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Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines

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  • 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. - 5/29/2016 9:30:22 AM
  • Anybody else get migraines from chewing gum? Maybe it's the aspartame, I'll have to pay attention next time. - 5/26/2016 5:19:48 PM
  • 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. - 5/25/2016 10:09:07 AM
  • 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. - 2/28/2016 10:22:27 PM
  • 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. - 1/28/2016 5:58:51 PM
  • MLOTFI2005
    Yesterday I ate macaroni and cheese, 12 hours I have a sever headache. - 11/3/2015 9:05:44 AM
  • 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. - 7/19/2015 9:01:44 AM
  • 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. - 5/26/2015 8:15:12 PM
  • YEYA017
    this article is pointless. you could have just said 'any food can cause migraines'. the truth is that some foods combinations can cause chemical reactions in your body that will trigger migraines. but the research in this area isn't that advanced (as there are so many variables to take into account: like enzymes and water percentage and many other). each organism reacts slightly different to the same food. learn to listen to your body - 5/13/2015 5:16:17 AM
  • Suffered severe migraines from age 12 until I had total hysterectomy about age 50. I could never trace them to any food I ate. - 10/16/2014 10:05:51 PM
  • While many things can and will trigger a migraine, one must be very careful not to automatically reach for things such as magnesium, without checking on whether your body actually needs it. An overdose of these minerals have very serious medical side effects. - 10/16/2014 2:00:00 AM
    I know this thread is about food and it seems my only remaining food trigger these days is anything with oranges in it. When I was 35 I started having migraines almost daily. Fortunately, Imitrex worked for me so I was able to function although it was costing me thousands of dollars every year because insurance would not pay for the quantity I needed. At the age of 56, I started a diet and exercise regimen because I was overweight. I ended up training for triathlons so I am swimming, biking, and / or running six days a week anywhere from 45 minutes to 90 minutes. Yes, I still work full time and take care of my aging father. A few months ago, I realized my migraines were almost completely gone. It must be a side effect of all the exercise I am doing. So never underestimate the benefits you can receive from exercise. I was not expecting that. I eat almost anything I want now too. - 10/15/2014 1:17:12 PM
  • Silly me. I meant that I'm especially bad with foods that still have fungal fermentation going on. I have an uncanny ability to taste Aspergillus and other not-so-true fungi, so blue cheese, another one of my trigger foods, is absolutely off my plate. :( - 10/14/2014 8:47:12 PM
  • Chocolate and MSG are my main migraine trigger foods -- I've had to become an obsessive label reader, since MSG pops in the most random of places!

    In general, though, if something is fermented (except tea and baked goods), I never eat a lot of it (I'm especially bad with fungal fermentation). It's always a good thing to find out how things are made! - 10/14/2014 8:09:14 PM
  • I used to have migraines monthly, they started probably around 20 years ago. I found that it was chocolate that triggered them. When I'm PMSing I crave chocolate, so I'd indulge and then came the migraine. I've had to learn to control the cravings. I can have chocolate in small amounts without getting a migraine. - 10/14/2014 3:03:58 PM

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