Afternoon Coffee/Sugar Craving

What Causes Coffee Or Sugar Cravings?

Coffee or sugar cravings can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose coffee or sugar cravings, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "coffee or sugar cravings" as a symptom.  Here are six possibilities:
  • Stress
  • Phosphorus Deficiency
  • Sulfur Need
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Salt Need
  • Iron Need

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
somewhat disturbed sleep
pale fingernails
physical punishment during childhood
high diastolic blood pressure
significant bowel movement changes
jumpiness
leg/foot cramps
lower back pain
very angry/hostile disposition
cold sores
frequent bizarre dreams
sugar/sweet craving
... and more than 80 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of coffee or sugar cravings:
Cause Probability Status
Salt Need 93% Confirm
Hypoglycemia 53% Possible
Sulfur Need 20% Unlikely
Stress 2% Ruled out
Iron Need 2% Ruled out
Phosphorus Deficiency 2% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Food Preferences section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about afternoon coffee/sugar craving:
Do you have a strong desire for either coffee or sugar in the afternoon?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ Yes, moderately
→ Yes, very much
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate afternoon coffee/sugar craving, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Iron Requirement

Craving coffee or tea can indicate a need for iron.

Salt Intake Requirement

Craving coffee or tea can indicate a need for salt.

Sulfur Requirement

Craving coffee or tea can indicate a need for sulfur.

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