Have you ever wondered why you always get a splitting headache the morning after drinking wine? Many people think that sulfites are the culprit behind wine headaches, but other chemicals are likely to blame. Some studies suggest that a naturally occurring substance in wine called tyramine may cause headaches, possibly due to the way it affects blood pressure. Wine, especially red wine, can also contain histamines, which some people can’t metabolize.
Taking a nondrowsy antihistamine prior to drinking wine may help. Research has also shown that the tannins in wine may boost production of the brain chemical serotonin, and changes in serotonin levels can trigger headaches in migraine sufferers. You may want to try switching to white, given that most of the tannins are found in the skin and seeds of the grape. (In white wine, the skin and seeds are removed during production.) Or, if you really love red, see if you find relief by sipping a lighter-bodied variety, like pinot noir, which will have lower levels of tannins.
You should also consider other drinking variables that may be affecting your tolerance to wine. Have you been drinking on an empty stomach? This leads to you getting drink far more quickly as the alcohol enters your bloodstream much faster. Do you get headaches if you have a glass after a long workday but not while on holiday? Underlying stress could be the real issue. Alcohol is also dehydrating, so you may be left with a pounding head if you’re not drinking enough water before and along with your glass. The best headache fix is, of course, not drinking. But if that’s not ideal this season then be sure to hydrate, and stick to one 5-ounce glass of wine per day, which is the recommended maximum for women.
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Hangover remedies- and how to avoid them in the first place!
- Re hydrate as much as you possibly can, as soon as you can
- Try to drink water before you go to bed
- Eggs are good for settling your stomach and supporting your liver
- Ginger is great for general queasiness
- If you drink coffee, drink water too as coffee leads to further dehydration
- Avoid sugary drinks which lead to further sugar crashes
- Avoid fizzy mixers- they speed up alcohol entering your bloodstream
- Carbs can help bring your blood sugar back to normal
- Avoid meds with acetaminophen- it’s toxic when mixed with alcohol