Afternoon Coffee/Sugar Craving

What Causes Coffee Or Sugar Cravings?

Coffee or sugar cravings can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' 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:
  • Sulfur Need
  • Iron Need
  • Stress
  • Phosphorus Deficiency
  • Hyponatremia / Salt Intake Need
  • Hypoglycemia

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:
not eating eggs
moderate afternoon/evening fatigue
stiff neck
high systolic blood pressure
numb/burning/tingling extremities
paying great attention to detail
diffuse bone pain
history of many broken bones
severe afternoon/evening fatigue
regular night terrors
sufficient water consumption
low energy/stamina
... 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
Stress 90% Confirm
Phosphorus Deficiency 59% Possible
Hypoglycemia 13% Unlikely
Iron Need 5% Ruled out
Hyponatremia / Salt Intake Need 4% Ruled out
Sulfur Need 4% 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:
Hyponatremia (Low Blood Sodium Level)

Craving coffee or tea can indicate a need for salt.

Phosphorus Deficiency

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

Sulfur Requirement

Craving coffee or tea can indicate a need for sulfur.

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