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Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 23, 2011 at 6:33 AM

Just ran into someone else, like me, for whom eating Paleo has "cured*" them of migraines. So question is:

1) If you have suffered from migraines, has eating Paleo stopped their occurrence?

2) If the answer to 1) is yes --- what color are your eyes? This is not a joke. Serious question.

*I write "cured" because in my case I am convinced that eating gluten caused them.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on August 08, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Eye color brown.

Cc49234f065a33c763ab09fa234d08eb

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:59 AM

I have chiari malformation too! I'm so happy to hear that the paleo diet is working for you. :) Is there anything in particular you find helps your headaches? Or anything that is paleo that you stay away from because it makes them worse?

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on March 08, 2011
at 07:51 PM

Presumably he's looking to see if there's a genetic link between eye color and migraines.

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on March 04, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Yes, my observation as well. Aren't brown eyes the most common eye color? Seems like most here getting headache and migraine probs are saying they have blue/green/hazel eyes. Maybe these light eyed folks are more susceptible to headache probs.

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on March 03, 2011
at 10:05 PM

Would you guys mind posting your migraine experiences here? http://www.paleoforlife.org/success/migraine-headaches I'm trying to gather all the effects (good or bad) that the Paleo diet has had on people's health conditions. Your help is very much appreciated!

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on March 03, 2011
at 09:00 AM

I third the curiosity about the motivation behind Mr. Patrik's question.

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 02, 2011
at 11:18 PM

To clarify, I'm not wondering why my eyes are hazel, I'm wondering why you want to know :D

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 02, 2011
at 11:15 PM

It's seems more Hazel (greeny brown is hazel imo) then anything else. Wonder if that has a significance?

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 02, 2011
at 11:15 PM

Yes please, I would really like to know that too!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on March 02, 2011
at 05:07 AM

Around these parts, we call light brown ones Chicken Thigh eyes...

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on March 01, 2011
at 03:39 AM

Don't know about that PUFA content in hazelnuts ha ha ... Guess we shouldn't tell people they have "fructose" eyes!

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on March 01, 2011
at 02:07 AM

Why are you asking about eye color?

5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

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on March 01, 2011
at 01:04 AM

I think I heard "hazelnut color" before, but I wouldn't swear by it: English is not my first language, and I can get very... creative. But it's still paleo, isn't it?

5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

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on March 01, 2011
at 01:02 AM

I think I heard "hazelnut color" before, but I wouldn't swear by it: English is not my first language, and I can get very... creative

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on February 28, 2011
at 10:34 PM

Is "hazelnut" an eye color, or just "hazel"? I asked my friend about this and he had never heard of hazelnut either. Am I crazy? Is this perhaps a regional thing, or a language thing? Anyhow I kind of like hazelnut; think I'll start using it.

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on February 28, 2011
at 09:40 PM

Yes, Hazel.....

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 23, 2011
at 10:08 PM

MSG is another popular cause of MOST headaches in the US. Everyone just assumes its normal to have migraines/headaches...

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on February 23, 2011
at 08:46 AM

What's even scarier is docs keep prescribing stuff that messes with serotonin receptors and has caused spontaneous heart failure in some patients. And Big Pharma goes "duhhh... undiagnosed, underlying heart condition" but the autopsies say the patients were healthy. I wouldn't touch Imitrex with a ten-foot pole.

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on March 04, 2011
at 01:04 AM

My headaches have went away completely, thus far. I have hazel eyes. Interesting that there are few brown-eyed people responding to this. Perhaps you have a theory that brown-eyed people are not as sensitive to gluten or another component of SAD?

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on March 04, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Yes, my observation as well. Aren't brown eyes the most common eye color? Seems like most here getting headache and migraine probs are saying they have blue/green/hazel eyes. Maybe these light eyed folks are more susceptible to headache probs.

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on March 07, 2011
at 01:27 AM

I had migraines my whole life up until now. Through muscle-testing I found out they were largely due to gluten & dairy. I started eating Paleo 18 days ago and had one headache try to start but I could tell that was due to muscle-spasms (multiple whiplash injuries from car accidents when I was a little and one last year wherein I was rear-ended pretty hard. I rubbed my neck out and it went away. My eyes were always brown, but under times of stress or emotion they would look hazel/green. Right now they are looking more green with a teeny bit of brown around the iris. Hmm

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on March 04, 2011
at 01:57 AM

Now that I think about it, my occasional migraine problem has dwindled to nothing, or nearly nothing. I might have had one in the last few months. But I've not been entirely paleo-compliant.

