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CAN SUGAR CAUSE HEADACHES?…

Can sugar cause headaches?

Migraine Relief Centre has written an article on how sugar can cause headaches. They write that consuming too much or too little sugar can trigger head pain, especially for those with conditions like diabetes. This happens because of changes in your blood glucose level.

The sugar itself doesn’t cause the pain, but sugar-heavy foods spike your blood sugar levels. The quick change in your blood glucose level can directly affect your brain. That swing from low to high sugar levels is what can trigger a headache. If your migraine attacks appear to be triggered or made worse by having low blood sugar levels, make sure you have small, frequent, low-sugar meals.

Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints.

Eating too much sugar can also trigger reactive hypoglycemia, as your body fights to stabilize the levels of sugar in the blood — also known as a ‘sugar hangover‘.

If you suspect that sugar may be a migraine trigger, keep a migraine diary and food log to identify any correlation between what you eat and when you experience headaches or migraines. If you find a connection, talk to your doctor about hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia and how best to take care of your health. 

An isolated sugar headache can be treated with over-the-counter medicine and (sugar-free) hydration, but chronic sugar-related headaches should prompt a trip to your doctor or headache specialist.  

You can have a sugar headache and not a migraine as the headaches caused by glucose and your brain are also related to hormones activated by sugar levels.

In general, you should maintain a blood sugar level between 70–120 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). This number may change if you have diabetes or another health condition. Always follow your doctor’s recommendations about blood sugar levels.

Some conditions, like diabetes, may also make you more likely to experience sugar-related headaches. That’s because you may have an increased risk for hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Those who have diabetes are prone to sugar headaches as their blood levels quickly fluctuate. But diabetes is not the only cause of these headaches, so monitor your diet before jumping to conclusions.

Maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle may reduce the frequency of sugar headaches, but don’t hesitate to get professional help if you need it. 

A few tips and tricks to avoid that headache from taking over your day. Sleeping in even just for half an hour can cause a headache, in particular for coffee lovers as the caffeine affects the blood vessels in the brain and reduction when you sleep in, exacerbated by low blood sugar due to a late breakfast, can cause pain.

Dehydration is another trigger for a headache so when the temperatures rise make sure you are taking in lots of fluids.

Acupuncture, Yoga nd a head massage can reduce intensity and frequency of headaches but always contact your GP if the headache does not go away.

Source: Utopia Diabetes Healthline Migraine Relief Centre

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12 TIPS TO HELP YOU FEEL MORE RELAXED AND LESS STRESSED…

  1. Make your bed the minute you get up from it. Your bedroom will look instantly tidier.
  2. After finishing any meal, walk around your home or office at least once or if it’s a nice day walk around the garden and enjoy the outdoor sounds.
  3. Every time you wash your hands, take three deep breaths.
  4. Every time you wash pots, pull your stomach in and count to five.
  5. Take a break from standing by sitting down at intervals throughout the day.
  6. When you turn off your computer for the day, give your desk a quick tidy-up.
  7. Before taking a break from any task, write down the first thing you will do when you return to it.
  8. Write on a sticky note the most important thing you want to achieve that day.
  9. Try and achieve one extra minute of exercise every day.
  10. Chew some gum. Chewing is a great form of stress reduction.
  11. Invest in a diffuser as essential oils may help calm the mind.
  12. Take a nap, 40 winks can recharge you.
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SLEEP SUNDAY – LET’S TALK ABOUT ADRENAL FATIGUE…

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a debilitating condition which happens when your adrenal glands are not functioning together properly. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenals for use in the regulation of blood pressure. In response to stress, the adrenals release greater amounts of cortisol. Adrenal fatigue is thought to occur when the adrenals have become overtaxed by excess cortisol release and can no longer produce levels of cortisol necessary for optimal body function.

Your adrenal glands perform important functions in maintaining your health. When these are not performing properly you end up with constant tiredness. Causes include any kind of excess stress from work, your lifestyle and even relationship problems.

Adrenal fatigue is pretty different from normal fatigue. Though, fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of Adrenal fatigue; there are a lot of other symptoms that are experienced in a person suffering from adrenal fatigue.

Many adrenal fatigue sufferers report symptoms like a feeling of constant tiredness, lack of enthusiasm and even depression. Sufferers also struggle to maintain the acute focus and high energy levels that stressful situations often require. Other symptoms include a craving for salty foods, episodes of low blood sugar, respiratory complaints, allergies, low sex drive and weight gain.

It might happen that patients with adrenal fatigue may not look ill or show any physical illness; they may be unwell or have feelings of tiredness. Usually, patients with adrenal fatigue depend on tea, or coffee so as to prop themselves well throughout the day.

One of the biggest problems is that it is not a recognised condition and sufferers face being dismissed as having nothing wrong. Very often, if a doctor prescribes any medication at all, antidepressants will be the drug of choice.

Another reason adrenal fatigue is miss diagnosed or even under-diagnosed is because of the array of symptoms presented with this condition. If you suspect you may have this condition and you are not getting a diagnosis you could look into a holistic approach.

At the moment there is no pharmaceutical method for how to treat adrenal fatigue, which some naturopaths and doctors of osteopathy consider to be a factor in traditional medicine’s view of the condition. Suggested natural remedies include lifestyle changes such as a low-sugar/low-caffeine diet, avoidance of junk food, a healthy sleep schedule, rest, and nutritional supplementation.

Most people with adrenal fatigue will recover quite quickly but severe symptoms may take some months to recover, or even longer. 

Source: Endocrineweb Patient Info