Did you know the reason why you get hangover headaches every time you drink wine? Health medical editor has answer, and he also explains interesting ways to prevent them.
Many people feel that sulfites present in wines are responsible for wine headaches, but there are many other chemicals that are likely to blame. Many studies suggest that tyramine, a naturally occurring substance in wines, may cause headaches, possibly due to the way it affects the body’s blood pressure. Wines, especially the red wine, are also rich in histamines, which is difficult for some people to metabolize.
Take some nondrowsy antihistamine before you drink wine to get relief from such headaches. Research shows that tannins present in the wine may boost production of brain chemical serotonin, and may change its levels triggering headaches in many migraine sufferers. Try switching to white wines, given that most of the tannins are mostly found in seeds and skin of the grapes. The seeds and skin are removed during production of white wines. And if you love red, see if you can find some relief by sipping the lighter-bodies version, like pinot noir, which has very low levels of tannins.
Don’t shy from trying other drinking variables. Do you experience headaches when you drink a glass after a hectic workday but not while you’re on vacations? Underlying stress could be the reason. Alcohol possesses dehydrating properties, so may be left with pounding head if you’re not drinking sufficient water before and along with your wine glass. The best approach to fix headaches, of course is, not drinking. But if that’s not possible (after all-you’re human!), then be sure to keep yourself hydrated and stick to one five ounce glasses of wine a day, which is also the recommended max for women.