5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache

We all are prone to headaches for various reasons, while the common ones are known and can be cured by specific remedies there are also those causes that are not quite well-known. These causes will continue giving headaches and you don’t even know why. This article discusses 5 strange reasons you have a headache to help you identify such uncommon reasons and cure your headache.

5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache

1: Smoked Meats:

The first amongst the 5 strange reasons you have a headache is the nitrates and nitrites that are commonly used in packaged meat. Be it pastramis or beef jerky, they are preserved for long periods with such preservatives. Nitrates and nitrites are known to trigger headaches in some people, which it is why it is not commonly known. Maintain a food journal to identify such strange things that might be giving you a headache.

5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache Smoked Meats

2: Cheese and Red Wine:

Second amongst 5 strange reasons you have a headache is the tyramine content in certain aged cheese and in red wine. Aged cheese like cheddar and blue cheese contain tyramine. Tyramine is a substance that results out of protein breakdown. This substance restricts the blood vessels which might be giving you that headache.  In addition to this polyphenols in red wine might also be contributing to that headache. If this indeed a reason, restrict your alcohol intake to one drink and consume low-fat processed cheese.

5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache Cheese and Red Wine

3: Dehydration:

Third amongst the 5 strange reasons you have a headache is the lack of fluids in your body. As your body loses water and vital electrolytes the blood vessels narrow down to conserve water. Hence ensure that you consume ample amounts of water, replacing the water you are losing. On an average you have to consume 3-4 liters of water every day, more so during the summer.

5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache Dehydration

4: Frozen Foods:

Fourth amongst the 5 strange reasons you have a headache is the quick consumption of frozen food. Though this is not long-lasting, consuming very cold food gives you something called the brain freeze. This is more so with people who have sensitive teeth. The nerve endings on the teeth and in turn your head hurts. If you notice getting quick headaches when you eat cold food, consider consuming frozen at a slow pace.

5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache Frozen Foods

5: Caffeine:

Fifth amongst the 5 strange reasons you have a headache is the consequence of quitting caffeine. Withdrawal symptoms of coffee include headache. Coffee has certain physiological effects upon quitting. However there is no alternative to make these headaches go away. It is hence recommended that you quit coffee slow, to tune down the withdrawal headaches.

5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache Caffeine

So, if you have a headache that is caused for no apparent reasons, more often than not they are caused due to one of the above reasons.

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Bill Schroder

Bill Schroder is a Beirut-based correspondent for The World Beast. He has reported from over a dozen countries in the Middle East for such publications. Follow: Tweets by @SchroderBill