Migraines – Could a Simple Change in Diet Be Your Solution?
Migraine headaches have many triggers and food is a big one of those triggers. All foods don’t trigger migraines in people the same way or affect them in the same way. As well, a food that triggers a migraine headache may trigger it one day and not another time you eat that food. Making a list of the foods you eat daily so you can look at what food may have triggered your migraine when it comes on can be a good way to identify the changes you need to make in your diet to avoid migraines.
Below are some of the foods that have been known to cause migraine headaches. Changing your diet to have less of these foods will help lessen the chances of a migraine headache coming on.
Foods that have a high level of tyramine can cause migraines. The level of tyramine in foods will increase as that specific food ages or when it has been stored for a long period of time. Some of these tyramine-containing foods are cheese, cured meats, yeast (including fresh bread), and beer. The less you have of these foods the less your chances of getting a migraine.
Specific additives that are put in foods such as nitrates and nitrites that are added for the purposes of preventing food poisoning or to add flavor can bring on migraines. Nitrites are found in foods like hot dogs, bacon, sausage, and pepperoni. Usually, if you are going to be affected by migraines from these additives it will happen within a few minutes after you eat that food. MSG (monosodium glutamate) is often the trigger for migraines. Usually, if you eat something with MSG a migraine can come on within 30 minutes. This is found in meat tenderizers and packed and prepared foods.
Alcohol and Caffeine
Red wine has often been noted to be a migraine trigger as well as alcohol. Caffeine as well has been known to trigger migraines. This can be found in energy drinks, sodas, coffee, tea, chocolate and other foods. Caffeine goes to the brain pretty fast and it can help the body absorb medicines.
Chocolate has been known to trigger migraines in people. Although it has a low amount of caffeine it does tend to be a trigger. It could be that people crave caffeine when they are getting a migraine and could be coincidental. Keeping a log of what you eat may help to define if chocolate is triggering your migraines.
Believe it or not, when you don’t eat a migraine can be triggered. Even though some foods cause the migraines, not eating foods are going to cause you to have a low blood sugar count which will trigger a migraine. Eating regular small meals and a snack in between the meals will help lessen the chance of migraines.
If you have migraines regularly, monitoring your diet and making note of what you had before a migraine came on will allow you to see what dietary changes need to be made to lessen the chances of having migraines.
Alex Dawson enjoys writing about food and health. He is a contributing author at http://grouphealthinsurance.org.