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I have to admit, I wasn’t fun to live with when anyone got between me and food when I was hungry. How about you? Do you get angry? If so blame your caveman within. He or she is talking to you.
Where does this anger come from? And why doesn’t everyone get like I did?
The Side Effect of My Type of Hunger
Everything you eat – carbohydrates and proteins – are converted through digestion into simple sugars (such as glucose). there is a proviso: IF you are not in ketosis!
These nutrients enter your bloodstream, then they are distributed to your organs and tissues and consumed as fuel.
Obviously, the amount of these nutrients circulating in your bloodstream start to drop if not replenished.
Sufficiently low blood-glucose levels will send a signal to your brain which interprets it as (in caveman terms) a life-threatening situation.
Unlike most organs and tissues in your body which can use a variety of nutrients to keep functioning, your brain is critically dependent on a little glucose to keep on thinking about sabre toothed tigers. If you are in ketosis, it will ‘mainline’ on ketones, converted from fat. But, as I discovered, getting into ketosis means getting off the ‘fast action’ sugars and carbs that supply an excess of glucose.
I found it quite disconcerting. My normal easy going nature became quite agressive, and I had trouble concentrating. The worst aspect of it was that i thought this was normal.
This diagram from Amanda Saltis’ article demonstrates the process.
More ways of seeing if you are like me.
Besides a drop in blood-glucose concentrations, another reason people can become hangry is the glucose counter-regulatory response. Let me explain.
When blood-glucose levels drop to a certain threshold, the brain sends instructions to several organs in your body to synthesise and release hormones. These hormones increase the amount of glucose in your bloodstream.
There are four main glucose counter-regulatory hormones.
(a) Growth hormone from the pituitary gland situated deep in the brain;
(b) Glucagon from the pancreas;
(c) Adrenaline, which is sometimes called epinephrine,
(d) Cortisol, which are both from the adrenal glands.
These last two glucose counter-regulatory hormones are stress hormones. They are are released into your bloodstream in many stressful situations, independent of the physical stress of low blood-glucose levels.
Our ‘fight or flight’response releases Adrenaline. It is one of the major hormones released into our bloodstream in response to a sudden scare, such as when we see, hear or even think something that threatens our safety.
The flood of adrenaline you get during the glucose counter-regulatory response promotes a similar response.
Nature and nurture
Hunger is also linked to anger becasue, believe it or not, both are controlled by the same genes. The product of one such gene is neuropeptide Y. It’s a natural brain chemical released into the brain when you are hungry.
It stimulates voracious feeding behaviours by acting on a variety of receptors in the brain, including one called the Y1 receptor.
Besides acting in the brain to control hunger, neuropeptide Y and the Y1 receptor also regulate anger or aggression. So people with high levels of neuropeptide Y in their cerebrospinal fluid may also show high levels of impulse aggression.
As you can see, there are several pathways that made me you prone to anger when I was hungry. Angry hunger is surely a survival mechanism that has served humans and other animals well.
We have to admit that if hungry organisms (us) stood back and graciously let others eat before us, our species probably wouldn’t be here today.
While many physical factors contribute to angry hunger, psychosocial factors also have a role. Culture influences whether you express verbal aggression directly or indirectly, for instance.
And as we are all different across all of these factors, it’s little wonder there are differences in how angry people seem to get when they’re hungry.
Dealing with hungry anger.
The easiest way to handle hunger-anger would seem to be to eat something before you get too hungry. While you may yearn for quick-fix foods, (foods that keep you in the acid hunger cycle), these foods generally induce large rises in blood-glucose levels that come crashing down fast. Think breads, and sugars, now known to be highly addictive, creating addict-like responses.
￼Ultimately, they may leave you feeling angrier and hungrier. It was only when I went ‘cold turkey’ with carbs and sugars that my hunger-anger ceased, I stopped scanning the table for other people’s leftovers, and getting angry.
In these cases, it can help to remember that, with time, our glucose counter-regulatory response will kick in and our blood-glucose levels will stabilise.
Ketones help keep my hunger under control because my brain can use ketones in place of glucose for fuel. In fact ketones are my natural ancestral brain food! Am I always in ketosis? As long as I limit my addictive carbs and sugars. Yes, I have a ketone tester which tells me immediately whether I am in ketosis or not. I am never half in ketosis, so I am either an addict to hunger-anger, or I am not.
And.. like any addict, I really didn’t understand my addictive state. If you’d like to know more about my diet turnaround, here’s a link to our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
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In our experience, most people don’t actually ‘get’ what the ‘Old’ Alkaline Diet is all about, so ask us why should they start the ‘New’ Alkaline Diet?
The ‘old’ alkaline diet declared that if we change our eating habits to consume 80% of our foods based on these foods’ ability to create an alkaline response in our body, we’d experience better health, vitality and immunity.
It’s true.. but for us it’s like opening the door, seeing the sunshine, but not going outdoors. There is SO MUCH more in the NEW Alkaline Diet.
Reason One for going ‘New Alkaline’ Today
The New Alkaline diet acknowledges the need to choose alkalizing effect foods, but it also doesn’t ignore the obvious essential healthy acids. The old alkaline diet had a small success rate because it didn’t give us a fully sustainable nutrient balanced diet, and truthfully, wasn’t based on solid science.
