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Description of the issue
There have been some recent reports about drinking too much orange juice can give you a headache.
This is generally considered to be a myth, but it does appear that people with certain genetic profiles do need to take care when they drink OJ.
However, most healthy adults enjoy an 8-ounce (0.25 liters) glass of fresh OC every day without any significant problems.
How Does It Work?
According to earlier studies, our bodies only use nutrients from food very efficiently.
That means eating 100% nutrient-dense foods is important for health. Foods high in nutrition include vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, dairy, and beyond.
It also means avoiding processed foods, refined grains, sugar, and sodium. These are all part of a nonorganic diet.
An organic diet has more fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This matches up with what we know happens inside the body.
The body’s metabolic rate increases when we consume more fiber. That helps keep excess energy around for needed activities instead of turning it into heat via muscle or organ cells.
Antioxidants like strawberries, cherries, blueberries, and spinach help to reduce oxidative stress in the body by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are atoms that randomly grab other molecules to create new compounds.
Oxidative stress has been linked to several chronic diseases.
Tips on how to avoid an orange juice headache
Although some people enjoy a morning meal with coffee or tea, most Americans look forward to lunch as the next important time of day.
There are many options for lunch — soup, sandwich, salad, egg white omelette, and so on.
For those who prefer something more substantial, there’s beef stew, chicken pot pie, grilled cheese, hot dog, or any kind of sandwiches.
Of course, there’s also fruit if you’re looking for a sweet option.
OJ and headaches
Although most people view orange juice as a wonderful thing, it can be too rich for some people. If you feel that way about yourself, then perhaps slightly less of your normal dose will help.
For others, however, the more they drink makes them uncomfortable or even sick.
If you know what control group means, try to cut down your amount of oranges (or other citrus) foods to once per week. Then maybe increase how often you consume this food slowly.
Let’s talk about why it might be difficult to tolerate the fruit.
There are several reasons why many people develop a sensitivity to oranges. For example, eating an overabundance of oranges can be similar to eating sugar since they both contain fructose.
Also, the skin of an orange is full of vitamin C so if you eat lots of oranges, you may need to remove the peel to avoid excessive consumption.
Finally, the peels of oranges have anti-oxidants which prevent oxidization of fats in our bodies, but we also ingest enough antioxidants from products like yogurt and orange juice.
By removing the peel of the orange, you can reduce the amount of antioxidant intake while still enjoying the fruit.
Drinking more than your body needs can lead to dehydration and fatigue. However, drinking more juices with low content may simply mean using up excess vitamins and minerals resulting in poor nutrition.
Other fruit juices and drinks
There are several types of juice that you may be regularly consuming without really thinking about it.
These beverages are mostly composed of sugar or fructose, two prominent ingredients in orange juice.
However, these other fruits can still give your body a rush of vitamins and minerals. In fact, one glass of 100% blueberry juice provides more vitamin C than six cups of oranges does.
Berry juice is a great way to add this beneficial nutrient into your diet. However, too much berry juice because they contain high levels of antioxidants has been linked to diabetes. For this reason, people with diabetes should limit their berries intake to just a few strawberries.
Although vitamin C is found in fruit, the amount of vitamin C you need per serving is usually quoted as “x” amounts per x grams (or pounds) of your body weight. In other words, someone who weighs 50 kg (110 lb) will need half this amount, or fewer, depending on their size.
Here are some good sources of vitamin C :
But keep in mind that we often use it for cooking — encapsulated in products such as lemon juice — which complicates absorption, especially if there’s no fibrous component.
Also, unlike fruits with more insoluble matter, like stones and pulp, it can be difficult to extract vitamin C from foodslike vegetablesand animals.
Concern has been raised about high levels of dietary intake, particularly among children. However, here at BackinTrack we believe all kids deserve excellent health, and thus have adapted our Nutrition Reset recipe collection according to age. We also encourage everyone to adopt a plant-based diet low in animal proteins, including pregnant women.