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Common Foods that Can Trigger Migraines

How Your Diet Can Cause a Headache


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  • Well, crap. All the foods I eat are on the "Foods to Avoid" list. I mean avocados? That's a daily staple for me!
  • My daughter has problems with migraines. She is a cancer survivor. Brain cancer. She has been having problems with migraines for many years, even before she was diagnosed. Not sure of the cause.
  • I used to get frequent migraines and one of the meds, yrs. ago, that I took was a caffeine tablet with 2 other meds. so it can be a good thing as well.
  • This is good to know as I'm getting migraines a lot lately.
  • oops... bacon and sodium in general are definitely weaknesses for me. Sad face...
  • 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.

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