14 Reasons You Are Hungry All the Time (and How to Fix It)

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14 Reasons You Are Hungry All the Time (and How to Fix It)

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If your stomach growls asking for food and feeling empty it’s not always about being hungry. There are a lot of reasons why you can't find a feeling of fullness and feel hungry even though you have recently eaten. Late-night visits to the fridge for food cravings might be a simple symptom of an improper diet or a warning for a medical problem that you need to check out with your doctor.

Here are some reasons for that feeling and what to do to stop it.

1. Eating too many refined carbs

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Refined carbs can be found in any processed foods especially pasta, baked goods and sugary foods. The lack of fiber makes your body digest them fast so hunger comes fast and the feeling of fullness that comes with eating is just temporary.

It was proven that high fiber foods take longer to be digested so adding fiber into our diet is a good solution here. If you stop constantly fueling your body with refined carbs and replace them with healthier foods like whole grains, brown rice and veggies you will see a distinction in your hunger levels soon.

2. Diabetes

Diabetes specifically type two diabetes is a health issue that can make you feel hungry all the time. Because of diabetes, glucose our source of energy stays in the blood instead of spreading into our cells. This makes the person that has it feel hungry. Many celebrities, including Tom Hanks have been diagnosed with diabetes and but enjoy a great life.

The feeling of hunger is just one of the signs of diabetes that can be diagnosed via a blood test. After a proper check up and through medication and a special diet it can be controlled and these sings will be long gone.

3. Working out a lot

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This is one of the good reasons why you may feel hungry most of the time. If you work out way to much you burn a lot of calories and as a result your body craves more calories. People that exercise regularly and for long duration develop a faster metabolism and a greater appetite.

Training is good for our health in general so the focus should be on what and when we eat. According to studies a nutritious meal before exercising will boost your physical performance and also minimize the possibilities of muscle damage.

4. Being on certain medications

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Increased appetite can also be a side effect of a lot of medications because of certain elements they contain. The most common are cortisol, insulin, clozapine and olanzapine that might be found in diabetes medications, antidepressants or mood stabilizers.

If you gain weight or deal with extensive hunger after taking a new medication it’s best to check out with your doctor and discuss whether it’s possible to alternate your treatment or find another way to control the side effects.

5. Too much stress (emotional eating)

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It is well known that constant anxiety has side effects on our health and increasing our appetite is one of them. Stress eating or emotional eating is a common disorder that proves how excess stress is connected to our feeling of hunger. Anxiety causes an increase of the hormone cortisol and leads to overeating and food cravings for unhealthy snacks.

Stress is a risk factor for obesity and should be handled early. Therapy, meditation and exercise are ways to help you regain your balance and self control and avoid emotional eating.

6. Eating too quickly or when you are distracted

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In our busy lives most of us choose to eat fast and while we are doing other things. Even though it may save you time this habit is not at all good for your health. Scientists say that distracted or fast eating negatively affects our appetite rate increases the calories we get and results in weight gain and constant cravings.

It is essential to give your meals the time they deserve. Take the time to sit down and eat your lunch without getting distracted, carefully chewing and enjoying every bite. That way you will be more aware of your feelings of fullness.

7. Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)

Hyperthyroidism is a malfunction of the thyroid a gland that controls our metabolism through hormones. These hormones are generated into the bloodstream and control metabolism. Having an overactive thyroid means that this gland generates too much thyroid hormone. Increased hunger feelings are part of the signs.

Hyperthyroidism is diagnosed easily and can be treated with either medication that normalizes hormone levels or in excessive cases surgery.

8. Sleep deprivation

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Never underestimate a good night’s sleep Ghrelin is the so called hunger hormone that controls the feeling of our appetite in our brains. Sleep deprivation plays a very essential role since lack of sleep has been shown to increase ghrelin levels and create feelings of hunger.

Maintaining a steady sleep schedule with at least eight hours of sleep will help you control your hormone levels and feel better overall.

9. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or Menopause

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Compulsive eating is a common sign in women that deal with premenstrual syndrome PMS. During the days leading up to a period a woman might have a greater appetite and more intense food cravings. On the other hand the same thing might be experienced in women going through menopause because of hormonal changes and a decrease of estrogen that leads to an increase in hunger.

Sticking to healthy food options like fruits and veggies drinking too much water and including exercise in your life will help you. In case of a serious issue you should always see a doctor since there are treatments that can be considered in these cases or a special diet that can be recommended.

10. Pregnancy

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There is also the pregnancy scenario. In this case your body craves more food for one simple reason: your baby needs to get more nutrients to grow in a healthy way. An increased appetite may be one of pregnancy’s signs among others like a missed period and nausea.

Studies indicate that 50%–90% of pregnant women experience cravings. A pregnancy test will confirm whether this is the reason why you are experiencing these cravings. If so a conversation with your doctor can help you control your hunger and a special diet will assist you in not gaining extra weight.

11. Consuming too much alcohol

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Alcohol seriously affects our appetite. According to researchers alcohol decreases leptin a hormone that is responsible for our feeling of fullness especially when it’s consumed before or during meal. Drinking way too much is considered a risk factor for obesity.

You can leave alcohol out of your life or drink responsibly. You should avoid combining it with eating because it makes you more sensitive to food smells and the brain is then tricked to desire more food.

12. Not drinking enough water

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There are many reasons why drinking water is good for our health a healthy digestive system, heart, brain and healthy skin. Water helps in lowering the feeling of hunger research has shown that people who drink water before a meal eat fewer calories but feel just as full.

Though it may sound strange our brain might mistake the feeling of hunger with the feeling of thirst. Getting proper hydration is essential. Including more water-rich foods, fruits and veggies in your meals will also help you decrease the feeling of hunger.

13. Lack of fat in your diet

Not getting enough fat in your diet can be an issue as getting too much of it when you consume fatty products you slow down gastrointestinal transit time that means that the food remains in your stomach longer and that leads to an increase your feeling of fullness.

A study proved that people that were constantly eating low fat products had more continuous feelings of hunger than people that followed a full-fat diet. Choose to include fish like salmon and tuna, eggs, olive oil and other healthy sources of fat in your diet and stay away of low-fat products.

14. Not getting enough protein

The lack of protein in your diet may be another reason why you have an appetite that’s constantly on. Some qualities in protein help reduce the level of hormones that arouse hunger while creating a feeling of fullness. Athletes choose a diet full of protein because it helps with weight control and boosts our metabolic profile.

Other research has shown that people that ate more protein throughout the day had fewer food obsessive thoughts about food. To get your fill of protein you may try animal products like meat, fish, and eggs and dairy foods and certain veggies and whole grains.

How to Live a Long, Healthy Life, According to the Oldest People on the Planet

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15 Healthy Habits From People Who've Lived to 100

Want to live until you are 100? Your odds are better than you might think. Actually more and more people around the world are becoming centenarians according to the Pew Research Center the number of people age 100 and up is expected to grow eight-fold by 2050.

But blowing out 100 candles on your birthday is not only a matter of winning the genetic lottery. “About two-thirds of your longevity is within your control” said Susan Friedman, MD, MPH, geriatrician and an associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. It's all about making healthy lifestyle changes that's “not only make a difference concerning longevity but in terms of functional status as well” said Friedman. In other words you will be able to get around and feel better as you age.

There is no instruction manual that will guarantee you live to see triple digits there are healthy habits you can adopt now that might increase your chances. Keep reading to learn the doctor approved practices so you can steal them for yourself.

