The Relationship Between Not Eating and Anger

Angry PersonDo you know of anybody who is easily agitated, hostile, or most of the time angry?

Have you been around someone who is on a diet, especially those following fad diets or people who are on crash diets? Or maybe you’ve been with friends and family who missed eating meals …

If you answered yes to these questions, read on as you’ll be surprised. If you answered no on the other hand, try to be with someone who has missed breakfast, lunch or dinner, surely it’ll not take long before you finally say “now I understand”.

Now here’s interesting information for you.

According to a recent study, people who are hostile, people who are easily angered are most likely people with very low serotonin levels, and there is a big chance that they are like this because they missed eating a good full meal.

According to the study, people who do not eat are more prone to violence or aggression. This is because when serotonin levels are low, and this happens when a person has not eaten, controlling emotional responses to anger becomes more difficult.

So this explains why people who are on crash diets are most of the time irritable and are almost always “grumpy”; it’s the low serotonin in their system that’s causing it.

The study was done by the Cambridge University of Britain and was published in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

In the study, the diets of the volunteers were changed. Two appointed days were chosen and were given the names Serotonin Depletion Day and Placebo Day.

On the Serotonin Depletion Day, the volunteers were given a combination of amino acids which lacked tryptophan, the building block for serotonin. This had an effect similar to what happens when a person does not eat.

On the placebo day, the volunteers were given the same mixture but with a standard amount of tryptophan. This had an effect similar to what happens when a person eats.

The volunteers were then made to view images depicting facial expressions such as anger, sadness, and neutral expressions. While this was going on, the brains of the volunteers were scanned using functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI. Through this exercise the researchers were able to measure how different brain regions responded to and communicated with each other.

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The results showed that for volunteers with low brain serotonin, which happens when a person has not eaten, communication between the amygdala and the frontal lobes were weak. The opposite holds true when the volunteers’ serotonin levels were normal.

So to be able to control your emotional response to anger, eat regularly and healthily. Eating regularly and eating healthily will ensure a good level of serotonin, the key to controlling emotional responses to anger.

Guest Post by:

Siena Lombardi is an established writer for the Accessrx blog, where the exciting health news for the day is broken down. She hold a degree in communication and actively participates on the Accessrx website, which promotes safe medications online to USA customers.

Finding a Diet that Works Quickly for You

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It is not easy to find a diet that actually works, because each of us is very different and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. Everyone want to know which diets that work quickly and easily, but what they should be asking is which diets work quickly and easily for me! We have put together a list of common diets that work that you may be interested in researching and why they might work for you.

Common Diets that Work

The Low Carb Diet – Examples Atkins, South Beach

Who should look at it – If your diet consists of primarily carbohydrates and processed foods then this may be a good diet for you. It will focus your attention on the items you are probably not eating enough of, vegetables and protein. By minimizing or cutting out the carbohydrates completely you will learn to eat foods that are more nutritionally beneficial, and over the long term learn to balance your carbohydrates better.

Support System Diet – Examples Weight Watchers

Who should look at it – if you are looking from some emotional support, or want to find some friends who have the same interests as you, then you may benefit from joining Weight Watchers. The New Weight Watchers Points Plus Program is a diet that works because it focuses your attention on eating a nutritionally balanced diet, gives you some extra points for yummy splurges and encourages you to take part in activity. You can follow Weight Watchers online and/or with weekly meetings. Tracking what you eat is very beneficial and weekly meetings offer support, encouragement and educational discussions on weight loss topics.

Vegan Diets – Examples The Kind Diet, The Skinny Bitch Diet

Who should look at it – Much attention has been brought to the vegan movement. If you are looking to remove animal products from your diet and want to follow an organic unprocessed diet then a Vegan diet might be for you. This is a very challenging diet to follow and people considering this approach will have to do a lot of research and planning to make sure their vegan diets are nutritionally balanced.

Food Plan Diets – Example Jenny Craig, Nutrisystem

Who should look at it – If you have the money to spend on these more expensive approaches then you may like to take the thinking out of your diet. Having breakfast, lunch and dinner pre-made for you every day is an easy way to stay on your program. If you don’t get bored by the generic frozen or freeze dried packaged foods then this may be a good approach for you to start. It will get you eating a healthy and balanced diet right away while you learn how to eat out, cook healthier and eventually adapt the healthy lifestyle to your day to day routine.

In conclusion, think about what kind of dieter you are and then look for the programs that will work best with your lifestyle. If you pick the right diet for you you will find that you are following a diet that actually works!