It’s no mystery that Americans eat too much sugar, especially refined sugars or artificial sweeteners. If you are prone to getting hangover-like headaches after a binge of sweet treats, you are not alone. Too much sugar can cause headaches. For some people with migraines, artificial sweeteners can trigger painful migraine attacks. Fortunately, these conditions are manageable. Eat Foods with Less Sugar. Cutting out very single grain of sugar from your diet is not necessary and can be dangerous.
Sugar Causes Dehydration
Many foods are dehydrating or that those foods pull water from the body. You usually wind up urinating more often and sometimes sweating more often. Foods that dehydrate contain caffeine, alcohol or sugar. Too much water leaving the body too fast can cause a variety of symptoms like dizziness, confusion, nausea and headache. Why does the body pull water when sugar is eaten? Because the body cannot easily digest refined or complex sugars or sweeteners in its bloodstream. It has to dilute the sugar in order to manage it. Diluting takes water, hence sugar dehydration.
People with migraines or migraneurs need to keep a migraine attack diary in order to see what circumstances, foods or beverages trigger attacks. Just why migrianeurs have different triggers are unknown. Many migraineurs discover that artificial sweeteners trigger attacks, however certain sugars may not trigger an attack. Cutting out all sweeteners or sugars can also trigger a migraine. Migraineurs with a sweetener problem need to eat sugar or natural sugar like the fructose in fruit but in small doses throughout the day.
Hypoglycemia and Headaches
Some migraineurs have an additional problem — hypoglycemia or low lood sugar. One of the ways they know that their blood sugar is getting low is by getting a migraine or a headache, which usually happens on both sides of the head, unlike most types of migraines, which happen on one side of the head. Eating a low-sugar and low-fat diet can often help manage both the hypoglycemia and migraines. People with hypoglycemia need to eat about six small meals a day instead of “three squares.” The brain is the first organ that begins complaining when blood sugar levels drop.