Every one gets headaches – brain-pain
Billions of people complain of a sore head. Everyone at some stage suffers from headaches and migraine. 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 one headache. For migraine, nearly 20% of the population will be troubled with a migraine headache sometime in their life. Did you know that gluten is an important factor: yes, gluten might be causing you a headache.
Migraines gone. None for months!
I’ve just seen Andrea at her follow-up appointment. She is a 10-year-old who came to see me because of her debilitating gluten headaches and migraines. She had been missing several days of school every week, feeling moody and depressed. We measured her Anti-Gliadin-Antibody (AGA) and this was very high: so she quit gluten. She told me that she had no migraines over the last 3 months, that her tummy pains have gone, and that she also feels happy and energetic. A remarkable transformation.
Worldwide, over a billion people at some point will get a migraine. The World Health Organization estimates that 20 million migraine attacks happen 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 in 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 brain-pain with gluten?
- 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.
- Cause a feeling of anxiety that leads to stress. Stress then leads to tension headaches.
- Stimulate the pain senses that will give you a sore tummy, and a sore head.
- Can interfere with your nutrition, so that you get run down and more prone to headaches.
- Give you a feeling of exhaustion, and this can lead to poor coping and headaches.
What should you do?
A simple blood test can help you find out if you are reacting to gluten (get the IgG Anti-Gliadin-Antibody test if you can). Otherwise, 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.
Have a look at my ebook for more details:
Gluten Brains: the brain–grain connection – http:www.glutenbrains.com