Migraine headaches aren’t for the faint of heart. They bring along a throbbing, pulsing pain that puts life on hold. Light and sound become unbearable.
And although they’re called headaches, migraines drag a lot of other body parts into the war, turning a vibrant person into a limp dishrag.
Meanwhile, nobody really knows what to do about migraines. Oh, there’s no shortage of opinions and ideas, but not so much actual knowledge.
So rather than wait for a migraine to show up, people talk about avoiding the “triggers” that cause them.
We’re all different, so what triggers a migraine in one person might not affect another. Meanwhile, there’s one potent, well-known trigger that shows up in lots of different foods and beverages that few people know about.
That big-time trigger is tannin. While you may have heard about it, you may not know all the many places it lies in wait for you. And because it shows up in so many places, you might think you have an army of enemies instead of just one.
Tannin is in flax seed, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, tarragon, thyme, vanilla, walnuts, carob seed gum (also called locust bean gum) found in some ice creams, rose hip and other herbal teas, alfalfa, red wine, some beers, food dyes, red beans, dark chocolate, bananas, smoked foods, annatto coloring, fermented foods, and on, and on.
Tannin in bread
But perhaps the most likely place to run into tannin is in bread. Most commercially-baked bread (cakes, pie crusts, cookies, crackers, pizza crusts, etc.) includes malted barley flour in the ingredients, and malted barley flour is chock-a-block full of tannin.
Besides baked goods, malted barley in most bags of flour sold in grocery stores, too.
Worse, malted barley flour isn’t just a one-trick pony, either. Instead of giving you a migraine, it could whack your digestive system. Or both.
And, wait! There’s more! Malted barley flour also brings along an excitotoxin that revs up your brain to a toxic level and whacks both the endocrine system and the nervous system. Why do that to your wonderful self?
You shouldn’t have to spend our time reading labels, but food companies won’t change their ways as long as people buy their products. Until things change, then, you have to do what you can to protect your health.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.
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