Stretch it out

At 100 years old Tao Porchon-Lynch is the world’s oldest yoga instructor she is taught yoga around the world for more than 45 years and has practiced for over 70 years. The secret to her longevity might be all that stretching. “Most older adults I treat have a physical activity routine they follow religiously and stretching is a key part of it,” said Tanya Gure, MD an internal medicine physician from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Stretching contributes to their ability to have good mobility and decreases their risk of falling.”

Get outside

Becoming a homebody as you age can be tempting but staying socially and also physically active can improve your longevity according to a 2017 study from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Researchers looked at how often folks between the ages of seventy and ninety left the house and how long they lived and found that those that got outside daily lived longer than those which didn't. Getting out of the house regularly might provide older adults with more opportunities to engage in social, cultural and physical activity that in turn boosts their health and longevity want to take your workout outside? Check out these power walking tips.

Don't smoke

One of the simplest ways to improve your chances of living longer? quite smoking “You don’t meet too many 90 and 100 year olds that smoke,” says Dr. Gure. In fact, according to the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General smokers on average die ten years earlier compared to non smokers and experience more health issues and disability as well.

Eat more vegetables

Lessie Brown an Ohio woman that lived to be 114 years old noshed on a sweet potato a day a habit her family attributes to her longevity. And 101 year old Christina Kislak Wahala of Cabot Pennsylvania credits a diet full of fresh vegetables and berries for her long life. Dr. Friedman is not surprised by their success people that live in Blue Zones communities where people live the longest and are the healthiest get at least 80 per cent of their diet from plants she notes. A plant based diet is naturally low in cholesterol and delivers a hearty dose of fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients that maintain your immune system humming and body healthy.

Have faith

Duranord Veillard of Spring Valley New York that lived to be 111 years old told a reporter at his 108th birthday that his faith in God is what allowed him to live a long and healthy life. And he might be on to something a January 2018 study published in International Psychogeriatrics that looked at Italians between the ages of 90 and 101 found that most had a strong bond to their Catholic religion suggesting that faith might play a main role in longevity. Dr. Friedman said that spirituality and having a sense that you are part of a bigger picture can have a tremendous impact on how older adults thrive.

Be social

Studies have shown that people with big diverse social networks have a lower mortality risk compared to those with small and less diverse social networks Dr. Friedman notes that humans are social creatures: “We really need to interact with other people" she said. "When we don’t that can be a problem."

To providing emotional support “family and friends can see if you are getting sick and if you should go to the doctor" says Friedman. "Plus you tend to be more physically active if you are in close contact with friends and relatives as well."

Eat beans

If there is one staple to include in your diet it's beans that are high in fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates. “Beans are magical foods” said Dr. Friedman. In fact they might be the secret to longevity. According to Dr. Friedman each of the original Blue Zones include beans like fava beans, lentils, black beans and soybeans as an essential part of their diet.

Stay positive

A 2012 study from Aging that examined the personality traits of Ashkenazi Jewish people between 95 and 107 years old found that most of them tended to have a positive attitude and a sense of humor those traits could play a role in living a longer life. The same is for elderly residents of rural Italy between the ages of 90 and 101.

Researchers found that the oldest villagers exhibited a unique combination of resilience, grit and optimism that allowed them to deal with life’s ups and downs.

Be proactive

Dr. Gure said that the common thread she notices among her oldest patients is that they are proactive about staying healthy.

“They regularly see their healthcare providers for routine evaluations, vaccinations and management of chronic conditions” she said that means they can detect health issues early. But it’s not just that older adults are making and maintaining their appointments. They have good relationships with their doctors. “We discuss how to be more thoughtful about creating individualized care plans to meet patient’s goals while keeping a better quality of life,” she said.

Keep moving

When 111-year-old Downing Kay was a kid she would dance around the house with her siblings. Now as a super-centenarian she still takes a weekly Zumba class.

“People which do the best are lifelong exercisers” said Dr. Friedman. “A lot of our issues arise because we sit around a lot and that puts us at risk for chronic disease.” Exercise helps counteract risk factors for health issues such as cardiovascular disease and has been shown to boost mood as well.