My eyes are hazel-green.

When I did get these headaches, they often came on Sundays. I blamed the change in my sleep schedule, and also perhaps the absence of coffee (though I didn't and still don't drink more than a cup per day, if any). I had been gluten-free for a while before I began low-carb/paleo eating last fall.

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on January 05, 2013
at 03:46 PM

My migraines have nearly vanished since eliminating gluten... I have green eyes

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on August 09, 2012
at 02:40 AM

Been paleo about 18 months and I would say my migraines have decreased about 80% in terms of incidence, and are also less severe and of shorter duration when I do get one. I went gluten-free six years ago and noticed a small decrease in migraine incidence but no decrease in severity, so I don't think gluten exposure is the whole story for me (gluten causes me great misery, so I am quite certain my diet was quite gluten-free over the last 6 years). Brown eyes.

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on August 08, 2012
at 10:06 PM

I used to get severe headaches that I thought were hormonal becaused they occurred about once a month. The last time I had a headache was when I had made a pie for my family. So maybe the headaches were related to gluten? Other than that one, I can't remember the last time I had a headache since I started "paleo". My eyes are grayish blue.

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on August 08, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Not sure if it's necessarily because of "paleo", but once I stopped eating cow dairy, gluten, and PUFAs, my weekly migraines that I had for all my life disappeared. My eyes are brown. I assume you're asking about eye color because lighter colored eyes are more sensitive to light?

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on August 08, 2012
at 09:48 PM

Blue eyes. Since going paleo (gluten/grain free) I don't get migraines. It's been one of the best benefits of going Paleo. I have found that if I get a large gluten exposure or a few small exposures over the course of a day or two I will often have a terrible migraine the next day.

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on August 08, 2012
at 04:46 PM

Yes. My eyes are brown.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on August 08, 2012
at 04:37 PM

I have hormonal migraines- no improvement since going paleo, but I may be suffering from endometriosis and a host of other hormonal issues. Still get tension headaches as well, but that's mostly because healing a very old neck/back injury is awfully time consuming.

518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

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on August 08, 2012
at 04:37 PM

Eye color brown.

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on August 08, 2012
at 04:17 PM

Hazel eyes. Usually get a migraine once every month, almost always on the weekend. I went relatively low carb before Paleo about a year ago and the migraine frequency went down. Went Paleo about 3 months ago with some dairy but strictly no grains. I have not had a migraine since. Hoping it was the gluten.

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on June 17, 2012
at 09:29 PM

I had my first migraine yesterday in years and it was the most bizarre one I've ever had. It actually started with me seeing flashing zig-zag lines. Then about 15 minutes later the headache hit. In my case, the trigger was a colonic that I tried for the first, and last, time. Fortunately for me, (but unfortunately for my husband - he has chronic migraines), he gave me a Maxalt which took care of it. I have light hazel (grey, blue, green) eyes. Husband has brown eyes and does not eat paleo. He refuses to connect his food to his migraines.

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on June 17, 2012
at 04:30 PM

Migraines disappeared for about 6 months after paleo and gluten free...but I've had two in the past three months. Stress seemed to be trigger. Light blue eyes.

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on June 17, 2012
at 02:07 PM

Brown eyes. I've been eating strict paleo for years and it has had no effect on my migraines. However high levels of ketosis (attained with restricted protein and near-zero carbs) reduce their intensity and frequency.

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on June 17, 2012
at 09:14 AM

Brown eyes, had migraines several times a week since I was about 7. I've eating Paleo for 5 days now, and so far I woke up with a horrible migraine every day. I am blaming in on crb flu, hope that's true!

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on March 08, 2011
at 05:24 PM

Brown eyes, and paleo now for three weeks. So far I've not noticed a change. I hope I will see it with time, as this was my main reason for trying paleo.

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on March 08, 2011
at 01:30 PM

I must say - this question has peaked my interest! My mom had severe migraines for years - her eyes were hazel. She lived on carbs and was ALWAYS "suffering from low blood sugar".

