You haven’t eaten for a while, so you’re probably a little hungry. To make matters worse, every little thing is starting to bother you: drivers aren’t using their turn signals, your app isn’t downloading fast enough, that laundry pile is bigger than you thought… Whatever the case may be, relatively minor instances are becoming big hassles. And you’re starting to get angry.
The basic equation is this: hungry + angry = hangry.
We’ve all been there. We’ve all had the simultaneous feeling of anger and hunger. But is hangry a real thing? Is the anger multiplied due to the hunger, or are the hunger pangs compounded by life’s annoying little issues? Let’s take a look.
No Food, No Patience – An Inside Look at Hangry’s Emotional Sway
Scientific studies have shown that there is indeed a link between hunger and anger – and the two emotions / instincts play off each other in unique ways.
Like most body responses, hanger can be explained – or at least analyzed – by looking at the body’s ever-changing hormones.
Whenever we eat, all the nutrients are broken down into simple sugars, some of which is processed in the blood stream as glucose. After eating, this glucose level starts to drop, and your body instinctively takes a survivalist point of view: “The food is gone, I need more.”
The blood glucose level dropping thus triggers the slight anger (“hanger”) of not having food.
The Evolutionary Angle
During times of food scarcity – which has been the majority of human evolution – the delicate interplay of hormones and emotion was critical for survival. And yet somehow humans managed to make it work; some studies show that periods of prolonged fasting have promising longevity benefits. That’s where “hanger” is explained. Think of it this way: you’re here today because your ancestors had a little bit of “hanger” in them.
So thank millions of years of evolution for hangry’s existence.
Tips to Avoid Getting Hangry
Nobody wants to feel hangry, so here are some tips to avoid it:
- Drink water. Sometimes, hunger pangs are mistaken for thirst. At the very least, staying hydrated will help lessen that “empty” feeling.
- Keep some snacks on hand. Healthy, calorie-dense foods are best – think fruit, nuts, seeds, jerky and other foods.
- Don’t worry, be happy. In other words, try to decrease your overall stress level. Sure, it’s easier said than done, but go with what works for you. Listen to some calming music, exercise or explore a new hobby. Many times, this extra activity helps make your body “forget” about that upcoming meal.
So “hangry” is a real thing, after all! Health-related news like this always brings a new perspective on the human body – how it works, why certain things happen and more. Banner Urgent Care knows how the body works, too. In fact, our doctors, nurses and medical staff can help you with a nagging injury, illness or even with a regularly scheduled health checkup plan!
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