Migraine Headaches And Weight Loss Diets

Migraine Headaches And Weight Loss Diets
Migraine Headaches And Weight Loss Diets

MigraineInformer.com - Do you frequently follow self-made weight loss diets? Big mistake! The weight loss at all costs only evil can do to your health, because it can cause various problems, from migraine headaches to fatigue and constipation. Time for a diet? It is the time of the year when many people are deciding to start a weight loss diet and are looking for weight loss tips to lose the weight gained during the winter. Most times the weight loss diet is given to us by a friend or it is invented by ourselves and is based on:
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • The consumption of the same food every day for a long time
  • The exclusion of carbohydrates.

To exclude from our diet some food for one or two weeks is not very dangerous, but it can become dangerous when we follow for a long time a diet that deprives our essential nutrients, leading to the occurrence of:
  • Headaches
  • Tiredness, difficulty in concentration and memory holes
  • Constipation
  • Monthly cycle disorders
  • Urinary arthritis
  • Fluctuations in the availability
  • Frequent colds

Headaches and Weight loss

The headache may be due to a deprivation diet based only on fruits and vegetables. The exclusion of carbohydrates, fats and proteins from our diet, foods that give us energy, causes a temporary reduction of sugars, generally known as “hypoglycaemia”. The body, because of the lack of carbohydrates, is directed to take action to store our body fat, putting into operation a biochemical process, that converts fat into energy, resulting in the deposits of fat consumed and the person to lose weight. The process however adds to the body, apart from energy, and a quantity of toxins which causes headaches, which subsides when the toxins are eliminated through urination, and breathing. To stimulate the body again and feel well should soon return to a balanced diet.

On the other hand some foods are accused of being a major cause of migraine headaches. Some of these types of food are: chocolate, cheese, citrus, fat and fried food, , tea and coffee, meat (especially pork) and some seafood. Of course this should not be taken as a rule because not all people suffering from migraine headaches are negatively affected when they eat these foods.

What food is causing your migraines?

If you have noticed some sensitivity to certain types of food, you should start a diet, which does not include the ‘suspect’ foods. If the migraine subsided, then enter again that food type in your diet. If migraines occur again, then you will be able to control with certainty their headaches by avoiding these foods. But in this case, the dietician should provide alternative foods, of same nutritional value to those that will be removed in order to ensure an adequate nutritional intake.

How can we prevent a migraine crisis during a weight loss process?
  • Avoid foods to which we have found sensitivity to migraine headaches
  • Take regular meals, limit sweetened snacks (sugar, sweets, honey, chocolate) and choose foods with complex carbohydrates (such as cereals, bread, potatoes, pulses, rice, pasta)
  • Avoid exhaustive weight loss diets.
  • Drink plenty of water (2 litters daily).
  • Restrict the consumption (not total deprivation) of beverages containing caffeine (coffee, tea, soft drinks type cola) and alcohol.
  • Check carefully all food labels for vitamin «E» (nitrites and nitrates).
  • It has been found that fatty fish helps prevent migraines. Also, research in the United States showed that fish oil supplements reduced by half the migraine crises and also reduced their intensity.

Migraine headaches general information
  • The pain is very intense and usually occurs in one hemisphere of the brain.
  • Apart from the diet, the migraines can be attributed to stress, various nerve or endocrine disorders, allergies, a cold, an infection, high blood pressure, vision problems, poor body posture.
  • Migraine headaches can be accompanied by nausea, tendency to vomit, and intolerance to light, or photophobia (common migraine).
  • The two-thirds of sufferers are women (probably due to hormones).
  • It can affect all ages but appears for the first time between childhood and adulthood, possibly in pregnancy, and rarely after 50.
  • Women are affected more often before their menstruation cycle.

6 Nutrition elements suspected to cause migraine headaches :


1. Exhaustive weight loss diets or lack of frequent meals

The migraine headaches crisis is exacerbated by the lack of regular meals, and any sudden or exhaustive weight loss diet. This happens because the famine can cause hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar), which essentially leads to the start of headaches.

2. Foods containing caffeine, tyramine and glutamic mononatrio

This suggests that the glutamate mononatrio, a flavor enhancer used in many restaurants (especially in Chinese food) or in many processed foods, has been accused to cause migraines.

Over consumption of caffeine or even the sudden rehabilitation of this can also trigger a crisis. It was also found that tyramine is related to 15% of migraine headaches crises. Foods rich in tyramine are cheese, beer, bananas, chocolate, smoking, the salted and processed meat or fish, liver (Beef or chicken), some beans, the soy sauce, the overripe fruit, sausages, ham, sausage, the soup powder. Overall, food that is not fresh or fresh cooked has greater quantity of tyramine.

3. Alcohol and particularly red wine

The alcohol and especially the red wine also contain flavonoids and phenolic (and tea), responsible for migraines.

4. Food additives

The artificial sweetener aspartame, which dominates the light (diet) products, contains the amino acid phenylalanine and is associated with migraine headaches. The nitrite preservatives in foods (bacon, salami, sausage), preserved meats or fish (smoked meat, salmon), pre-cooked food (meat, fish, vegetables, powder for soups, sauces) are also associated with migraine headaches.

5. Dehydration

It has been observed that people who do not receive adequate amounts of water, often face more headaches and migraines. Furthermore, alcoholic drinks, coffee and tea can cause dehydration.

6. Non-balanced diet

Usually weight loss diets that are high in protein and low in carbohydrates, promote the emergence of migraine headaches.

In this article we have seen the tight relationship between migraine headaches and weight loss diets. It is important when you follow a weight loss diet not to exclude any food type from your diet because this can be a major cause of migraine headaches.

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