Did you know that the foods you eat might be causing your migraines and headaches? Blood sugar spikes could cause one main reason for regular headaches, and by regulating your blood sugar levels, you can avoid blood-sugar related headaches and feel better overall.
When we eat foods that are high in sugar (especially simple sugars), our pancreas secretes an important blood sugar-regulating hormone known as insulin. However, if the body is insulin resistant and cannot respond to blood sugar levels appropriately, the pancreas secretes too much insulin. This can leave you feeling exhausted, so the body secretes adrenaline hormones to give you a bit more energy.
These hormones have many effects on the body that are responsible for that surge of energy — including constricting blood vessels. Because the blood vessels in the brain are dilating, they push against nerves, which is extremely painful and gives you a stubborn headache. Thus, by regulating your blood sugar levels, you can also work to limit headaches.
1. Eat smaller meals more frequently
You want to focus on regulating your blood sugar levels, meaning you don’t want any sudden spikes or drops. The best way to do this is to eat regularly, having smaller meals and snacks so that your caloric intake isn’t too high.
2. Have a protein-centered breakfast instead of carbohydrates
Simple carbohydrates are usually the main component of breakfasts, but they also lead to spikes in blood sugar levels. Try to replace your carbohydrates with a protein-rich breakfast instead. You don’t have to eliminate carbohydrates; make sure that your breakfast contains enough protein as well.
3. Keep a ‘headache’ log
Keep track of what you eat daily and when you’re getting your headaches. For example, if you notice that you get headaches shortly after eating bread, try to eliminate it and see if it improves your headaches. Not everyone has the same “trigger foods,” so it’s crucial that you find yours.