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5 Healthy Habits That Can Cause Headaches

These Good-for-You Habits Might Be a Pain in the Head

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  • So-called "uncured" sausages and luncheon meats that have the characteristic coloring found in "cured" versions actually contain nitrates naturally occurring in celery juice. USDA requires labeling sausages and luncheon meats using celery juice, instead of direct nitrites which undergo curing to becomes nitrates, as "uncured". The color is a dead giveaway.

    Cook's Illustrated has tested the so-called "uncured" bacon from well known brands at places like Whole Foods and the levels of nitrates vary since celery juice is not standardized to deliver specific dosages. Direct add nitrites (which become nitrates during curing process) have a max limit and is carefully controlled. Cook's Illustrated's article on the topic confirmed this consistency.

    Note that foods have standard of identity as noted in the Code of Federal Regulations. This indicates what is and is not allowed in foods. For a company to label a product as "natural Swiss cheese" there are requirements what can and cannot be in that food to allow it to be called "Swiss Cheese" on the front panel of the product.

    This is a very deep topic and if you really want to know what a 'beef enchilada' can contain, google 'beef enchilada CFR'. Food labeling is much more complex than many realize. - 2/5/2015 9:29:17 PM
  • FOXGLOVE999
    Headaches have become an everyday issue for me since trying to be healthier. None of the reasons given are applicable to me. I'm getting very frustrated, I'm tired of feeling bad. - 9/29/2014 10:16:51 AM
  • The headaches from quitting caffeine are so bad it helps me remember why I no longer drink it. don't want to go there again! - 9/6/2014 12:28:58 AM
  • Two major migraine triggers for me are over-sleeping and caffiene withdrawals. I like my coffee too much and loathe migraines enough that I don't plan on giving that up, but I never lounge around in bed long enough to trigger a headache anymore. Mostly my triggers are allergy related now. - 9/5/2014 11:27:35 AM
  • I experience the sleep one. - 6/19/2014 8:23:14 AM
  • Thanks for sharing. Good information. - 12/9/2013 4:51:17 AM
  • A comment for anyone who lowers their sugar and starch intake suddenly - the sudden loss of retained water will make you low on sodium, and this generally can cause headache and fatigue, as well as sore muscles. You'll need to drink some broth or sports drink to get your electrolytes balanced again. - 12/1/2013 12:44:18 PM
  • I get headaches when it's hot but I doubt it's because I'm dehydrated. I drink a LOT of water and I always have a bottle on hand. - 6/27/2013 11:08:55 AM
  • I sometimes get headaches after I run. I was blaiming allergies but now I wonder if it's dehydration espeically since this tends to happen more in the summer than winter.

    Just for fun I weighed myself before and after my run yesterday, I lost 1 pound of water running. Well I didn't lose it, it was there on my shirt but that's a lot of water really. - 6/27/2013 10:28:24 AM
  • KAT773
    Interesting article, but I found the nhs.uk article (listed as a resource for this article) much more informative. For instance, the nhs.uk article listed other triggers that could be in your packed lunch, such as aged cheeses, diet drinks or dark chocolate. - 6/27/2013 1:54:48 AM
  • Yes really good info. I need to stay motivate all the time. I had a headache yesterday. I went to long before eating after church. Went visiting for father day. - 6/17/2013 4:32:41 PM
  • This is some great information, particularly about sleeping and exercising; I think the biggest takeaway is to be consistent, which is something I struggle with. Knowing that it's going to help reduce headaches is definitely a motivator. - 5/28/2013 3:39:29 AM

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