommending that citrus essential oils be added to foods?

  • Reply Jina Kay Henry August 25, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Great video – I look forward to implementing these tips. Thank you!

  • Reply Maha • December 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    It seems like they don’t like each other

  • Reply Light Star December 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    put a video on how to get hungry plz

  • Reply Sallie Dillon February 22, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Would having a low temperature (from thyroid issues) cause one to want to eat all the time?

  • Reply Amy Choate March 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Don't we need Iodine for a healthy thyroid? Ashwaganda… can it be used it you already have very low cortisol 24 hrs a day? (I did a 4pt cortisol saliva test)

  • Reply paul ewing September 18, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    FOOD is the TRUTH.DRUGS are a trespass that cause mankind all problems and all trespass problems and cause thousands of trespass upon them and us currently from our thousands of grandfather's.

  • Reply Brigette 5280 October 28, 2018 at 7:14 am

    I get full , hungry 10 minutes later

  • Reply Nadezhda Barylskaya February 20, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    Summarized at 6:40

  • Reply Arjun M Rao June 24, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    nice, great info. Well Explained, very informative

  • Reply Bianca's corner August 3, 2019 at 8:36 am

    I get really hungry after working out

  • Reply Bianca's corner August 3, 2019 at 8:37 am

    For some reason when i drink water i feel like im starving n i drink alot of water

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