Headaches everyday can make daily life intolerable. Some people’s headache and migraine triggers include foods such as aged cheese, red wine and chocolate. Other migraine triggers may be excessive consumption of coffee and sugar, dehydration, digestion deficiencies, and allergy-like food reactions. For other people, migraine symptoms can result from fluctuations in blood sugar, mineral imbalances, and food sensitivities. Headaches in children or migraines in children may occur because of difficulty digesting excess sugars in high carbohydrate foods. To learn more, click on the articles above.
The vast majority of headaches have their roots in food sensitivities or digestive or dietary imbalances. Find out how fixing your gut can relieve your headaches.
If you suffer from headaches, you may have tried a number of different approaches to get relief from your headaches including over the counteror prescription drugs. You may have even experimented with alternatives such as chiropractic, massage and acupuncture, but find that your headaches return.
One highly effective approach for eliminating headaches, which you may not have considered, is to test for food intolerances and improve your digestion. There’s an important link that many people do not consider between headaches and digestion. If you experience both bloating and headache, chances are that digestive problems may be at the root of your headaches.
Many headaches develop a pattern that goes something like the following: The headache may start as tight muscles at the base of the skull and neck. The pain may then spread up the back of the head or around one side of the head. Sometimes the pain may wrap around the head behind or above the eyes like a hatband. Your pain level may vary and can be anything from a dull ache, to what many describe as a full-blown migraine headache. This type of headache is most often associated with fluctuations in blood sugar or mineral imbalances that occur when your digestion is compromised. Digestion is the fuel that nourishes your body, allowing it to obtain glucose, amino acids from protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. If you suffer from less than adequate digestion, your body will not have optimal blood sugar control. Swings in blood sugar are a major factor in creating headaches because when blood sugar drops, muscle contractions which produce neck and headache pain result.
Many symptoms of digestive stress occur with headaches. Patients have even told us they have gas and headaches together. A few patients have even called it a gas headache. Some patients even say they have a digestion migraine. Once patients understand the connection between headaches and digestion they often report that they have a digestion migraine. The good news is that if you scientifically modify your diet versus guessing at which foods cause your headache, and improve your digestion, and reduce food sensitivities, you’ll be able to eliminate most of these headaches.
Some people experience headaches where there’s pain at the top of the skull. Often these headaches are the result of bowel toxicity and liver stress. You may have even experienced one of these “hangover” headaches after a night of excessive drinking or eating too many rich foods. Improving digestion, elimination, and nourishing the liver can help you prevent these types of headaches.
Some women may experience headaches around menses or mid cycle each month. What’s the connection to food you may ask? Hormonal production requires adequate digestion and utilization of both fats and proteins. During menses the body will also require increased amounts of selected nutrients. If your ability to digest and utilize food is compromised your body will not be able to deliver these nutrients, and headaches may result.
Certain foods may trigger your headache. Migraine triggers include aged cheeses, red wine, chocolate and cured or smoked meats. You may find that excessive amounts of coffee or sugar give you a headache. A recent study showed that a large percentage of subjects got headaches when they consumed wheat and gluten products. It makes sense since gluten can affect the digestive system and the brain as well. Hence your gas and headaches may be related!
Determining which foods cause your headaches can be a frustrating process, because you may be intolerant to several different foods. Thus eating a small amount of a food that you are intolerant to may not produce any symptoms, but small amounts of several foods that you are intolerant to may produce symptoms. Hence finding which foods you are intolerant to may be like hunting for a needle in a haystack. If you experience gas, bloating after eating, and headaches, or have digestion migraine headaches schedule a consultation. Professional testing and treatment from the Digestion Relief Center can help you live life without the pain of chronic headaches.
Addresing food and digestion related causes of your headaches might just be the best thing that you’ll ever do for your health.
Most of us have experienced the dreaded headache. A bad headache makes life harder and more stressful, and at times almost impossible to get through the day. Wouldn’t it be great to know what causes our headaches so that we could avoid the pain? Missed time at work? Missed time with loved ones?
Low Blood Sugar or Hypoglycemia is a Major
Cause of Headaches
Headache Causes - Headache Remedies
Many headaches suffers know that some headaches can be triggered by food sensitivities such as caffeine, chocolate, red wine and aged cheese. Chemical and environmental sensitivities such as perfume, laundry detergent and carpets to name a few, can also trigger headaches. Dehydration can be another factor, especially in the summer.
One thing that may come as a suprise is that many headaches can be caused by low blood sugar or mineral deficiencies, which are directly related to your ability to digest and metabolize the food you eat. This factor is an often overlooked by traditional medicine.
While anti-inflammatory pills may bring temporary relief, these medications do not get to the root cause, and can harm the stomach, kidneys and liver in the process.
Let’s look at the cause of many headaches more closely.
Food is our fuel, right? But if we are not fueled properly, if we have food sensitivities or cannot digest and metabolize our food well, we suffer. Without being aware of it we start to lose our everyday ability to handle our blood sugar levels. When this happens it affects our sleep, our appetite and even our mental health.
For example, some people may get to sleep easily, only to find out that they awaken later in the night and cannot get back to sleep. Many of these people experience this because they have a drop in blood sugar overnight as they fast from eating. And when your digestion is impaired, especially the ability to digest protein, your body looses its ability to convert protein back to sugar. This results in increased nighttime agitation, poor sleep, and headaches.
Protein also transports the mineral, calcium, in our blood. If you don't digest protein well, you develop a calcium deficiency, which tends to produce anxiety, restlessness, and headaches.
When your ability to digest protein or fat is compromised, there is a tendency for people to eat excessive amounts of carbohydrates for fuel. The problem with this is that you end up with rapid up and down swings in blood sugar. As you eat large amounts of carbohydrate, your blood sugar may rise rapidly, and then fall dramatically as insulin helps your cells absorb all the sugar. Falling blood sugar may cause shakiness, sweats, rapid heartbeat, irritability and headaches.
Consumption of excessive amounts of carbohydrates also causes the body's pH to become acidic because you loose your alkalizing minerals. Acid pH can produce muscle contractions in the neck, which again, can trigger digestion headaches.
Eventually, people with a malfunctioning low/high blood sugar begin to experience insulin resistance and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), which leads to a pre-diabetic state.
In my clinical practice, 80-85% of headaches are the result of low blood sugar, and its companion, mineral imbalances. Are you one of these people? If you experience gas, bloating after eating, and headaches, or digestion headaches, scheduling a consultation with Dr. Patrick may be the best thing you have ever do to ease your headache pain.