There were many versions of it usually related to the personal preferences and learnings of the person talking about it. So we had ‘raw’ alkaline, ‘vegan’ alkaline and ‘vegetarian’ alkaline and even the ‘Miracle’ Alkaline Diet.
We DID the old alkaline diet and experienced the health problems associated with it. We’ve been on the NEW alkaline diet for almost five years and it just gets better.. and better!
Reason Two for going ‘New Alkaline’ Today
The New Alkaline Diet highlights and gives you action steps to overcome the reason that the ‘old’ diet failed. They can be summed up in 2 words: ‘carbohydrates’ and ‘sugar’. We share our knowledge on what these foods do to your alkaline balance and how to get over the effect they have.
Reason Three for going ‘New Alkaline’ Today
The New Alkaline Diet focuses on the relationship of your food with your ancestral blueprint; what your body would eat if you gave it is natural choice. The ‘Old’ diet does not.
For 30,000 years we derived our energy from saturated fats, both vegetable and animal. We ate some meat and as many vegetables as we could, with only seasonal fruits. The Old diet concentrates on us eating greens, but the New diet changes the way we relate to our food, and spinach has become a favourite rather than a ‘have to’.
You’ll eat very, very well. Simply, and naturally less.
Reason Four for going ‘New Alkaline’ Today
Starting today means you can begin to experience the benefits tomorrow! We share all of our Alkaline Diet ‘Hacks’ that help to make it easy and effective. We have seen people’s lives really change profoundly with this diet, but the sooner you recognise, understand and overcome the reasons all those other diets didn’t ever succeed, the better!
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Take the quiz right now to see for yourself whether you are alkaline or acid. When you are regularly eating certain food types it affects your mental state and makes it difficult to see beyond your present state of health. So many people think they are healthy, but have no idea of what true health means because their diet is addicting them to a mental state, which in turn validates what you are eating now..
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If you could get a device implanted that prevented appetite would you do it?
We’ll assume for the moment that it is guaranteed to work. Well, it’s available.. or it will be soon but don’t hold your breath for it as a Medicare deduction..
The details are below, but it brings up an important question for me. If suddenly our hunger was halted, wouldn’t we still be attracted to the foods that caused us the problem in the first place? And if we don’t address the possibility that our food choices rather than our food quantity may be the reason for our obesity and ill health, how will reduced hunger help?
Knowing what we now know about the addictive nature of grains and sugar, let’s say you’ve implanted the device.. will it halt the addictive behaviour or what? Will it leave you unhungry but unhappy?
Seems to me that as long as you eat addictive food, hunger will be just one of the tools your addiction will use to keep you that way. Cassie and I have written lots more on this subject in our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
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EnteroMedics’ Maestro System has become the first obesity device to be approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in ten years.
The device, which the company compares to a pacemaker, is designed to block signals in the nervous system to reduce feelings of hunger.
Obesity is, excuse the phrasing, a growing problem across the world. It is estimated that one third of Americans are clinically obese. While eating less is may present the simplest and most obvious solution for many, combating obesity or stimulating weight loss, especially in the morbidly obese, is not a linear problem. Often it is simply not practicable or effective for those treating obese patients to recommend diet and exercise, and more drastic treatments such bariatric surgery are too invasive for some patients or may have other adverse effects.
The now FDA approved Maestro System, which has been in use in Australia since mid-2011, is implanted via an outpatient procedure. By applying electrical pulses in what EnteroMedics calls VBLOC vagal blocking therapy, it is designed to interfere with signals between the stomach and the brain along the vagus nerve, which regulates the digestive system. Like other approaches to suppressing appetite , the desired result is to decrease feelings of hunger or induce a sense of satiety. The implanted system is connected to a battery which must be regularly recharged by the patient.
“VBLOC Therapy offers an entirely new approach to the treatment of obesity,” says Scott Shikora, MD, FACS, EnteroMedics’ Chief Consulting Medical Officer. “By blocking signals along the nerves that connect the brain and stomach, VBLOC to reduces feelings of hunger and promotes earlier feelings of fullness, which can help people with obesity reduce the number of calories consumed and promote safe, healthy and durable weight loss.”
The procedure is fully reversible and non-invasive and, according to the company, the system allows patients to “lose weight without lifestyle compromises,” it is not designed to suit everyone who needs to shed a few pounds. EnteroMedics specifies that the device is “for the treatment of adult patients with obesity who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 40 to 45 kg/m2, or a BMI of at least 35 to 39.9 kg/m2 with a related health condition such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels, and who have tried to lose weight in a supervised weight management program within the past five years.”
While clinical trials showed that the device is effective, the FDA notes in itspre-approval report that the trial patients lost 8.5 percent of their excess weight compared to those implanted with a sham device, falling short of the 10 percent requirement. Despite this the FDA has approved the device, which will only be implanted at specially chosen clinics by surgeons who have undergone both implant and explant certification.
The same paper also noted that in longer term weight loss patients it is important that lifestyle and diet habits are also changed, along with any use of a device.