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Have you ever had a piti with someone when you were hungry? Or was very, very, very angry, wanting to cry, beat and all that?
If you are like this, or if you know someone who is like this, take a deep breath and try to understand - there is a good explanation behind it.
The phenomenon by which some people get grumpy when they are late eating happens because of a process triggered by the body when it needs food.
The carbohydrates, proteins and fats that are in everything we eat are digested in simple sugars (such as glucose), amino acids and nonfat acids. These nutrients pass into the bloodstream from where they are distributed to your organs and tissues and used to produce energy.
As time passes after your last meal, the amount of these nutrients circulating in your bloodstream begins to fall. If your blood glucose levels drop too much, your brain will perceive this drop as a life-threatening situation.
Unlike most other organs and tissues in your body that can use a variety of nutrients to maintain functioning, your brain critically relies on glucose to do its work. Then when she misses, he starts freaking out.
You have probably noticed your brain's dependence on glucose. The simplest things can become difficult when you are hungry and your blood glucose levels drop, such as focusing. This, in turn, can lead you to make silly mistakes.
Or you may have noticed that your words become fuzzy or slurred. Another thing that can become more difficult when you are hungry is to behave within socially acceptable norms, such as not being angry with people.
So while you may be able to evoke enough brain power to avoid being in a hellish mood with your colleagues, a sudden, silent drop in your glucose can make you drop your guard and inadvertently yell at people who are more relaxed or with the people you like most, such as partners and friends.
In addition to a drop in blood glucose concentrations, another reason that can make people angry is the counter-regulatory glucose response.
When blood glucose levels drop to a certain limit, your brain sends instructions to various organs in your body to synthesize and release hormones that increase the amount of glucose in your bloodstream.
The four major glucose counterregulatory hormones are: the growth hormone of the pituitary gland located deep in the brain; pancreatic glucagon; adrenaline, which is sometimes called epinephrine; and cortisol, which are made in the adrenal glands.
These last two glucose counterregulatory hormones are stress hormones that are released into your bloodstream in all kinds of stressful situations, not just when you have physical stress.
In fact, adrenaline is one of the major hormones released into your bloodstream and gives a "start" response to the "fight or flight" response when something threatens your safety.
Another reason hunger is linked to rabies is that both are controlled by common genes. The product of such a gene is a neuropeptide Y, a natural brain chemical released when you are hungry. It stimulates voracious eating behaviors by acting on a variety of receptors in the brain, including one called the Y1 receptor.
In addition to acting in the brain to control hunger, neuropeptide Y and receptor Y1 also regulate anger or aggression. Thus, people with high levels of neuropeptide Y in their cerebrospinal fluid also tend to have high levels of impulsive aggression. As you can see, there are several ways that can make you prone to anger when you are hungry.
The easiest way to deal with this hunger rage is of course to eat something before you get too hungry. While you can rush to fast foods that mend your problem, like chocolate and chips, these crap usually induce large increases in blood glucose levels that collapse fast again.
Ultimately, they can make you even more hungry. So the best idea would be to look for nutrient-rich natural foods that satiate your urges for as long as possible.
For example, long work shifts, religious fasts such as Ramadan, or weight loss diets that involve severe energy restriction, hunger can be a constant. The best in this situation is to seek medical advice to know which option is best for you.