Are you hungry all the time?
Better you get yourself checked. Your stress levels, drinking habits, and other lifestyle factors may be to blame.
Chewing gum (even sugar free gum), can increase feelings of hunger. When gum is chewed, the saliva that is produced is swallowed and sent to the stomach. The body then looks for food to follow which can make you hungrier.
Sugar substitutes like aspartame can alter the body’s ability to feel full and trigger feelings of hunger. When tasting something sweet, our bodies expect sugar and calories to follow. When this doesn’t happen, our brain is confused and must adapt to a new process.
Many people misinterpret the feeling of thirst for a sensation of hunger. They are actually dehydrated without knowing it because they don’t drink enough water.
Lack of nutrients
Do you eat enough vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats? You may feel hungry if you are not receiving the nutritional benefits of a balanced diet. The body will register a lack of nutrients as hunger no matter how much food is eaten. In other words, you could be “full” but your hunger not satisfied.
Not getting enough good nutrients in your food may also be from a digestive imbalance. The problem of feeling hungry is not always due to inadequate food intake, but poor absorption of nutrients from the digestive system. If you are not getting enough nutrients, your body will still send you messages that say it is still hungry.
When your body hasn’t had adequate rest, it becomes more difficult to produce the hormone leptin, which is responsible for allowing your body to feel full. Sleep deprivation also leads to an increase in the production of the hunger inducing hormone ghrelin.
Eating Processed Foods
Processed foods are often high in calories and low in nutrients. Because of this your body continues to crave sustenance. Additionally, processed food often contains additives and chemicals that can be addictive. Some research has shown that high fructose corn syrup, which is a main ingredient in many processed foods, can slow down production of the hormone leptin, which tells the brain that you are full.
Many people turn to food as a coping mechanism, eating as a way to deal with stressful or negative emotions. This can lead to an unhealthy eating cycle. Stress eating does not reduce negative emotions or anxieties, but rather triggers the need to eat more and leads to weight gain and further anxieties.