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Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines

How Your Diet Can Cause a Headache


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  • This list has a lot of healthy foods that seem to be trigger foods. Soy is not healthy because it mimics estrogen in the body. Margarine is terrible for your health (and I unfortunately grew up on margarine). While I agree that caffeine and artificial sweeteners, etc. can be trigger foods, that facts that compounds like tannins (which are good for your health) can also cause migraines? This list isn't the greatest. And it doesn't take into account anyone's specific health and biological state. However, I'm glad that some supplements and herbs were suggested. Thank you.
  • My main headache trigger is insomnia. The longer I go without good, restful sleep, the greater the likelihood of getting a monster of a migraine. Weather is another of my major triggers--if it's too hot or too cold, I'll eventually end up in pain. I have never really recognized any food triggers, though. I can't remember if it was in this article or another one, but the suggestion was to use the SP Nutrition Tracker (since you're already logging everything you eat) as sort of a headache diary. Rather than simply go by a rather generic list, I'm going to start doing this so that I'll be able to see if any particular foods may be contributing to my migraines.
  • And some of these has to do with too much. Like sweets. A little bit is fine but lots of it can be a trigger adn there's a difference between a trigger and a aggravator. Some things just increases your sensitivity and makes it easier to get a migraine but doesn't actually directly cause the migraine, but indirectly.
  • Also, for some people who get migraines due to hormonal changes, soymilk isn't a good idea because of the phytoestrogens because they mimic estrogen. Some migraine suffers are fine, others aren't. Weird!
  • Yeah, some migraine sufferers can totally have oranges while others can't.
    Here's list of other known food triggers:
  • What causes a migraine for some, does NOT cause for others. This articles fails to mention that.
  • This list may work for the author but it doesn't work for me. Eggs are know to be one of the greatest headache triggers and it was my reaction to them that lead me to find out the cause of my headaches. Vinegar is another know trigger. There are a lot of things on her "safe" list that I cannot eat and things on her bad list that I can (like ice cream made without eggs). I think each of us is individual in our triggers and that often our reaction to a food depends on "how much" of it we eat and "how often" we eat it.
  • I have had migraines since I was 18. I am now 68 and have just discovered that gluten has triggered many of my migraines. My father's side of the family has a problem with celiac disease and gluten intolerance. As long as I don't ingest gluten, I am good to go.
  • Anybody else get migraines from chewing gum? Maybe it's the aspartame, I'll have to pay attention next time.
  • I was so glad to see this article references Feverfew. I have realized that so few people have heard of it (including doctors). I am thankful for my doctor that I had in Colorado that recommended I try Feverfew. It has helped me so much, and I'm happy to say I have far fewer migraines than I did before.
  • SHAHAI16
    Wow, there are way more things on this list than I expected. Luckily, I usually only get migraines during my period (I guess it's a hormone issue since I also have PCOS). Usually I take 2 excedrin migraine with a caffeine-heavy drink, then I go to bed and when I wake up I'm fine. I do know artificial sweeteners are a trigger for me, I avoid them completely because they give me GI problems as well as tasting terrible. Besides that, no idea about the others, but I haven't had a migraine in several months so must be doing something right.
  • I appreciate this article very much since Iknow how much it can help fellow migraine sufferers. My doc taught me about food triggers (had me keep a food journal) and it has helped me so much. Another thing is that if a food triggers migraines (or asthma) try eating an organic version of that food. I found that I was getting migraines from the pesticides! I also get them from certain dyes and other chemicals not mentioned in the article.
  • MLOTFI2005
    Yesterday I ate macaroni and cheese, 12 hours I have a sever headache.
  • Wonderful article! Thank you so much for creating this list. I ate at a pizza buffet last Saturday, something I never, and experienced an horrific migraine the next day. I suspected it was the chemicals in the food and now I'm convinced. I'm going to save this article for future reference.
  • I suffered with cluster headaches from 18 to 58. They would come and go, sometimes for 1-2 years. Usually in the fall of spring they would arrive slowly, grow to a constant pain on one side of my head that made me want to die! I went through menopause and they disappeared, thank goodness. When I was in a cycle I could not drink wine, eat Chinese food, and stayed away from chocolate. If I wasn't in a cycle there were no foods that bothered me. Go figure.

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