Most of us have experienced the overwhelming thudding that gets out of hand when we are without food for too long. It turns out that there are some scientific reasons why this happens. Here's what you need to know and how you can help your customers when it comes to strikes.
The official definition of hangers is "a feeling or a demonstration of anger due to hunger". As humans we have the choice to listen to our hunger. In our busy and overbought life, we often choose to ignore this signal and wait far too long to feed our empty stomach. The body's response to being ignored is to trigger an emotional reaction (such as anxiety and stress) to trigger a response. And the longer the body is relieved, the greater the emotional response.
It is important to realize that the stomach and brain are interconnected, and part of the communication is associated with signals of hunger and satiety. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers found a link between hunger, anger and low blood sugar. Basically, if you have gone too long between meals, your blood sugar level drops and signals the release of a cascade of hormones.
Ghrelin is a hormone produced in the stomach that causes feelings of hunger. It can also create anxiety in the brain where hangers begin. When you are hungry, you are more irritated and conscious of your feelings because they increase the urge to seek food and to satisfy the nutritional needs. Release of ghrelin causes you to be hungry and should be the motivation for you to start looking for food. When you eat, ghrelin and fear disappear. However, if this starvation signal is ignored, it can cause a disruption of other hormones in your body.
Cortisol and adrenaline
Low blood sugar also triggers the release of stress from hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. As these two hormones increase, the body goes into a fight-or-flight response. From there, the effects of suspension are expressed mentally, emotionally and physically.
When you are hungry, your prefrontal cortex does not work with a high capacity. This may temporarily affect personality, self-control, planning and even long-term memory. Emotionally, your mind starts to feel anxiety and stress. This can cause you to lose patience and focus or even act abnormally. Physically, heart rate, blood pressure and breathing increase.
If you continue to ignore the ghrelin and the spike of cortisol and adrenaline, your body will go into a panic mode and you will experience hanger in its full effect. At this point, the body releases the neuropeptide Y, which has been found to be more aggressive towards its fellow human beings. In addition, this neuropeptide stimulates food intake with a preference for fast-digesting carbohydrates. Finally, release of neuropeptide Y increases your motivation to eat large amounts of food and also delays how long it takes for you to feel satisfied. In short, the hanger has an above-average appetite, especially with carbohydrates, so you overeat.
Real Impact of Hanger
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Example # 2: A classic study of married couples invited them to put pens in "voodoo dolls" representing their loved ones to reflect how angry they felt towards them. They found that people who had lower blood sugar levels put more pens in their dolls. Ouch!
How to prevent Hanger
Stop for clues. If you notice that you become more irritable, hunger can be the cause. Take a break and find a snack that contributes to a healthy diet. Most people should not go more than four to five hours between meals. This kind of healthy eating habits will help alleviate your hunger and balance your blood sugar levels to prevent you from riding the emotional roller coaster of the hanger.
Snacks are travel-friendly so you have them readily available. A snack should contain a mixture of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Whole Grain Carbohydrates, which are high in fiber (5 grams or more per serving), increase serotonin levels to give your blood sugar a quick boost while the fiber keeps your stomach full. Proteins and fats are slower digested to give you endurance and you feel full for longer. With your own supply of healthy and fresh food within reach, you will be less tempted to eat a less healthy diet that lacks the nutrition your body demands.
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