Why Do I Get Headaches After Eating Sweets?

Have you ever found yourself savoring a delightful slice of red velvet cake or relishing a mouthful of your sugary treat, only to be hit with a throbbing headache after? It's as if this unwelcome source of discomfort instantly overshadows the joy of indulging in something sweet. Does it always happen? Do you find yourself wondering what kind of headaches do I have? Can sugary treats really trigger dreadful headaches? What other things can set off a painful throbbing in the head? Read on as we investigate the answers to your questions. Find out what you can do to alleviate the pain and experience lasting headache relief.

First things first: What kind of headache do I have?

When throbbing or pulsating headaches happen to you after eating something sweet or following your dedicated dessert time, you probably suffer from sugar headaches. Surprisingly, both an excess and a deficiency of sugar can set off an attack. 

Notably, when you consume large heaps of sugar in a short period or fail to meet the recommended dietary intake for carbs, your blood sugar levels can go on a wild rollercoaster ride. This leads to imbalances in the blood, increasing your risks for debilitating headaches

Some individuals are more prone to experiencing these sugar-triggered headaches than others. So, if you've found yourself reaching for that extra slice of cake or skipping meals only to be greeted with an unwelcome pounding in your head, you're not alone.

Migraine Sufferers Are Prone To Sugar Headaches

If you're one of the many patients living with migraine, you may be more susceptible to experiencing those dreaded sugar headaches. While triggers for migraines can vary from person to person, your diet and food intake play a significant role in your migraine episodes.

Sugar, in particular, can set off these intense headaches, including artificial sweeteners like sucralose can also be potential triggers for migraine attacks. So, even if you've opted for a sugar substitute, it's essential to be mindful of its potential impact on your migraines. While not every migraine sufferer may have sugar as a trigger, it's worth exploring whether your sweet tooth contributes to those agonizing head pains. 

To do that, you must observe your headache patterns and identify possible triggers. What were you doing before your headache happened? Did you eat or drink anything? How was the weather? What about your mood? Were you stressed? Remember, understanding your triggers is crucial to managing and finding relief from migraine-related headaches.

Don’t Forget To Look Into Neck Bone Misalignments As Your Migraine Trigger 

If you're not one to indulge in excessive sweets and maintain a balanced diet yet still find yourself bothered by debilitating migraines and headaches, there might be an underlying cause — a misalignment in your Upper Cervical spine. Yes, an issue in your neck could be the root of your migraine episodes and the source of those throbbing head pains.

So, how does a misalignment in the atlas and axis bones lead to migraines and headaches? When the vertebrae in the upper neck are out of alignment, it can disrupt the normal flow of blood and cerebrospinal fluid, putting pressure on the nerves and surrounding tissues. This interference can trigger a cascade of neurological events, leading to the onset of migraines and the accompanying head pain.

Accidents, injuries, and repetitive stress are common causes of misalignments, and a series of Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments will be able to correct their alignment to help improve the function of the nervous system.

If you've been struggling with migraines and headaches, getting your spine alignment checked by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor can save you from pain and discomfort. Book a visit to an Upper Cervical Care office today!

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