Hunger and Thirst Headaches: What You Need to Know

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Have you ever found yourself in the middle of an important task only to be derailed by an excruciating headache? Or do you get a headache that seems to come out of nowhere? Do you often find yourself nursing a headache when you're too busy and forget that you're past mealtime already? Sometimes, hunger and thirst can be the culprits behind these headaches. Other causes may be a misalignment in the cervical spine that needs more attention and may require Upper Cervical Care. Let's explore how these can affect you and why they set off headaches!


Understanding Hunger and Thirst Headaches

Hunger and thirst can lead to different types of headaches and migraine. It can be due to the body's response to dehydration and low blood sugar levels. Your headache can vary in severity and duration and may be accompanied by other symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. Therefore, it's essential to listen to your body, stay hydrated, eat proper, adequate meals, and ensure you eat on time. Below are possible reasons why headaches happen due to hunger and thirst. 

Blood Sugar Levels

You may think low blood sugar is only a concern for those with health conditions such as diabetes or hypoglycemia. However, even if you don't have these conditions, low blood sugar can cause headaches. When you skip meals, it can cause a drop in the sugar levels in your bloodstream. 

For example, if you skip breakfast because you're running late or you're swamped with too many tasks that you didn't notice lunchtime is over, and you didn't get to eat anymore, headaches may soon follow, resulting from your blood sugar dropping. To prevent this, it's important to eat proper, adequate meals and make sure you eat on time.


Besides skipping meals or consuming certain trigger foods that can trigger your headaches or migraines, not drinking enough water can also be a culprit. In general, headaches may indicate dehydration for some people. Following the recommended water intake daily is important to prevent head pain due to dehydration.

According to the American Migraine Foundation, around one-third of individuals who experience migraines believe dehydration or lack of fluid intake can trigger them. However, dehydration headaches can also occur in individuals who do not suffer from migraines. These headaches may not be as severe as migraines, but they can still be unpleasant and uncomfortable.


Upper Cervical Misalignments and Headaches

In addition to hunger and thirst, another potential cause of headaches is upper cervical misalignments. Upper Cervical Care patients who get regular adjustments to correct the alignment of their uppermost neck bones (atlas and axis) also complain of migraine and headaches.

The Upper Cervical spine supports the head's weight and facilitates movement. Misalignments in this area can put pressure on the nerves that run through it and also put undue stress and pressure on the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tissues.

When these nerves are compressed or irritated, they can send pain signals to the brain, leading to headaches. Various factors, including trauma, poor posture, and stress, can cause upper cervical misalignments. Accidents and injuries from many years back can also be a factor, and these misalignments do not heal on their own. Instead, you must have it corrected by an Upper Cervical Chiropractor.

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Find the Nearest Upper Cervical Care Practice and Enjoy Lasting Migraine Relief

This specialized chiropractic care focuses on keeping the proper balance and alignment of the uppermost part of your spine, specifically the atlas and axis vertebrae. Finding a qualified Upper Cervical Chiropractor is essential for effective management of migraine relief. You may use this directory to find one near you.

If you are experiencing persistent and unexplained headaches, it may be due to upper cervical spine misalignment. While there are many different causes of headaches, misalignments in the upper cervical spine are common causes that can set off headaches. Don't hesitate to get your atlas and axis alignment checked and corrected. Schedule an appointment today!

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