Why Do We Crave Sweet and Salty Foods?

There are 3 reasons why you crave sweet or salty foods.

  • Partly Physiological Does chocolate start calling your name around 2p.m.?
  • Partly Psychological
  • Partly the Environment    Do you want a bag of chips an hour after dinner?


Your body functions like a car.  You put gas in the tank and then you drive.  If your body does not get the fuel it needs, the strong physical cravings come.  What does your body need?  A balanced intake throughout the day of:  fiber, lean proteins, healthy carbohydrates, and heart healthy fats.

3 Factors that Contribute to Cravings

  1. You are starving yourself.  This comes from a couple of different ways.  Simply going without food and skipping meals sets yourself up for failure.  Following a healthy supervised intermittent fasting protocol is helpful but you need to be prepared in advance.  If you are not giving your body nutritious food that sustains your body systems, cravings will come!  When you are not prepared, you are setting yourself up for failure because your body will crave the fastest fuel it can think of which usually turns out to be refined grains and simple sugars.  This habit can lead to binging.


  1. You do not realize how addictive sugar and salt can be.  Why do we crave sugar and salt?  Well for one thing – they taste good.  This is not a mistake.  Food companies perform research to determine which food components will tempt consumers’ taste buds the most.  Our brains are wired to enjoy things which make us happy.  Sugar makes us feel good and leaves us to want to experience that over and over.  Sweet and salty foods and beverages are incredibly addictive.  That is why processed food is loaded with them.  They trigger the release of dopamine, the brain chemical that motivates us to engage in rewarding behaviors.  It is like any addiction; over time our tolerance builds up and we need more to reward ourselves.  This creates a vicious and unhealthy cycle.


  1. You are not listening to your body. If you begin to crave something sweet or salty, before you indulge, check your fatigue level.  Research shows that when you are tired you are more likely to turn to whatever you crave to give you more energy.  If you are craving a salty snack, the next time it happens, pay attention to your stress level.  Stress may impair your adrenal glands’ ability to regulate sodium, which may lead to cravings.  Are you thirsty?  Some research suggests that mistaking dehydration for hunger may trigger cravings as well.  If you have diabetes, you probably get hungrier than other people.  But excessive hunger can mean your blood sugar is too high or too low.

Understand that starving yourself is not a good solution.  Understand that sugar and salt can be addictive. Understand that your body may be trying to tell you something can help you reduce cravings and embrace a more balanced diet.


New Vitality Centers

665 S. Kings Ave.

Brandon, FL  33511

(813) 436-0708



Cold And Flu Season And Now Coronavirus Worries!


Never has it been more important to boost your immune system, fight fatigue, and reduce medication need.  IV Infusion of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids can help combat disease and protect your overall well-being.

Benefits of an infusion of vitamins include:

  • Stronger immune system
  • Increased energy
  • Enhanced mental clarity
  • Better sleep
  • Improved mood
  • Fast muscle recovery

Bugs are everywhere and try to attack our bodies!  We have to put our armor on.  Since a virus and not bacteria cause colds and flu, antibiotics are not effective for treating. Over-the-counter medications can help ease symptoms, but recovery typically takes 7 to 10 days, and studies show adults on average get two to three colds per year.

Of course, we should wash our hands frequently, but consider getting a regular infusion of vitamins in today’s world. Ideally, you would get all of the necessary vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, but with our current hectic schedules, it is not easy to regularly eat a nutrient-rich, well-balanced diet.  Not to mention the quality of the food that we consume.

IV Nutrient Therapy is a convenient, cost-effective, and more effective way to get the vitamins, minerals, and amino acids your body needs to function at its peak. IV Nutrient Therapy by-passes the digestive system, allowing the nutrients to go directly into your bloodstream.  And, the process is quick!  It only takes about 30 minutes at New Vitality Centers.

With IV Nutrient Therapy, you will feel the benefits almost immediately!

IV Nutrient Therapy is a mixture made up of different vitamins and minerals that can help enhance your immune system, which can be beneficial during the dreaded cold and flu season and now coronavirus.   IV Nutrient Therapy is also suitable for treating:

  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Pre and post-workout fatigue
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Acute viral/bacterial illnesses and colds
  • Detoxification
  • Anxiety
  • Anti-aging
  • Migraines & tension headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Symptoms of PMS
  • Cancer
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chronic or acute muscle spasms

Other services at New Vitality Centers:

  • BHRT – Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
  • PRP Microneedling Skin Treatments
  • Medical Weight Loss
  • Detox/Cleanse Kits
  • Botox


For more information, call us and make your appointment.

