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Old 02-11-2009, 07:03 PM   #1
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Default Is there a link between eating sweets and headaches?

It seems like everytime I eat sweets for a while now, I get a headache! A FIERCE headache! I didn't really put the two together for a long time, I just knew that when I ate I ended up getting sick, but it seems like I've figured out that it's more when I eat sweets that it happens. Does this happen to anyone else? Does anyone have any idea if there is a connection, and if so, what it might be?
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:27 PM   #2
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Chocolate can trigger a migraine....Well, the caffiene in it. My first migraine came on after an afternoon of chocolate munching at my aunt's house....
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:32 PM   #3
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There's a reason some nutrition gurus recommend that we eat several small meals a day: It keeps our blood sugar on an even keel. Dieting, fasting, skipping lunch -- they all can cause you to bottom out, which may trigger a headache.
Why it hurts: Experts believe low blood sugar may stimulate nerve pathways that bring on these common headaches, but the exact mechanism is murky.
What to do: Uh, eat? Exactly. But remember that what you grab may play a role in whether your headache returns. "Sugar headaches" may occur when we binge on sweets on an empty stomach. The spike in blood sugar ratchets insulin levels, which eventually cause blood sugar to sink even lower. Instead, balance a protein with a complex carbohydrate, such as fish and brown rice, or a snack of whole-wheat toast with almond butter. Martin adds that eating foods rich in magnesium (spinach, beans, nuts, and seeds) and riboflavin (dairy products, lean meats, leafy greens, enriched breads and cereals) may prevent and alleviate head pain. Riboflavin is a B vitamin; large doses are thought to help prevent migraines.
Bear in mind, too, that cheese, chocolate, lunch meats, caffeine, and additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG) may trigger headaches. In general, if you suffer from moderate, severe, or frequent headaches (more than two a week), consult a headache specialist about your diet. You may need to keep a food diary to hunt for culprits.

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Shelbie cannot have caffeine due to migraines and acid reflux.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:43 AM   #6
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If I eat nothing but sweet stuff and drink coke, then I get a headache plus being really light headed.

I don't often do that, because other than cokes, I don't really like sweet stuff.
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Old 02-12-2009, 08:39 AM   #7
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Sugar makes my joints ache so I think it can do all sorts of things to people. I can do some, but there is a point that I go over my limit and that is when I have problems. Maybe you can test out just a little and see if that bothers you.
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:46 PM   #8
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OMGosh, I had forgotten that I posted this! Sorry that I'm just now getting back to it.

Thank you for all of the information. I've got a lot of reading to do now. I hope there is something in there that will tell me what's going on. I don't know if it's completely connected to the sweets or not, I just know that it seems like everytime I eat, I get a fierce headache, and most times a really bad upset stomach as well. I've said to DH a dozen times, "I'm just gonna stop eating"!!! Oh, if only I could.....for a couple of reasons!
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