5 common Bad Habits that are behind your Headaches and Migraines

5 common Bad Habits that are behind your Headaches and Migraines


Most times when people try to investigate the causes of their recurrent headaches, they like to look out for medical conditions with big names, long spellings and complex explanations. Meanwhile, there are some extremely common habits or lifestyles that can easily go under the radar but are potential causes of headaches and migraine.

Today, I would be sharing with you, 5 common habits that can potentially trigger headaches and migraines in sensitive people.

5. Eating cold foods

Of course you like to have your ice cream and beverages cold. Extremely cold that you get a brain freeze with each mouthful and cannot but grin with each bite.

Well I’m sorry to break it to you but this sudden freezing of the roof of the mouth could set off some nerves in the head that give a sensation of pain. Before consuming any cold food allow it stay out of the fridge for some time and let is lose a bit of that coldness. You should also take cold foods slowly giving it enough time to get warm before swallowing.

4. Skipping meals especially breakfast

Almost everyone has been guilty of this at one point or the other.

Skipping breakfast habitually can contribute to migraines and headaches through several mechanisms:

1. Blood Sugar Fluctuations: Breakfast is often considered the most important meal of the day because it provides the body with the necessary nutrients and energy to function optimally. When you skip breakfast, your body may experience fluctuations in blood sugar levels, especially if you haven’t eaten since the previous evening. Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can trigger migraines and headaches in susceptible individuals.

2. Hormonal Changes: Eating breakfast helps regulate hormone levels throughout the day, including hormones involved in stress response and appetite regulation. Skipping breakfast can disrupt these hormonal rhythms, leading to increased stress hormone levels (such as cortisol) and altered levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin, which are implicated in migraine pathophysiology.

3. Dehydration: Failing to hydrate adequately in the morning can also contribute to headaches and migraines. After a night of sleep, the body becomes mildly dehydrated, and breakfast provides an opportunity to replenish fluids. Skipping breakfast may prolong this period of dehydration, which can exacerbate headache symptoms.

4. Triggers from Delayed Meals: Delaying meals, such as skipping breakfast and waiting until later in the day to eat, can lead to hunger headaches or “hunger migraines” in some individuals. These headaches are often triggered by low blood sugar levels or the release of stress hormones in response to prolonged fasting.

5. Nutritional Deficiencies: Breakfast is an essential opportunity to consume essential nutrients that support overall health and brain function. Skipping breakfast regularly can lead to nutritional deficiencies, such as low levels of magnesium, riboflavin (vitamin B2), and Coenzyme Q10, which are all associated with increased migraine susceptibility.

6. Disrupted Sleep-Wake Cycle: Eating breakfast at a consistent time each morning helps regulate your body’s internal clock and maintain a stable sleep-wake cycle. Skipping breakfast may disrupt this cycle, leading to irregular sleep patterns or poor sleep quality, both of which are known triggers for migraines and headaches.

Overall, habitual skipping of breakfast can disrupt various physiological processes, including blood sugar regulation, hormone balance, hydration status, and nutrient intake, all of which may contribute to an increased risk of migraines and headaches.

3. Poor Hydration

Not drinking enough water throughout the day can lead to dehydration, which is a common trigger for headaches and migraines. Dehydration can affect blood volume and flow to the brain, leading to headaches.

2. Irregular Sleep Patterns

Disrupted sleep or irregular sleep patterns, such as getting too little or too much sleep, can trigger headaches and migraines in susceptible individuals. Poor sleep quality or lack of sleep can disrupt neurotransmitter levels and increase stress, both of which are associated with migraines.

1. Eating less carbs

Yes you read right. Eating less carbs because “Carbs are bad for your” is a terrible mistake that could be behind your headaches (you can read the full this detailed blog on the “low carbs diet” Scam).

 While it is true that taking excessive carbohydrate-rich diet is bad for you, it is important to note that it is the type of carbs that we take in that matters. Most carbohydrate rich foods that are readily available are often low in fibers, over-processed and in fact, lack nutrients. These types of carbs are bad for you, no doubt. However, healthy carbohydrates-rich diets that are high in fibre, minimally processed and packed with nutrients are beneficial for serotonin levels in the brain.

This improved serotonin level in the brain can surely turn your migraine story around. So essentially, say YES to carbs but make sure it’s the healthy carbs.

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