New Vitality Centers

665 S. Kings Ave., Brandon, FL  33511





5 Reasons Why You Should Cleanse

5 Reasons Why You Should Cleanse/Detox

Simply put, it is a Metabolic Reset.  Everyone needs it because of all of the toxins in our body.  Toxins affect the hormones that help metabolism.  When your body is overwhelmed with toxins, it stores them as FAT, causing swelling and weight gain.  The toxins are fat-soluble and need to be processed so your body can burn fat.

1 in 3 are overweight! It causes serious health consequences!

New Vitality Centers offers a complete Cleanse/Detox Kit that allows you to reset your body’s metabolism while getting rid of toxins that cause chaos within your body systems.  COVID-19 has added an additional problem to the already existing obesity crisis.  The added stress, isolation, and lack of movement has contributed to depression and weight gain – thus more chronic health issues.  More than half of the population has gained the COVID 20, 30, 40, and more!

You ask “Why do it”

  1. Remove Toxins from Your Body. This is the beginning of allowing your body to cleanse and burn fat.  It allows your body’s systems to reset while starting new healthy eating habits.  Fat cells are hard to release from the body.  They were made because of toxins and do not function like normal fat cells.  They need to be metabolized and excreted.  This process is called metabolic detoxification.  New Vitality Centers offers the complete Cleanse/Detox Kit.  Now 10% off.  Unfortunately, we live in a world that is surrounded by toxins.  From our environment and food to household and beauty products, we are constantly exposed to harmful toxins.  And we wonder why there is so much chronic disease.

The good news is that our bodies are uniquely designed to automatically detoxify.  However, processed food and sugars make it difficult for our bodies to detoxify naturally.  Cleansing helps to reset our taste buds to crave whole foods and rejuvenate our bodies by decreasing toxins and allowing our amazing organs to function at their optimum state.

  1. Prevent Chronic Disease. Eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight has many benefits, the top being chronic disease prevention.  The more inflammation your body has, the more at risk you become for chronic disease.  Cleansing reduces the unhealthy inflammation in our bodies and helps promote an environment where chronic disease cannot thrive.  It strengthens your immune system!  New Vitality Centers has an 8-week weight loss program that keeps it simple for you to live your life.  It uses a combination of intermittent fasting and keto diet without using meal kits or meal replacements.  To aid in the process lipotropic injections and appetite suppressants are included.  This allows you to lose weight without feeling hungry.

Excess weight increases a person’s risk for chronic illness and death.

  1. Boost Your Immune System. When you provide your body with healthy whole food and nutrients you are at less risk of getting sick.  Keeping your immune system at peak performance allows your quality of life to increase and keeps the sick days at bay.  It enhances your physical health as well as your emotional health and well-being.

Chronic Disease is the result of two things:

nutrient deficiency and/or toxicity.

  1. Increase Your Energy Levels and Physical Activity.  If you’re feeling tired and sluggish much of the time, chances are your diet is the blame.  Many people experience regular headaches.  By cleansing and getting your body to a healthy weight, you can experience increased energy levels.  In turn, that motivates us to enjoy and do more physical activity.  Movement or exercise is a key component to a healthy lifestyle and is encouraged by doctors and nutritionists.  By resetting your body’s metabolic metabolism and eating habits, we reset our overall motivation and enthusiasm for life.

Current weight loss remedies are NOT working!

  1. Improved Mental Clarity and Well-being. A great benefit of a cleanse and giving your body healthy nutrients is mental clarity.  Brain fog is real!  Brain fog is fueled by things like sugar, preservatives, and artificial ingredients we cannot pronounce.  When you fuel your body with whole healthy foods and nutrients, your brain also is boosted.  It responds with clear thinking.  The old saying is true “you are what you eat”!  In addition to clearing your head, cleansing also promotes improved sleep and concentration.

The bottom line is that when you reduce your intake of junk the results are amazing.  Your mind and body will be healthier and respond to life demands more easily.  How you fuel your body really does matter.  Cleansing detoxifies, lifts brain fog, reduces, bloat, increases energy, boosts your immunity, and encourages better eating choices.

