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Headache From Kombucha

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Created September 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM

I have noticed whenever I drink kombucha, that I end up getting a bit of a headache afterwards. Any one know why this would be? I drink GT's Organic Raw so there is only 4 grams of sugar.

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997 · January 31, 2014 at 2:13 PM

I react similarly to kombucha *only* when I've been glutened; I have celiac disease so my current assumption is that the intestinal inflammation makes it hard for me to break down the histamines and, voilá, intolerance to kombucha. Other times, I can drink my homemade and be fine.

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338 · September 10, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Sound like the most plausible answer I've heard thus far. Thanks for your input!

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32518 · September 10, 2012 at 3:23 AM
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338 · September 10, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Sound like the most plausible answer I've heard thus far. Thanks for your input!

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10 · February 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM

It has alcohol in it

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70 · September 10, 2012 at 1:46 AM

It's super weird, but the same thing happens to me, and the headaches are debilitating. I want to know, also!

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0 · January 31, 2014 at 1:10 PM

PS: The Headaches are instantaneous & also known as "Thundarclap" headaches & can worsen (SERIOUSLY WORSEN) during exertion INCLUDING any form of sex. (yes, sadly this is how I discovered the Grandfather of ALL headaches in my lifetime) http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coital_cephalalgia (follow the "pressure response" link from there) Again, it's a compound in fermented foods when overdone WILL cause debilitating headpain known as "pressure response" : http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressor_response#Occurrence

I thought I was dyeing it hurt so bad, I even ask the Lord for forgiveness...

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0 · January 31, 2014 at 12:54 PM

SOLVED: Started Kombucha 2 months ago. Noticed past 3 weeks headaches. Worsening over past week. 2 days ago had what I THOUGHT worst headache of my life & I'm almost 50! But yesterday was the GRANDFATHER of ALL headaches! NEVER in my life have I suffered such a degree of pain! It was instant & HARD like being hit in the back of the head with a baseball bat. It quickly zipped around through my temples & into my frontal lobe. I actually thought I was gonna have a stroke! Research proved sadly it's a compound from fermented foods: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pressor_response#Occurrence

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20 · October 26, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Hmm, the same thing has started happening to me. I used to tolerate both Kombucha and Kvass just fine. Now I get this headache at the base of the back of my neck that creeps up....

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2626 · July 09, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Kombucha contains 3 obvious suspects: sugar, alcohol, and caffeine. The amount of each that remains in kombucha is debatable, but let's err on the side of caution and assume that they're considerably higher than the label suggests.

  1. Does eating, say, 10g of sugar at once give you a headache?
  2. Does drinking a glass of wine give you a headache?
  3. Does drinking a cup of ordinary tea give you a headache?

If the answer to any of those is yes, then it's probably the culprit. If not, then we have to move on to all the weird scoby poop chemicals.

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0 · July 09, 2013 at 1:31 PM

I am in the same boat. I started drinking home made Kombucha and shortly thereafter I would get a tense feeling at the stem of my skull, starting in my neck and going up over the top of my head. I thought it was a migraine so I went to doc and got migraine meds. Strange thing is, it's not consistent. I've drunk it before and been fine. Wondering if I'm not hydrated enough to flush out the toxins and the Kombucha is just chasing them around in my body. I'm going to up my Vit C and drink lots more water and see if that staves off the fierce pounding in my head.

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53 · March 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM

i'm the same way. for me it is a reaction to the saccromeyces boulardii yeast.

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0 · March 24, 2013 at 3:42 AM

I get headaches too when I drink Kumbucha. This never used to be the case, but it is now. Alcohol does not give me headaches. Tea does not give me headaches. Probiotics do not give me headaches. In fact, I never get headaches. Only when I drink kumbucha. And they last all day. Sucks.

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5650 · February 21, 2013 at 9:01 PM

i can drink it fine, but i gave my dad some homemade kombucha and he said he had the worst headache. he's never tried it before then but now he calls it poison. haha

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389 · February 21, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Another possibility I came across, is that some people's bodies cannot mobilize toxins efficiently. Kombucha being an excellent detoxifier, if your body does not have the means to circulate and excrete excess toxins, they build up in your body and can cause headaches, moodswings, etc.

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0 · December 07, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Like you, I love Kombucha, but I get a fierce headache every time I drink more than about 1/4 cup of it, and I have been trying to find out why. I strongly suspect these are "healing crisis" headaches, because I get the same result from other types of powerful probiotics, especially soil-based probiotics. I surmise that the kombucha is causing some kind of bug or yeast to "die off", and that my body simply cannot process the detritus out fast enough. Some info I have come across suggests that we can alleviate this discomfort by strengthening the liver. To that end, I plan to experiment to see if taking Milk Thistle and Tumeric makes a difference. I would welcome hearing from anyone else who is working their way through this problem, since I believe kombucha is very good for us. I am convinced that my inability to tolerate it tells me something about ME, not about the kombucha. best regards, julie in Virginia

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748 · September 10, 2012 at 1:38 AM

That's so strange! I usually feel the exact opposite after! I usually feel more restored physically and mentally, I only buy the one with 4 grams too! Do you eat fruit/sugars on a regular basis? If you don't, like when I hadn't had fruit in a while and had one, it was kind of a shock to my system for some reason even though it's only 4 grams. Or maybe it's just the kombucha detoxing your body?

I can't imagine it's because it's bad for you, Probiotics are great!

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