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  • Writer's pictureSanah Alban

Why do we get 'hangry'?

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

 

Food and life are so closely interlinked. This quote definitely makes me think of the feeling of being ‘hangry’ and you do not want to be around me on an empty stomach! Which begs the question, why do we respond the way we do when we’re hungry?


Well after a quick google search it seems like there is completely valid and medical reason for being hangry! When your blood sugar levels drop, your brain, which heavily relies on glucose as a fuel source, perceives it as a life threatening situation, and stress hormones and adrenaline are released in the body, Behaving within social norms can become difficult too, thus entailing the effects of grumpiness and hanger as your brain does not have the energy to deal with annoyances that it can normally handle!


So how can we avoid getting to this place? Eating regular, nutrient-rich, natural foods should do the job and from a civil perspective and deal with difficult situations after food! So to think well, love well and sleep well, and be in social situations well, one must dine well.


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