A 2017 study of more than 130,000 people in Lancet found that getting the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a day or 150 minutes a week decreased the risk of death by 28%. But you don’t have to spend time in a gym to reap the benefits. Incorporating movement such as walking, gardening and hiking into your daily life can make all the distinction.

Give back

According to Dr. Friedman volunteering can help older adults thrive. “They have a lifetime of skills knowledge, and wisdom to offer,” and finding a way to make use of their skills can be really helpful for everyone she says.

Volunteering nourishes social connections particularly ties between old and young generations. “Inter-generational relationships are critically essential for keeping vitality” said Dr. Gure. Programs like Experience Corps engage older adults as volunteers in schools. “They create a wonderful opportunity for interaction,” That helps set the stage for healthy aging by keeping older adults mentally engaged and socially connected she said.

Nosh on nuts

Loma Linda CA is one of the world’s longevity hotspots where residents live on average ten years longer than other North Americans. They not only fill their plates with a lot of whole foods but they eat plenty of nuts either.

A 2001 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that incorporating nuts into your regular diet might boost your life expectancy by 1.5 to 2.5 years. Research shows that a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts reduced the risk of cardiovascular disease by 28%. Nuts contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats that help boost good cholesterol while lowering bad cholesterol levels.

Have a sense of purpose

For Okinawans it’s called “Ikigai.” For Costa Ricans it’s called “Plan de Vida.” For a community of elderly adults living in rural Italy working in their homes and on their lands is what gave them a sense of purpose and helped them live longer according to researchers.

“One thing that’s a common thread among older adults is an understanding of the cycle of life and having a certain level of awareness of what their life means. And they value that” said Dr. Gure. Having a sense of purpose does not just give you a reason to get out the door in the morning it might make you more resilient too. “When you lose a partner or child there’s a certain level of fortitude of strength to move on. Instead of isolating themselves they connect with friends, family and loved ones” she said.

Don't stress

Stress and worry don't only bring on frown lines and wrinkles they can adversely affect your health as well. “High levels of stress weaken the immune system and open up the opportunity for disease to spread in the body” says Christopher Salem, DO a geriatrician at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center in Fountain Valley CA.

Stress can spark inflammation that contributes to chronic diseases like heart issues, diabetes and hypertension. “Most people that live to 100 have learned to go with the flow” stamping out life’s stressors where and when they can he said. While there is no magic recipe for busting stress doctors and researchers recommend finding a way to rest and recharge on a regular basis.

Avoid skipping breakfast

Upon turning 110 Erna Zahn of New Ulm Minnesota told reporters that she eats breakfast every day. Not just does your morning meal provide energy to get the day started it might help you keep a healthy weight. Researchers have found that skipping breakfast might be linked to a higher BMI and waist circumference that are risk factors for metabolic syndrome, heart issues, diabetes and other conditions that might shorten your life.

An Artist Uses a Scalpel to Create Works That Look Like Thin Lace, and It’s Mesmerizing

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An Artist Uses a Scalpel to Create Works That Look Like Thin Lace, and It’s Mesmerizing

In order to create true masterpieces, you don’t always have to have super-expensive tools. Japanese artist Masayo Fukuda has been using a scalpel, paper, and a flashlight for more than 25 years. This small number of tools allowed her to create a whole series of underwater creatures that look like they are real. Masayo not only makes sea creatures — she also creates birds, people, and flowers.

The artist, also known as Kiri Ken (Cutting Sword), works in the Kirie technique. This is a very traditional kind of Japanese art. Masayo lives with her son and husband and takes part in art exhibitions in Japan. Lately, she has gotten a lot of orders and she is planning to open an online shop where you can buy her work. She thinks that her best work is an octopus that took her 2 months to cut out. 


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This Japanese art requires concentration, patience, and attention to detail. What hobby are you ready to spend a lot of time on?
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