What Causes Hunger Pangs and How Can You Manage This Symptom

What causes hunger pangs?

Hunger pangs are involuntary abdominal pain that occur when you have not eaten for some time. They may be caused by many different things such as:

Not having enough food to eat. Not being able to get enough nutrition from your diet due to poor diet habits or lack of interest in eating (for example, if you don’t exercise regularly).

Your body’s inability to digest certain foods properly. Certain medications and medicines which interfere with digestion. Lack of physical activity.

The exact cause of hunger pangs is unknown, but they are thought to be related to hormonal changes in the body.

How can I manage hunger pangs?

There are several ways you can try to reduce or eliminate hunger pangs:

1) Eat small meals frequently.

Eating smaller amounts throughout the day will make it easier for your digestive system to work efficiently and prevent overworking it during the night. If you need to eat every few hours, then it is best to eat small portions at each meal rather than large ones.

2) Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Water helps flush out toxins and excesses in your body. Drinking lots of fluids throughout the day will help keep your blood pressure up and prevent dehydration.

3) Exercise regularly.

Regularly exercising will help keep your heart rate up, improve circulation, and increase energy levels all around. It will also help your digestive system work more efficiently.

4) Eat a healthy diet and reduce consumption of junk food.

Your body needs nourishment to stay healthy, so make an effort to eat healthily. Eating junk food causes your digestive system to work harder than it needs to and can lead to malnutrition.

5) Try eating foods that are known to be easily digested.

There are certain types of foods that are easier for your body to digest than others. Dairy products, for example, are known to be easily digested by most people.

6) Eat foods that are known to reduce nausea and vomiting.

There are certain types of foods that can help keep your nausea and vomiting under control. Ginger is a good example of such a food.

It is the main ingredient in ginger snaps and is often used to make tea. You can also try eating small portions of easily digestible foods such as toast or crackers at mealtimes.

7) Eat slowly and stop eating when you feel full.

Eating too quickly or overeating can cause you to feel sick. It is best to eat slowly and only eat as much as your body tells you that it needs.

8) Try not to worry about your nausea or vomiting.

Worrying about your symptoms can actually make them worse, so try not to stress over your condition too much.

9) Avoid stress in general.

Stress is a natural part of life, but too much of it can worsen your condition. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga to help keep your stress levels down.

10) Eat the right kinds of foods to help with nausea and vomiting. There are certain kinds of food that are thought to help with nausea and vomiting caused by stomach disorders.

Low fat plain or vanilla yogurt, for example, may settle an upset stomach. You could also try bananas or crackers in very small portions.

11) Eat foods to help your blood count. Eating foods that help your blood cell count can be a good way of helping keep down the nausea and vomiting.

Foods such as green leafy vegetables, beans, or fish are all good sources of iron and other minerals that can help you feel more like yourself.

You’ve been reading a book for almost an hour when it hits you. A wave of nausea followed by a sudden urge to vomit.

You leap out of your seat and dash towards the bathroom. You just make it to the toilet before your stomach empties itself. You heave and spew but only a little bit comes out. Your vomit primarily consists of bile, which doesn’t sit well with your already protesting stomach. The moment you look at it the nausea returns and you begin heaving once again. You dry heave a couple more times before the nausea finally subsides. You take a few minutes to relax and catch your breath before you attempt to stand.

You’ve been so busy throwing up that you failed to notice your mother standing outside the bathroom door, waiting anxiously for you to come out. As soon as she sees you stand she rushes towards you.

“I heard all the retching and moaning.

Are you OK?”

She sounds concerned.

“Yeah, I’m fine now.” You reassure her while rubbing your stomach.

“You don’t look fine. You’re so pale.

Let me help you to bed.”

“I’m fine!” You snap.

Your mother steps back as if you’ve slapped her across the face.

“I’m sorry.” You tell her immediately realizing you were too harsh.

“I’m just really worn out. I want to go lay down.”

Seeing no other choice in the matter, she helps you to bed. You manage to fall asleep shortly after your head touches the pillow.

You sleep long into the afternoon. When you wake, your stomach has settled down and you feel like yourself again.

You wonder if there was something in that water you drank at Kyle’s party that made you sick or maybe it was just a 24 hour bug. In any case, you’re glad to be feeling better and with that out of the way you can focus on getting out of here and finding Claire.

You spend the rest of the day lounging around the house watching TV and trying to get caught up on all the homework you’ve fallen behind on. You’re not really focused on any of it though, your mind keeps wandering back to Claire.

You’ve been having a hard time concentrating on anything other than her ever since this whole thing started. You’re starting to wonder if you have some sort of obsessive disorder or something.

You think back to high school when you first started having feelings for her. You were nervous and didn’t know what to do so you followed her into the girl’s bathroom one day and planted a kiss on her.

She slapped you and told you to never do that again…which naturally made you want to do it all the time.

Eventually the two of you started dating and you found that you were extremely jealous of any guy who showed the slightest bit of interest in her. It got to a point where she told you if you didn’t get a grip she was going to break up with you.

You took the hint and tried to dial back your feelings but that just made you more depressed and caused your academic performance to suffer. Thankfully your mom got you a therapist and you were able to talk out your issues which made things better for a while.

And now here you are feeling the same exact way. The difference is this time you’re determined to make it work.

You’re going to find Claire and bring her home if it’s the last thing you do.

The next day you go back to school as usual. You’ve missed too much already and your parents wouldn’t be happy if you missed any more.

They’ve been really great about all this, actually. They could have easily taken away your electronics or something similar but all they’ve told you is you need to focus more on your studies and be home before dark. They seemed to know you needed your alone time to process everything that’s happened and have given it to you.

You walk into first period and see Claire sitting at her seat. You take your seat next to her and try to start a conversation.

“Hey Claire.”

She gives you a quick smile but it’s forced. It’s obvious she still doesn’t want anything to do with you.

This makes you sad, you don’t remember her ever being this mad at you before. You can’t let it get to you though, you have to keep your cool and stay focused on the goal. That’s getting her to go out with you.

After class you walk up to her as she’s grabbing her things.

Hey Claire, can we talk a minute?”

“I think you’ve said enough.” She says coldly.

You reach out to touch her shoulder but she slaps your hand away. You’ve never seen her this angry before, at least not at you.

What did I do wrong?”

You ask.

What did you do wrong? Are you serious?

You cheated on me with my older sister for one thing!”

What?

No, that’s not how it happened.”

You go on to explain how you needed a fake ID to get into the bar and Victoria asked if you were Claire’s boyfriend. You tried to lie and say you were her brother but Victoria saw right through it and realized you were lying.

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