Some friends of mine taught me a new word – hangry. This word, a combination of hungry and angry, describes anger or other negative emotions which are primarily or entirely due to a lack of food. They have used this for years with each other, after seeing that hunger could result in anger.
There is some solid science to support this. Low blood sugar starts a cascade of events in our hormones and neurotransmitters that reduces the ability of our bodies to process serotonin, a hormone that affects both appetite and mood. How strongly we each feel this depends on a number of things. Those who struggle with anger or moodiness in general will be more prone to being hangry. Likewise, those given to low blood sugar will be more at risk. General self-control will also be a factor. However, regardless of how well or poorly you deal with it, “hanger” is a reality.
Watch yourself and your spouse – is this a hidden cause of some of your marital problems? If so, find ways to avoid low blood sugar, and never argue on an empty stomach!
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