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Nasty Caffiene Headaches--Gone !

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 20, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Ive been grain free for about 6 weeks now, I still do dairy and eat close to 150 grams of carbs--due to my running schedule.

Here is my question:

Before ditching the grains, I would consume some type of caffienated beverage just about every day. If I were to skip a day, a raging headache would ensue.

But now for some reason, I no longer have caffiene withdrwal if I skip a day. I'm looking for an explaination--not complaining :) --because my old hedaches were like clockwork.

Does anybody know of some scientific explaination for this? Does it have anuthong to do with being grain free?

838e2388a5633344866213a1c2337b68

on November 20, 2011
at 10:20 PM

Interesting... I wonder if it has anything to do with cortisol production??

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on November 20, 2011
at 06:10 PM

I experience this too. I notice a sensitivity to caffeine if I have grains and withdrawals if I do not have caffeine consecutive days around the time I consume grains. Grain free, no problem missing caffeinated beverages. Very interested in people’s thoughts.

838e2388a5633344866213a1c2337b68

on November 20, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Thanks for your input. I agree, it may be a bit more complex than cause-effect.

838e2388a5633344866213a1c2337b68

on November 20, 2011
at 04:40 PM

Haha, nice! I may take you up on some sort of cofee drinking contest :)

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on November 20, 2011
at 04:24 PM

I've been grain-free maybe 6 months, zero-carb almost 2 months, and I have had a recognizable caffeine-withdrawal episode very recently. Caffeine has always been my primary cheat treat from going totally botanical-free. When I overdo it, I overdo it right, maybe two or three pots of coffee a day. You guys are amateurs! I drink it black, I drink it strong, I drink enough to wire a blue whale. Don't get in a coffee pissing match with me!

Happily, I am switching successfully to herbal teas lately. Anything with cinnamon in it. Rooibos, mostly.

838e2388a5633344866213a1c2337b68

on November 20, 2011
at 04:40 PM

Haha, nice! I may take you up on some sort of cofee drinking contest :)

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on November 20, 2011
at 04:08 PM

I have no answer for your specific query, but I have my own caffeine-grAin anecdote.

Prior to going paleo ( and ditching grains), I enjoyed coffee and assumed a certained "amped up, overdrive" feeling went with the territory. After ceasing grains, it seemed my nervous- system in general evened out, to the extent that my usual caffein dose definitely got me alert but seemingly with less of the physical-stimulative effects. I'm talking multiple-shot cappuccino as regular dose.

It's widely understood that sugar can make you feel wired, but I suspect grains were having the same effect on me, although less pronounced. I find this interesting, but am avoiding any simple cause-effect explanation. On a likely related note, this past year I seem to have made a successful transition to fat-burning from sugar-burning metabolism. I have no sweets-craving (never really did, in the gotta-have-it sense). I continue running, both HIIT and quite-slow jogging, different days. And compound-exercise weight workouts 3 times per week. I eat more carbs after workouts (glycogen replenishment 101) but otherwise, seems my body has figured out how to get glucose from non-carbohydrate sources.

Whoa. Started out talking "coffee" and look where I've gone...

838e2388a5633344866213a1c2337b68

on November 20, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Thanks for your input. I agree, it may be a bit more complex than cause-effect.

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