For more information contact:   

New Vitality Centers

665 S. Kings Ave., Brandon, FL  33511



The Health Benefits of a Cleanse/Detox

It is not just a fad; it is a great way to rid your body of unnecessary toxins and give it an overall reset.  If you are beginning a new way of eating or a new diet, it can give you the boost to start fresh.  When you experience issues with digestion, a cleanse can offer some reprieve by eliminating acid and alkaline for faster relief.  There are many other body parts that benefit from doing a cleanse/detox, leaving you feeling invigorated.

What is a detox cleanse?  It helps rid the body of toxic substances.  The body already does this naturally through the liver, urine, sweat, and feces.  This cleanse allows you go deeper and helps neutralize toxins and release them from your body.  CLEANS and DETOX are sometimes used interchangeably but they are not the same thing.  A detox used in combination with a cleanse is powerful.  The detox eliminates unhealthy foods from your diet and concentrates on eating whole, healthy foods to give your taste and habits a reset.  It is great to use before changing your eating habits or going through a weight loss program.

There are many benefits of a Cleanse.

Improved Digestive Health.  The chemicals we take in through the foods we eat and even the hair and cosmetic products we use can take a toll on our digestive system and health.  Just by removing processed foods, a cleanse can help the digestive process and reduce bloating and constipation.  The healthy foods that digest easily along with the supporting supplements that are taken helps remove toxins that strain and hinder the liver and digestive functions.

Get control of Cravings.  Controlling cravings can be difficult.  New Vitality Centers Cleanse/Detox Kit includes 4 products that help control cravings.  Cravings are more than mind over matter, and they can mean a hormonal imbalance for both men and women.  It involves drinking plenty of fluids, which flush out the unhealthy foods you crave and helps break the addiction to those foods.  During the cleanse liquids can fill you up and help curb hunger.  When you do not eat processed foods for a short time, your body will start to crave healthy whole foods instead.

Energy Boost.  Your body and liver must work much harder to process the chemicals found in processed foods.  It must work harder to breakdown all those toxins and it makes you feel sluggish.  When your liver is working correctly, you will have more energy.  Digestion alone uses a lot of energy and it takes more time to digest those foods.  When you get both processes working together automatically you feel more focused and energized.

Improved Mental and Emotional Health.  Cortisol is released when your stressed which decreases liver function.  Cleanses help regulate your cortisol levels which ease stress that the chemical imbalances cause.  Processed foods like sugar, excessive alcohol and caffeine contributes to adrenal fatigue.  When you control these your adrenal glands are refreshed.  Healthy adrenal glands help you cope better with stress and helps avoid feeling overwhelmed.  Poor sleep also helps play a role in stress and cravings.  If you do not rid your body of these toxins it causes poor sleep making you feel lethargic and moody.

Doing a cleanse and detox whether starting a new diet or not helps you feel rejuvenated and renewed.  The first couple of days is an adjustment but once you complete the cleanse, you will feel the positive benefits physically and mentally.

New Vitality Centers uses a Clean Start Medical Weight Loss Program that helps you lose weight and change your eating habits in a way that you can maintain and “live your life”.  It does not involve meal kits or meal replacements and focuses on changing your eating patterns.  Combined with using the Cleanse/Detox Kit, your body resets quicker and does not feel hungry.

Spring Forward How to Handle the Effects of Daylight Savings Time


How to Handle the Effects of Daylight-Saving Time

There is a lot of controversy about this annual routine.  We will soon be setting our clocks forward an hour.  Some people handle it with ease, but others have a hard time getting use to the new schedule.

One hour makes a bit difference in the amount of daylight available as we wake up, get ready for work, wind down and go to bed.  It even makes a difference in people being able to get their exercise and activity.  Daylight is the main regulator of our circadian rhythm, our natural 24-hour sleep cycle; that seemingly slight change in daylight can make it a lot more difficult to fall asleep, wake up and feel energetic throughout the day.

There are strategies you can use on how to cope with the effects of daylight savings time.  Whether you are a night shift worker, an early riser, or if you burn the candle at both ends, these strategies can work for you.

Start on Friday

Resetting your internal clock on a Monday morning can make the rest of the week more stressful.  To ease the change, start by going to bed an hour earlier on Friday night and waking up an hour early on Saturday morning.  You’ll have the whole weekend to adapt and lounge around more than usual.

Change your Mealtimes

Eating and mealtimes are big signals for waking up and going to bed.  Many of us don’t really “get going” until we’ve had our coffee.  You may not sleep well if your dinner is too early or late.  It must fit with your lifestyle.  To help cope with the time change, adjust your mealtimes slowly, starting a few days in advance.

