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Have You Been Angry When Feeling Hungry? Science Says This Is Normal

Have You Been Angry When Feeling Hungry? Science Says This Is Normal

When we feel hungry, our brains are sending out signals that we need fuel. The more this goes on, the hungrier we get, and we begin to feel angry. More often than not we attribute this to our selves and our own personality. We assume anger is a character trait, and being angry when hungry is no exception. What many people don’t realize is that this particular feeling of anger takes rise for scientific reasons, and not just because of who we are. There are bodily functions – a process – that happens within us when we need food and we don’t get it. These functions lead us to feelings of anger when hungry. The good news is that it is normal! Here’s why.

What Happens To Your Brain When You’re Feeling Hungry

Studies show that the answer is related to the bodily functions and what happens inside us when we are ready or need to eat. Everything we consume, the proteins, the fats, the carbs, these are all digested and form into sugars, amino acids and free fatty acids which are then absorbed into our bloodstream. These important nutrients are then passed into our tissue, muscles, and other important areas, and help us function as healthy human beings – they are particularly good for energy.

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As time goes by and we haven’t eaten anything for a while, this process slows down, and we begin to feel a drop in our energy due to a drop in this cycle. One of the sugars created in this process (glucose) has a pretty big name in this game! If glucose levels drop far enough, the brain perceives this as a threat to your very existence, and so it sends out a signal warning. The brain is different to the other organs, in that it needs glucose as its primary source of energy to work as it needs to. The other organs rely on other nutrients as well, but the brain relies heavily on glucose. When it fears the glucose isn’t coming, the brain perceives it is a threat. There is a serious co-dependency between the brain and glucose!

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    It’s Not Your Fault!

    So you see, this is where the hanger kicks in. It is the brain’s way of making you do what it wants, and give it what it needs. Some evidence of this process? Recall the last time you were doing something when you felt really hungry. Did it seem a little foggy? Were ideas, words, functions, not coming readily, at the speed you required or were used to? Were you slurring slightly? This is the brain at work when glucose levels are low. Some things can become much more difficult than they would otherwise be in this situation.

    When all this happens and we try to behave in society as we are generally expected to, things can go wrong! And this is the reason why! We might snap at people, or not work to our best ability when we are hungry. That’s why it is important to fill your body with good, nutritional food, when it needs it (before you become too hungry as digestion takes time). Otherwise we risk endangering everything from our work lives, to the relationships in our personal lives. And remember – it is normal to feel hangry. So don’t beat yourself up too much. Just grab a snack!

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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