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Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines

How Your Diet Can Cause a Headache


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  • Thankfully, I don't get migraines, but this is good information to know!
  • Thank you very much from a migraine sufferer. I know caffeine and alcoholic beverages triggers mine, as significant changes in altitude.
  • Diet pop should've been on the list! The chemicals and fake sweeteners cause headaches for many!
  • Interesting that bread is on the safe list. Wheat is high on the list for migraine suffers.
  • Sulphites and onions too. It's amazing how many foods have onion powder in them. Also don't forget that food triggers can build up over days. I can have marmite once a week but then I can't have a chocolate biscuit. If I have a chocolate biscuit I have to be really careful with fruit etc etc.

    As soon as I start to go "blind" I haves a cup of "tea" made from half a teaspoon of SKULLCAP herb steeped for 7 minutes. Instead of spending the next six hours lying on the toilet floor not being able to see properly or feel my face, I can just lie down for an hour or so. It really reduces the intensity and frequency.

    Scutellaria laterifolia - can't recommend it enough but do your own research to see if it's for you.
  • 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.

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