What’s wrong with your soda pop?

by James on 10 March 2006

Here’s an interesting success story that I just got from a HeadWay subscriber:

Thought maybe your readers would enjoy this bit of news.  Recently my migraines started back up again to daily migraines and very strong in severity.  They were so debilitating I almost couldn’t work anymore.  For so long I was doing pretty good.  I realized that what I had changed in my diet was soda everyday.  I had gone back to work, and I was drinking a coke at lunch for the caffeine boost.  I stopped drinking it, and in about 3 days my migraines were just about gone!  What a relief.  My husband said he had seen something on TV about drinking colored soda and how bad it is for you.  The program said you should drink only "clear" sodas if you have to drink soda. (Clear like 7-UP, Sierra Mist etc.)

~Sandra from NY, USA

I’m not exactly sure about the stats on "colored soda".  Could the report have something to do with the phosphoric acid?  The caramel color?  I’ve heard rumours on the caramel colour thing, but I’m waiting for more information.  Anyone know anything about that?

Of course there are other things in soda pop that could trigger migraine, such as caffeine and that sudden infusion of sugar (or questions about aspartame in diet versions).  Whatever it is, there’s growing evidence that some people are more sensitive than others.  We need to pay attention to changes in our eating habits – a small thing can make a big difference.

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PamC March 6, 2006 at 11:13 pm

LOL! I used to live in St. Louis, MO. I dread family holidays, even though I love my family. I know whenever I return home that I’m in for a lot of physical pain. St. Louis has very unstable weather (which triggers my migraines) and some of the worst air quality (especially allergen pollutants) in the country. I’m not surprised it makes this list.

I’d love to see where the best places to live are… because I’d happily move to feel better.

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Jono Cono March 17, 2006 at 4:33 pm

I find the correlation between pop and headaches quite persistent. My girlfriend drinks a lot of pop, always Pepsi and often for a week or too at a time she’ll suffer from massive migraines. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if they were a direct result of all that soda. Most other causes of migraines have been emliminated although one can never be 100% sure.

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BJ Krisher June 2, 2012 at 7:04 pm

I don’t think I have found a trigger but I’m on my 4th day of a migriane and I was drinking Muscle Milk on a diet plan as a snack. It has caffeine equal to 1 1/4 cups of coffee and sucralose which my stomach cannot handle. I just got rid of an ulcer and my stomach has been hurting again. Aha……I wonder if it isn’t the sucralose and maybe it also after this amount of time triggered a migraine. I can think of nothing else I’m doing different. I do not use fake sugars and I do not drink pop. I stick to water and tea and mostly mint herbal tea. I sure wish I could pinpoint a trigger. They will only allow me to take migraine meds 2 days a week. Kind of hard to exist that way and live. I take 2 preventative meds every night at bedtime. It gets to be very wearying to say the least.

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