Anyone find consuming too much sodium in their diet triggers headaches?

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Avian86
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   Posted 5/30/2012 11:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone find consuming too much sodium in their diet triggers headaches? I hate that all prepackaged foods in North America are packed with sodium. I have had my appetite increase lately, and I've been needing to eat more, and more, so as a result I take in too much sodium. My headaches correlate to whenever I eat a packaged food with like 1000mg or more per serving of sodium. My head throbs and throbs. I have though about adding more potassium in my diet to offset this. Has anyone tried this? Are potassium supplements safe to take?

Violet Rose
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   Posted 5/31/2012 1:26 AM (GMT -7)   
hi smilewinkgrin
 
Be wary of all packaged food if you are a migraine sufferer.  The sodium may be a contributing factor but for me its the MSG and other chemicals that are hidden in this food that is a problem.  Its best to keep your food as natural as possible to avoid eating any 'hidden' ingrediants.  This doesn't apply to everyone but I know a lot of migraine sufferers who are sensitive to artificial flavourings and additives in packaged/processed food.
 
Hope this helps!

Avian86
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   Posted 5/31/2012 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah I avoid any monosodium glutamate crap as much as I can. I would love to eat all healthy food, but I just couldn't consume enough calories needed for my extremely high metabolism, and ended up losing WAY too much weight. I am NOT looking to lose weight at all, quite the opposite. I need to bulk up. I also have trouble finding foods that I actually enjoy eating that do not take too much preparation. If it takes forever to prepare, forget it. I am too chronically ill to be cooking and running to the grocery store all day every day.

lostinthewoods
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   Posted 6/1/2012 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I chose to answer your question because the topic of potassium supplements came up in our home. My mother has recently undergone a stem cell transplant. She does not like to eat very many foods and it is very tough to get her to eat at all. The hospital had her on a potassium supplement. This was a big tablet that was dissolved in water and then she drank the water. She hated it. Because she never ate any foods that had potassium in it she had no choice. When she came home for a break between her treatments we researched what foods she could eat instead of take those tablets. She discovered that if she just drank orange juice or tomato/vegetable cocktail juice that she would not have to take the tablets.

But are potassium supplements safe? If the cancer hospital gave them to my mother. I would say they are very safe.....but how much potassium are you going to take? But then again she was under a doctors care.

Avian86
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   Posted 6/2/2012 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I know foods like potatoes and bananas are high in potassium, but I don't always get them in my diet everyday. I don't know how much potassium per mg would be needed to offset an amount of sodium per mg though.

ahuang
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   Posted 1/31/2013 12:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I get this too. In fact, I'm prone to getting headaches from food if I eat too much of anything without drinking water--it feels exactly like a hangover. I probably drink about half a gallon of water a day. Earlier tonight, I ate a couple slices of pizza and drank something sugary instead of plain water, and now I'm suffering a killer headache.

Can you get headaches from eating too many greasy foods or eating too much meat--or are most food-related headaches a direct result of sodium/MSG?
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