Sunday, October 3, 2010

Gluten headaches and migraine

Every one gets headaches

Billions of people complain of a sore head. Everyone at some stage suffers from headaches. It has been estimated that over a lifetime, only 1% of us escape headaches altogether. Over the course of a year, about 90% of the population will suffer from at least 1 headache.

For migraine, nearly 20% of the population will be troubled with a migraine headache sometime in their life. Gluten is an important factor in this. Gluten might be causing you a headache.


Worldwide, over a billion people at some point will get a migraine. The World Health Organization estimates that there are almost 20 million migraine attacks happening every day.

Migraines will affect about 25% of women and 10% of men at sometime in their life.

Various types of food are implicated in triggering migraine is half of these attacks. And gluten is probably the number one offender. How can you find out?

If you have headaches or migraines, then you need to think about the possibilities of gluten being the problem. There are heaps of medical articles that clearly show gluten to be the number one enemy of chronic headaches.

Why do you get headaches with gluten?

Gluten can disturb the flow of blood to your brain. It is the constriction and dilatation of the brain blood vessels that give you the throbbing headache and migraine.

Gluten can cause a feeling of anxiety that leads to stress. Stress then leads to tension headaches.

Gluten can stimulate the pain senses that will give you a sore tummy, and a sore head.

Gluten can interfere with your nutrition, so that you get run down and more prone to headaches.

Gluten can give you a feeling of exhaustion, and this can lead to poor coping and headaches.

What should you do?

Go through the eClinic diagnosis advice process.

A simple blood test can help you find out if you are reacting to gluten (get the IgG-gliadin antibody test).

Try a gluten-free diet and see if this helps control your headache.

How soon will you get better?

Lots of people with gluten-sensitivity experience headaches. It can take many months (or even years) on a gluten-free diet before feeling fully better again. Damaged nerves take quite a long time to recover – the older you are, the longer it takes to get better.

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