I thought I was getting this sinus pain in the afternoon from spices that chicken was cooked with (I don't cook it, I buy it already cooked). But then I did a little experiment and it seems that the cause is more likely the mineral water I am drinking. Has anyone heard of a reaction like this?
It is Nestle mineral water and the composition is so (all #s are mg/litre):
Calcium 43.8 Magnesium 25.5 Sodium 5.9 Potassium .5 Chloride 7 Sulphate 8 Alkalinity (CaCO2) 203 Nitrate <.3 Fluoride <.2 Total dissolved solids 225 pH 4-5 Iron <.02 Aluminium <.1
Any ideas what might be causing such a reaction?
asked byCave_Tomboy (1724)
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on August 24, 2011
at 06:27 PM
I get headaches if I drink a large bottle of mineral water. I've replicated this with Gerolsteiner, Apollinaris and Perrier. I think the mineral content is in excess of what we've evolved to rehydrate with. It's also possible that it's the carbonation/acidity (naturally-occurring or not) that has this effect. I never get headaches otherwise, so this effect definitely stood out to me.
You might want to halve the amount of mineral water you're drinking and replace it with spring water. When I do this, I experience no ill-effects.
on August 07, 2013
at 11:11 PM
I've been suspecting that mineral water gives me headaches and found this thread when I was searching for it. Good to know others have noticed this too. I'll have to try just sparkling water to see if I have the same results.
on August 03, 2013
at 02:37 PM
I have just noticed after drinking spring water that I get intense red flushing and heat in my face, arms and shoulders. I am very allergic to sulfa drugs, so maybe there is a connection? It's very bizarre, have never had it happen before these recent two times. I also had to stop drinking green tea because of headaches, but things are way better now without it.
on November 24, 2012
at 02:44 AM
Funny, the first time I drank mineral water, I got a horrible headache!!! My first time was at 35 years old. Never got the headache again. Same thing happened with my 10 year old son. Horrible headache at first - then he loved the stuff with no headaches.
on August 30, 2012
at 02:43 AM
I have been noticing headaches after drinking mineral water. I also read that mineral water has sulfa compounds in it and, well, I'm allergic to sulfa. Any chance you're allergic to sulfa, too?
on August 25, 2012
at 09:26 PM
I have noticed with this pregnancy I am getting horrible headaches after drinking mineral water. I posted it and found this thread.
on July 27, 2011
at 05:14 PM
I don't drink mineral water, but I get sinus pain from drinking certain green tea. I've gotten it from different brands, so I don't know if it's an additive or if it's the actual tea that does it. Herbal teas and black teas do not cause the pain.
After drinking it (sometimes immediately, sometimes an hour or so later), I'll get an intense feeling of congestion in my sinuses along with dry eyes and usually a headache follows. I have stopped drinking green tea as I am satisfied drinking other types of tea that don't give me this issue.