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Carbs and headaches.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 26, 2012 at 5:14 AM

Hi- I've been eating paleo for about a year now.I wasn't shy around fruit, but after last week, I noticed that I was relying too heavily dried fruit as a carbohydrate source. I cut out all fruit five days ago and developed the most bizarre headache three days ago that refuses to go away, no matter how much I sleep. I do crossfit 3-4 times a week, some kickboxing, and always a good three mile walk every two days. I'm beginning to think I depleted all of my glycogen stores and the heavy amounts of fat I've been eating just aren't cutting it. I'm beginning to think this was a bad idea. Thoughts?

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on February 26, 2012
at 01:58 PM

Bone and meat broth can help. Magnesium, too. A sudden drop in carbs and staying low carb can take a goodly adjustment period. Also, could you be sensitive to the sulphur in dried fruits?

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on February 26, 2012
at 01:14 PM

EXACTLY!! I did the same thing a year ago. I felt sluggish/nauseated/not quite full, and got so low I got shaky. If you are constantly thirsty, it is too much fat and protein. When you feel like this, DRINK A COCONUT WATER. See how you feel in, no joke, 5 min. That will be your answer to carbs/electrolytes. I absolutely need a little fruit in my diet when I lift heavy or do high intensity. Your muscles will feel warm/worked out, not heavy, tired, or overly sore.

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on February 26, 2012
at 08:31 AM

another guess: carbs bind water -> you've cut out your main source of carbs -> water loss -> if you don't up you water intake -> headaches

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:32 AM

yep, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances etc. for some reason, i always think potassium when headaches are mentioned....not sure why

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:29 AM

sorry peter if my second post was not clear enough for you.....diet alone is not always the cause of headaches....there are structural considerations. Hey Peter why don't you call me out on the rest of this? There are other factors to consider. Dont be so closed minded as to think this is simply nutritional and has nothing to do with ergonomics, biomechanics, and functional movement.

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:24 AM

doesn't answer the original question, but this page has a great nutritional database spreadsheet outlining the data for a lot of foods http://thepaleopremise.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/nutrient-database.html

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:23 AM

I never thought of that. Perhaps dehydration too. Thank you!

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:21 AM

I have been seeing a chiropractor for shoulder issues but this is more of a lightheaded nausea feeling type headache. Thank you for the response, though, I really appreciate it!

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:15 AM

"yeas carbs (sugar) can cause headaches.." Jayjay, the op states that he has cut out carbs and is getting headaches.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:07 AM

Option 2...what is your day to day like... chiropractic has helped many structural issues of the cervical spine that contribute to headaches.....conservative estimate says 80% of headaches are structural and alleviated by adjustments and postural/ergonomical advice.

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:00 AM

yeas carbs (sugar) can cause headaches...

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on February 26, 2012
at 05:17 AM

You might need to add back in the fruit until your headache goes away and then take a more gradual method to reducing fruit...

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:17 AM

aside from carbs, the headache thing makes me think you may be reacting to changes to your electrolytes/minerals.

try plugging your fruit/dried fruit in to something like nutritiondata.com & seeing how much you may have cut your minerals.
fruit & dried fruit are a good source of a lot of minerals, the nutritiondata database has info on 11 minerals.
& this site has info on 12 minerals, if you want to check out sulphur (sulfur) content as well, http://www.foodstandards.gov.au Shortcut to search function: http://bit.ly/rBSsTX

543a65b3004bf5a51974fbdd60d666bb

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:32 AM

yep, dehydration, electrolyte imbalances etc. for some reason, i always think potassium when headaches are mentioned....not sure why

938c35148bb17d8f8b2c62c9a46c783b

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:23 AM

I never thought of that. Perhaps dehydration too. Thank you!

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:24 AM

doesn't answer the original question, but this page has a great nutritional database spreadsheet outlining the data for a lot of foods http://thepaleopremise.blogspot.com.au/2011/08/nutrient-database.html

C26942a79fbd94cf7c383c596c847d06

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on February 26, 2012
at 01:14 PM

EXACTLY!! I did the same thing a year ago. I felt sluggish/nauseated/not quite full, and got so low I got shaky. If you are constantly thirsty, it is too much fat and protein. When you feel like this, DRINK A COCONUT WATER. See how you feel in, no joke, 5 min. That will be your answer to carbs/electrolytes. I absolutely need a little fruit in my diet when I lift heavy or do high intensity. Your muscles will feel warm/worked out, not heavy, tired, or overly sore.

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6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Dried fruit can be heavy in preservatives and nitrites (nitrates? i never know which). Maybe this has caused the headaches?

I wouldn't worry too much about the carb intake with the amount of exercising that you are doing. Real fruit is probably better than dried though.

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on February 26, 2012
at 06:16 AM

could be a sign of Candida overgrowth. that is what I am facing at the moment. going to start my detox this week. it gets really pissy when I stop feeding it sugar... headaches and the worst sugar cravings ever...

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