Headache is defined as a pain arising from the head or upper neck of the body. The pain originates from the tissues and structures that surround the brain because the brain itself has no nerves that give rise to the sensation of pain.
Referring to the “The Times of India” in one of the article about headache, a migraine is a common type of headache that usually occurs on one side of the head. A family history of migraine, apart from stress, food and beverages may be responsible for up to 30 per cent of migraines. If you consider some other triggers such as hormonal changes, stress, sleeping habits, and depression , it’s possible that the percentage is actually higher.
One of the most common reasons for headaches due to dietary changes is suddenly switching to a very low calorie diet, in other words, crash dieting. Also, if you start skipping meals or have long intervals between your meals, headache sets in. Even a very low water intake can trigger headaches.
The amount of chocolate can be an issue too, as migraine patients with the diets highest in fat tended to have more frequent headaches.
A very small percentage of people intolerant to the sweeteners suffer from headaches. However, this is more common with the sweetener aspartame and not with the newer sweeteners that use sucralose.
For some people, drinking any kind of alcohol can bring on a migraine. Other compounds in beer, whiskey, and wine that deplete levels of serotonin in the brain could also be triggering migraines.