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:
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Salt Need
  • Iron Need
  • Stress
  • Sulfur Need
  • Phosphorus Deficiency

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:
angry/hostile disposition
moderate afternoon/evening fatigue
afternoon headaches
depression with some anxiety
poor tolerance of sugars
somewhat disturbed sleep
heart racing/palpitations
eyelid twitch
absent sexual desire
shoulder tightness
very pale fingernails
poor bodily coordination
... 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
Sulfur Need 90% Confirm
Iron Need 59% Possible
Salt Need 21% Unlikely
Stress 3% Ruled out
Phosphorus Deficiency 3% Ruled out
Hypoglycemia 0% 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.

Phosphorus Deficiency

Cravings for sweets and cravings for coffee both indicate a possible phosphorus deficiency.

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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