Headaches are common – thankfully they usually do not represent a serious illness. But the pain can be intense and certainly disrupt your daily activities.
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Everyone gets headaches; some of us just earlier than others. When I was younger, I remember how my mother and grandmother would always have splitting headaches called migraines. They always looked so miserable and I remember thinking how I never wanted to experience those “migraine things”. Luckily, I can only recall having one migraine in my adult life. However, I have fallen victim to the splitting headache multiple times. Anyone else have experience with this?
Most people just take some ibuprofen and call it a day. Eventually, the headache fades away. The problem is that they seem to constantly come back. The root cause is never actually fixed. Take a look at a few of the most common reasons we experience these constant headaches and see if you can determine the cause of yours!
According to a study done by Villanova University, “About 90 percent of Americans consume caffeine in one form or another every single day. More than half of all American adults consume more than 300 milligrams (mg) of caffeine every day, making it by far America’s most popular drug.” When we go long enough without something we are addicted to, our bodies react negatively. Therefore, if you wake up late and don’t have time to get your morning coffee, you can suffer the consequences with a extremely strong headache.
Based on a study by Migrainekey.com, aspartame can produce toxic formaldehyde. Dermatitis is also linked to migraines. Aspartame also decreases serotonin and low levels of serotonin are associated with depression and migraines. Numerous large studies reviewed by researchers at Yale University found that artificial sweeteners can increase the risk of obesity. Obesity also increases migraine risk.
“…skipping breakfast because of sleeping in late or skipping meals due to a busy schedule aren’t just disruptive. These bad habits are also very risky. It’s also dangerous (and ineffective) to skip meals to slim down as a weight loss strategy.”-Vanquish. If the brain isn’t regularly receiving enough glucose, a condition called hypoglycemia can occur. This condition caused by low blood sugar can make it likely for us to experience a food headache.
What do you think? Are you someone who frequently skips breakfast? Do you go for the fake sugar instead of the real thing? Is caffeine addiction the culprit? Keep breakfast as a constant part of your morning routine. If you are trying to wean away from coffee, I hate to say it, but you will have to struggle some serious withdrawal symptoms for about 2 weeks. If you think artificial sugar is causing your throbbing head pains, just simply start by adding regular sugar back in your diet and then slowly decrease your attempts to satisfy your sweet tooth!
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