Unraveling the Mystery of Headaches After Eating

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Have you ever been in a situation where you indulged in a sumptuous feast and experienced a dull to intense headache four to five hours after? How many times has it happened? Did you experience it again after enjoying a delightful meal with your loved ones yesterday? 

Now, before you feel super worried that you might have a dangerous health condition, you should read on to learn about a postprandial headache. It’s one of the least known types of headaches that affect some patients seeking help from healthcare professionals. Are you familiar with this type of headache? Learn more about it and find out if you can address it with the help of an atlas bone adjustment.


Identifying the Postprandial Headache Culprits

Recognizing the possible culprits of your head pains is the first step in managing post-meal headaches. Two examples of these are food triggers and atlas subluxation. Learn how they can set off intense headaches after eating so you can better cope during an attack.

Food Triggers

Foods are common culprits for postprandial headaches. That is because certain foods contain chemicals that can trigger migraines by increasing blood flow to the brain, causing inflammation, and releasing neurotransmitters that cause pain. 

We suggest limiting your consumption of foods with high levels of histamine, tyramine, or nitrates. These include aged cheese, red wine, chocolate, processed meats, and fermented foods. You should also consider avoiding products that you’re sensitive to. These can include nuts, gluten-rich bread and sauces, dairy products, and citrus fruits. 

In addition, it’s recommended that you keep a food diary. This will help you identify patterns in your headaches and eliminate suspected trigger foods one at a time to determine which ones cause problems for you.

Atlas Subluxation

An atlas subluxation occurs when the atlas bone, the first vertebra in the spine, becomes misaligned. This often happens or develops due to an injury, prolonged poor posture, and repetitive neck strain. When the atlas bone is misaligned, it puts pressure on the nerves and blood vessels in the neck area, leading to migraines and other types of headaches. It can also increase risks for TMJ disorders - a health concern widely associated with postprandial headaches.

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Manage Painful Headaches More Effectively with Atlas Bone Adjustment 

If you're tired of suffering from postprandial headaches or any headaches in general, atlas bone adjustment might be the solution you're looking for. This chiropractic technique focuses on the alignment of the top two vertebrae in the spine, which are responsible for supporting the head's weight and protecting the brainstem.

When these vertebrae are misaligned, they can put pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that supply the brain, leading to headaches and other health problems. Upper Cervical Chiropractic adjustments aim to correct this misalignment by gently realigning the vertebrae and helping the body function smoothly.

If you're interested in trying atlas bone adjustment, you can use Upper Cervical Awareness' free Find-a-Doctor tool to find a trusted chiropractor in your area. By working with a qualified professional, you can get the personalized care and support you need to manage your headaches and enjoy a better quality of life.


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