Consistent Morning and Evening Routines

Food is far from the only thing that puts us to sleep.  Circadian rhythms are powerful, but many people become more tired or awake when they go through certain rituals and habits.  Find out what helps you sleep and wake up and make it a habit.

Breakfast or not

Some people do not eat breakfast at all and with the intermittent fasting many do not eat until close to lunchtime.  When people think of early morning energy, they usually think of coffee and caffeine.  If you are of the many people that eat breakfast daily, make sure it is balanced as it is your main source of energy throughout the day.

Spend Time in the Sun

Vitamin D is important for many reasons.  A lack of sun exposure is the main cause of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a condition leads to depression and lethargy.  To compensate for the loss of morning daylight try to get extra sun exposure throughout the day.

Get Active

Exercise is a great way to boost your mood and energy levels and it also can help to normalize your sleep schedule.  People who exercise several times a week also tend to sleep better and are more alert in the day.


We all hate New Year’s resolutions! 

We all hate New Year’s resolutions! 

Most people hate the idea of New Year’s Resolutions to the point that we won’t even discuss them.  It is just a goal and to solve a problem that we have.  That could be at any time of the year, not only on January 1st.  What is supposed to be a positive change can trigger feelings of shame and guilt instead of hope and intended motivation.  Often it overwhelms us instead of motivates us.   

If you have a BIG PLAN to eat healthily and get in shape, by the 3rd day, we’re back in the fast-food drivethru and didn’t move our body at all.  Sometimes we should set smaller goals that we can accomplish and don’t seem overwhelming, but it begins to change our habits, and we get closer to our bigger goal.  For example, instead of committing to “get in shape,” try committing to doing five push-ups or using the stairs.  If someone wants to read more, that might mean reading one paragraph before bedtime.  In the case of meditating, it might be taking three calming breaths first thing in the morning. 

Make it so simple that you don’t have any reasonable excuse not to do it.  Even if you’re busy, or sick, or tired, you can still do it.  It’s hard to use the “I was too busy” excuse for not doing something that takes 1-2 minutes.   

Setting micro-goals to reach your larger goal gives you a sense of success rather than failure.   

We follow the Clean Start Weight Loss Program which is a combination of intermittent fasting and keto diet.  It allows you to live your life without confinement tio certain recipes, meal kits, or meal replacements.  It also allows you to socialize and go out to dinner.  This 8-week program is changing lives and getting people back in the game of being healthy. 


Sugar Is Not Your Friend

Bursts of sugar send a surge through the body that significantly affects your mind and body.  We crave sweetness, but it is clear that too much leads to higher risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  In addition to Alzheimers and other degenerative brain disorders that thrive on chronic inflammation, sugar affects your mental state.  People like to separate the brain from the rest of the body, but studies have found a correlation between inflammation and mental health.  Did I tell you sugar is not your friend!   Most people eat two to three times the level recommended, which is one reason for a higher diagnosis of mood disorders.  We all know that sugar causes inflammation, but it also influences our mental health by affecting our nervous system’s neurotransmitters.  Some doctors classify sugar as an addictive drug because these refined white crystal triggers the pleasure and reward centers in our brain like a drug does.  That is why people indulge in higher and higher amounts to get the same euphoric rewarding feeling.  Sugar consumption has skyrocketed, with the average American consuming about 152 pounds of sugar a year.  That is almost ½ pound a day! 

That is why we use the Keto Diet along with intermittent fasting.  This plan is low in carbohydrates (which converts to sugar), so the body uses fat for fuel; thus, your body begins to burn fat.  There are many benefits to using fat as fuel for your body, including weight loss, burning fat even when you are sleeping, gives you energy and stabilizes blood sugar levels, and long-term health benefits.   

This plan allows you to lose weight without being hungry! 

Protein helps to stabilize blood sugar, which helps keep you out of fight or flight.”  Protein provides the building blocks for your neurotransmitters, serotonin, dopamine, and GABA.   

Our program is an 8 week medical weight loss following the Clean Start Weight Loss Program.  It is a combination of intermittent fasting and keto diet thus allowing you to live your life without the confinement of meal kits and meal replacements.  The foundation is old.  Low carb diet and closely related to the old Adkins Diet.  This is based on real food and simply avoids sugar and processed food relying on meat, fish, vegetables, and natural fat. It’s a super charged version of an old idea.