Signs That You Are About To Be Hangry

July 19, 2018

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Hangry is not only officially recognized as a word by the Oxford English Dictionary, but it's also recognized by health experts as a real physiological state with mood-altering consequences. Glucose is the body's primary source of energy and when it runs low, you become bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger. Glucose equals energy, so when your blood sugar levels are low, you may start wishing you were back in bed with the shades drawn. If you start feeling sluggish or tired even though you’re well-rested, you might just need to eat something. A lack of concentration is another sign. The brain derives most of its energy from glucose, so when it's low on fuel, a serious case of brain fog can set in. Confusion and difficulty speaking are among the more serious symptoms you may experience when you're hangry. You may start stuttering or slurring your words. You might also have difficulty finding your words at all—it can feel like your mouth and brain are disconnected. Tremors and dizziness are both signs that you should pay closer attention to your body. Low blood sugar is often the culprit of trembling hands and feeling faint and exhaustion and stress make the symptoms worse. While these are all physical signs, your attitude shifts as huger causes your body to release cortisol and adrenaline, the same hormones responsible for stress. This can put you on edge and lower your tolerance for other people’s quirks and irksome habits, which suddenly seem a lot less bearable. Not only are you irritable, but you’re more likely to lash out at others because of it. The doses of adrenaline and cortisol in your body can induce a fight-or-flight response and make you go on the attack over matters that, if you had some food in you, would seem unimportant. Sound familiar? You’ve crossed into being hangry. At this point, eat a snack quickly! One with complex carbohydrates, lean protein, and healthy fats. The first one brings up your blood sugar level, and the other two slow down how fast the carbohydrates are absorbed, helping you to avoid a sugar crash and maintain a normal blood sugar level.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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