I have complex migraines (plus chiari malformation headaches). After a number of years and drugs, I have gone paleo (about a year now) and my headaches are down to about 1 per week. And . . . my eyes are hazel, usually more green.

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on October 20, 2011
at 02:59 AM

I have chiari malformation too! I'm so happy to hear that the paleo diet is working for you. :) Is there anything in particular you find helps your headaches? Or anything that is paleo that you stay away from because it makes them worse?

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on March 07, 2011
at 01:24 PM

I often had headaches related to sinus problems. Last January they became what I guess you would call migrains. I never take meds but then weakened and had to resort to something. Since being on Paleo I have noticed, I breath better, sleep less and no longer have headaches unless I am very stressed. I have very light green eyes. So.......is there an outcome here?

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on March 04, 2011
at 12:21 AM

Yes. Migranes have been significantly reduced, if not eliminated, and I have hazel eyes.

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on March 03, 2011
at 08:52 PM

I would get occasional migraines but not very often. But I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to sleep very well. After going paleo, headaches and early wake-up calls went away. When I do nibble on a gluten filled cookie or a slice of bread, I get an instant headache. My eyes are blue-green (depending on my mood).

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on March 03, 2011
at 01:37 PM

Paleo has somewhat cured me of migraines. Mine are mostly due to poor sleep now, which isn't going to change much until my kids are older. :) Though my sleep is much better with Paleo because I don't have carbs coursing through me keeping me all energized on its rocket-fuel-type effects.

My eyes are blue.

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on March 02, 2011
at 09:22 PM

I did stop getting migraines after I started Paleo. I can't pinpoint it to gluten, but there was something in my previous diet causing them. My eyes are blue.

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on March 01, 2011
at 02:03 PM

Two of my female best friends used to have migraines -- when they're paleo they're apparently gone. Brown eyes b/c they're Asian... I've observed other brown-eyed individuals have migraines 80-100% resolved as well on semi-paleo/gluten-free diets.

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on March 01, 2011
at 10:53 AM

I think I'm much like Karen. Had massive problems with migraines this past summer, being a expedition sea kayaking guide and paddling 5 to 8 hours a day meant high levels of exposure to sun glare. Even with polarized expensive sunglasses and a big hat I would get them. My migraines are crazy painful and make me throw up every 10 minutes for 5 hours or so.

My migraines seemed to be tied to sun glare but I was also eating TONS of carbs like 200+ g/day due to the limiting factors of eating on expeditions. Try eat paleo for a 5 day trip on which you must- fit everything in a kayak, you can only cook dinner- breakfast and lunch are open and eat, and of course it's 95+ degrees out and no refrigeration. pretty tough. Needless to say I ate lots of processed foods and lots of grains.

The weird thing is that I didn't have any problems the previous summer doing the exact same thing and eating the exact same foods. I don't know if there was some sort of hormone change or what.

Since going paleo, I've only had one migraine which I tied to dehydration and killed with lots of painkillers but I haven't spent long days exposed to high levels of sun glare. I'm curious to see if I still get migraines on a kayaking trip while eating paleo.

Also, I have blue eyes.

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on March 01, 2011
at 12:10 AM

I only seem to get tension headaches now, which I can block with Excedrin if I catch them in time. I used to get migraines at LEAST twice a month. The whole have-to-lay-down-or-I'll-puke kind. Blue eyes.

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on February 28, 2011
at 09:45 PM

I haven't had a migraine since November. It could very well be the diet switch - or it could be because I've shed a HUGE stressor in my life. Or possibly neither - the only factor I was ever able to definitely tie to my migraines was extreme sun glare. My eyes are light gray-green.

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on February 28, 2011
at 09:20 PM

I never had terrible headaches. But now I get absolutely none unless I drink.

Green-blue eyes. More green.

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on February 23, 2011
at 08:05 PM

Almost daily headaches and 1-2 monthly migraines gone thanks to Paleo. Eyes are blue.

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on February 23, 2011
at 05:51 PM

My mother has been on atkins for almost a year and her migraines are as bad as ever. (I am convinced she is magnesium deficient). She is also convinced by her awful GP that she must stay on her statin meds (which might be contributing). Her eyes are ice blue.

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on February 23, 2011
at 04:46 PM

My migraines are less with paleo, but some are caused by muscle spasms and eating paleo hasn't (nor did I expect it to) help with that. But the other migraines are mostly gone. I have hazel eyes.

