Drinking From Plastic Bottles May Give You Migraine
Are you using plastic bottles to store water in your refrigerator? Is your kid using plastic tumblers or bottles to drink milk or juices?
Plastics occupy a major place in today’s life, influencing our day-to-day activities.
If you are using plastics to store food or fluids, you are inadvertently taking-in a chemical substance, called Bisphenol, into your body.
Effects Linked to Bisphenol Intake
Bisphenol is a chemical present in all plastic containers. Even food grade plastics have it. This chemical has been linked with the following medical conditions:
- Heart Attacks
- Prolonged bouts of migraine
Mechanism of Action
Bisphenol has a structure similar to estrogen. It is a xenoestrogen. It works by sticking to the estrogen receptors in the body and producing the same effect as natural estrogen.
The causation of migraine headaches has been linked with the female hormone estrogen. This explains why these headaches are commoner in females.
Bisphenol acts as a synthetic estrogen, since it mimics the natural form of the hormone, and becomes a serious trigger for migraine headaches.
Increased intake of bisphenol may give you more severe and more frequent migraines. The chemical increases the sensitivity towards locomotion, light and sound. Hence, the perception of triggers is more and this heightens the migraine aura.
Read more on the clinical researches linked with bisphenol.
Other Migraine Triggers
Any event, food, drink or change that can elicit a migraine attack may be called a trigger.
- Too much of chocolates
- Excess of caffeine or caffeine withdrawal
- Hypogycemia, as in skipping meals
- Much of bright light
- Beginning of menstrual periods
- Food additives
- Too much of eye work
- Mood swings, low feelings
- MSG in food
- Lack of adequate sleep
- Some wines
- Long periods of screen viewing
Trigger factors may differ in different individuals.