- Last Updated on Saturday, 23 March 2013 14:30
What Causes Headache?
Headache and Migraine: Prevalence, Causes and Treatment
Recent studies* have shown that a common cause of headaches and migraines is food intolerance - the inability to digest some foods. In fact - chronic headache or frequent migraines are Red Flag warnings that you have food intolerance - which if left untreated can develop into chronic disease.
With Food Intolerance - semi-broken down proteins damage the small intestine - and allow foreign materials into the bloodstream. This sets off an immune response - usually inflammation. The brain's membranes are easily affected - and headaches and migraines are common first responses.
"Dear Deborah, My neurological issues have reduced significantly! This is great, since it was the category that was giving me the most grief. I have had two to four migraines with aura per month for the last two years. I have now gone 31 straight days without one! That's huge! . . . My skin issues have diminished significantly. My musculo-skeletal symptoms have decreased to almost nothing. Thanks, Bob Sawitski
Headaches are caused by inflammation of the brain's delicate membranes
Prevalence of Headache and Migraine in Children and Adults
The prevalence of headache and migraine amongst westernised countries is high - we believe too high. And it applies to both adults and small children alike.
In one study in Finland researchers found that seven year-old children starting school are suffering headache and migraine at any increasing rate:
- Almost 52% of the children studied had suffered headache in the last 6 months (up from 14% previously)
- And almost 6% had experienced migraine (up from 2% previously)
In addition - for adult Americans from a 2003 study - in any given year:
- 90% of men and 95% of women suffer headache
- They spend $2 billion annually on over-the-counter headache medications alone
- More than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic recurring headaches (more than 14 per month)
- 28 million suffer from migraine headaches - and 70% are women
- More than 20% of all young people (15 - 25) in the US experience chronic headaches
The causes of Headache are various. But if you can rule out jaw or neck injury, almost all the other occurrences of headache can be slated back to Food Sensitivity - directly or indirectly. Food sensitivity or Food Intolerance is when you cannot fully digest certain foods.
Chronic or recurring headaches are almost always food related. Specifically they happen because of your food intolerance: the inability to fully digest certain foods. Therefore a major cause of your headaches and migraines could be one of:
- Gluten intolerance
- Dairy intolerance
- Yeast sensitivity
- Other possibilities include Corn Allergy and Nightshade Vegetables
Of course you will not have all these sensitivities - probably only one, maybe two. To learn more – sign up for the free e-book ‘How To Tell If You have Food Intolerance’
If your headaches or migraines are chronic or frequent you must see your doctor. Otherwise:
Find your Food Intolerance:
Choose the natural, no-drug alternative. We believe it's best to find the actual cause of your headaches (your food intolerance). When you identify and substitute that food for other yummy foods, you'll get well within a few days. And now there are dozens of delicious food options - with new ones appearing on supermarket shelves every month - so substituting is easy.
Find your food intolerance guaranteed with the Healing Program
"I took your advice and the results have been fantastic. My headaches have reduced drastically as well as the regular wheeziness.
The biggest difference has been with the minor migrains i used to get after exercise...the hotter i got and the harder i worked out...especially running.....i would always end up with a massive headache that would last the rest of the day.
My husband and i love competing in triathlons, so in order for me to survive these headaches, i would take nurofen before a race (or workout) and then straight after....often i would still get the headache but sometimes not as bad. Now we have investigated a number of areas including my salt levels, neck and muscular problems and water intake, but nothing has solved the problem. It was getting to the point where i was scared to work out too hard (especially in summer) for fear of what i'd live with for the rest of the day......and with children...that's not good!
Since being free of those foods i have been able to train hard and not have the headaches....it has been AMAZING....i thought it was something i would just have to live with.....so thanks a million!!!! Erica"
Blame your parents! Food intolerance is genetic . . . it's in your genes! You got it from your parents, grandparents and other ancestors!
That also means - if you have children - you have already passed on the same genetic material to your sons and daughters. Don't you think it's best to find out which of the four main food intolerances you have - so you can share this precious information with other family members (older and younger)?
To learn more – sign up for the free e-book ‘How To Tell If You have Food Intolerance’
You can choose to do nothing of course. But chronic pain like migraine or headache is a warning sign that you could develop further health issues. It's like a Red Flag - so it's a very useful alarm signal.
The Power of a Journal to find Your Food Intolerance
A journal puts system into your exploration. It's easy. All you do is track your symptoms as you switch a few foods. Have a look at the purpose-designed Detection Diet Journal in the Healing Program.
You'll also need food substitution guides so you can enjoy a wide variety of great foods. The full series of six Complete Guides (to Gluten-free, Fructose-Free etc. ) is included in the Healing Program.
RESEARCH & REFERENCES
All foodintol® information is based on research from peer-reviewed medical journals