The Link Between Migraines and Gluten

People that suffer from migraines typically have one or more triggers that cause the onset of the headache. Many are unable to identify the triggers and therefore continue to suffer with no relief in sight.

It has been found that a large percent of migraines may be triggered by food allergies, environmental sensitivities, and even nutritional deficiencies. Gluten intolerance is becoming a very common food allergy, as awareness about it has become more prevalent.

It is thought that some of those who suffer from migraines, may also have a gluten intolerance trigger.

It is been found that those who suffer from Celiac’s Disease, a severe intolerance to gluten, also have a higher prevalence of migraines.

Those with Celiac’s Disease often find relief from migraines when they start a gluten free diet. They also report a return of their migraines when they have ingested gluten. 

Some clinicians believe that gluten intolerance goes beyond just typical gastrointestinal symptoms. You may also suffer from neurological symptoms if you have gluten intolerance.

Some research suggests that headaches, brain, and nerve damage may also be caused by gluten intolerance. If you are sensitive to gluten, you may experience inflammation of the central nervous system. This could lead to migraines. A natural way to reduce inflammation is to drink cherry juice daily.

A study that was conducted in the United Kingdom in 2001, examined the link between 10 patients that suffered from chronic headaches and gluten sensitivities. It was discovered that all 10 patients had some level of gluten sensitivity. All of them also suffered from central nervous inflammation.

It is believed that the reason the inflammation in the digestive tract is linked to the neurological systems is because the autoimmune response releases cytokines. These cytokines enter the bloodstream and eventually the brain.

This could cause inflammation in your brain. This what causes the neurological symptoms associated with gluten intolerance. This same mechanism has also been associated with depression and anxiety if you suffer from gluten intolerance.

Several studies on gluten intolerance and migraines suggest that those who eliminated gluten from their diets had some measurable relief from migraines.

If you feel that gluten may be a trigger for your migraines you might want to talk to your doctor about getting tested for gluten intolerance. The most common and effective screening test is the Tissue Transglutaminase Antibody test. You may also want to try eliminating gluten from your diet to see if it alleviates your migraines.

Be cautious when trying to eliminate gluten from your diet, it is hidden in many foods that you may not even be aware of. Look for foods that are certified gluten free. If you do find that gluten is a trigger for your migraines, then do your best to eliminate it completely from your diets. Those with Celiac’s Disease regressed in having migraines when they came in contact with gluten in their diet.

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