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on February 23, 2011
at 04:35 PM

My migraines were cured at first but around certin times of the month (just before and beginning of menses) they still pop up unfortunatlely, I have noticed a connection to them being more frequent when I am higher carb, supporting the theory that ketosis may help eliviate migraines. I have hazel eyes. Why is this?

2507b557331c8a674bc81197531e609a

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on March 02, 2011
at 11:18 PM

To clarify, I'm not wondering why my eyes are hazel, I'm wondering why you want to know :D

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on February 23, 2011
at 04:26 PM

My migraines were cured within a couple weeks of going paleo, haven't had one in a year now. Green eyes, for whatever it's worth....

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on February 23, 2011
at 03:03 PM

Paleo made my very regular (several a week) headaches pretty much vanish. Poof. Gone.

I've had migraines all my life, but not that frequently, maybe one every year or two. When I do get them they are TERRIBLE BAD - blind spots, light sensitivity, nausea, severe pain - they basically take me out for a good 8 hours or so and all I can do is lay in bed.

The good news is I haven't had a single migraine since going paleo about a year ago. Because my migraines have been so infrequent, I can't say for sure they are "cured" but I sure hope so.

Blue eyes.

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:44 PM

I'm curious what eye color has to do with it. Started low carb about four years ago, and that alleviated but did not eliminate chronic daily headache and migraines. I was largely eating a fat, meat, and vegetable low carb diet, but influenced by Paleo thinking I eliminated the odd gluten item about 6 months ago. No difference in headaches. So not cured. Maybe because my eyes are brown?:)

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:19 PM

I thought my headaches went away when I cut out gluten/processed foods, but this January I started getting headaches again. I would not classify the ones in January as migraines, but as caused by changes in weather/pressure.

The headaches have disappeared again, but I'm not yet convinced I'm "cured." It has only been 7 months and I want to give it an entire year.

My eyes are brown and green.

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on February 23, 2011
at 07:34 AM

Paleo has cured me of my migraines. I have went to different specialists all over and all they could do is prescribe medication for when I get them. It got to the point they were pushing loritabs on me. Pretty much just tried to drug me up. Gluten-free is the only way to be!

Eyes are light brown.

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on February 23, 2011
at 08:46 AM

What's even scarier is docs keep prescribing stuff that messes with serotonin receptors and has caused spontaneous heart failure in some patients. And Big Pharma goes "duhhh... undiagnosed, underlying heart condition" but the autopsies say the patients were healthy. I wouldn't touch Imitrex with a ten-foot pole.

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on February 23, 2011
at 07:23 AM

This is not my case, but my sister is celiac and her previously frequent migraines have almost completely disappeared since going gluten-free about one year ago. I write "almost" because she told me that she had the symptoms of a coming migraine a couple of times or so, but she blocked them with pain killers. She doesn't know the reason, maybe some gluten (or some other foods she is sensitive to) sneaked in her diet.

Her eyes are hazelnut.

EDIT: my sister doesn't eat paleo at all, lots of gluten-free grains, legumes, dairy...

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on March 01, 2011
at 01:04 AM

I think I heard "hazelnut color" before, but I wouldn't swear by it: English is not my first language, and I can get very... creative. But it's still paleo, isn't it?

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on March 01, 2011
at 01:02 AM

I think I heard "hazelnut color" before, but I wouldn't swear by it: English is not my first language, and I can get very... creative

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on March 01, 2011
at 03:39 AM

Don't know about that PUFA content in hazelnuts ha ha ... Guess we shouldn't tell people they have "fructose" eyes!

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on February 28, 2011
at 10:34 PM

Is "hazelnut" an eye color, or just "hazel"? I asked my friend about this and he had never heard of hazelnut either. Am I crazy? Is this perhaps a regional thing, or a language thing? Anyhow I kind of like hazelnut; think I'll start using it.

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on March 02, 2011
at 05:07 AM

Around these parts, we call light brown ones Chicken Thigh eyes...

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on February 23, 2011
at 07:21 AM

Eating Paleo did cure my migraines, I agree that it's the gluten, but maybe it's some chemicals too. And my eyes are light blue.

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on February 23, 2011
at 10:08 PM

MSG is another popular cause of MOST headaches in the US. Everyone just assumes its normal to have migraines/headaches...

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