Few suspected dietary migraine triggers

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According to a 2004 study, migraine headaches affect 12% of the adult population in the United States. Lack of food or sleep, exposure to light, anxiety, stress, fatigue, or hormonal irregularities (in women) can set off a migraine attack. Exercise, relaxation and avoiding trigger foods may have a role in migraine treatment.

Dietary triggers may affect the migraine process by influencing the release of serotonin and norepinephrine, causing constriction or dilation of blood vessels, or by direct stimulation of the nervous system.  Reactions are often within 24 hours after an implicated food has been consumed.  Nausea, vomiting, and acute sensitivity to light, smells, or sound may occur.
Suspected dietary migraine triggers include:

• Alcohol such as red wine, champagne, and beer

• Rapidly cutting back on caffeine-containing products such as coffee, tea, and cola can trigger caffeine-withdrawal headaches

• Aged cheese such as cheddar, brie, and camembert

• Bananas, figs, raisins and citrus fruits

• Ice cream or other foods at extreme temperatures

• Nuts and peanut butter

• Hot dogs, bacon, ham, salami, chicken livers, and shrimp

• Packaged potato products

• Onions, pea pods, and lima beans

• Monosodium glutamate and aspartame

• Chocolate

One who suffers from migraines is likely not sensitive to all of these potential dietary triggers and, therefore, avoidance of all these foods is not encouraged. Treatment begins with a headache and diet diary. Depending on how often your headaches occur, you may need to keep the diary for several weeks. By recording foods eaten and the times that headaches occur, if food sensitivities exist, a pattern may be identified. That food(s) can then be avoided to prevent future headaches.
Other lifestyle changes that may prevent migraines include following a meal and snack schedule, exercising, weight loss if overweight, increasing the intake of canola oil and fish from the diet, and after consultation with a physician, use of magnesium and fish oil capsules.

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4 Responses to "Few suspected dietary migraine triggers"

  1. janagerlund says:

    I heard that Migraines are related to radio waves sent by UFOS!” Ah but…this one is true. Isn’t it????

    Through the years, well-meaning friends have dragged me to a lot of alternative healers, etc. that they were sure could cure my migraines. Usually, I go along because I am amused by all the “true causes of migraine” that my doctors are totally unaware of. For instance, how many of you realized that: -We are aliens who have not adjusted well to this world (diagnosis by 3 different psychics and 4 alternative healers). This is the #1 diagnosis by alternative healers I have seen! -We don’t have sex/masturbate enough and should immediately do this at the onset of any migraine. –We were insane in our last lives, and this is our attempt to establish an unbreakably connection with reality. -We did something really really bad in our last lives. -We don’t eat enough strawberries (Honestly! 3 different people have told me that this came to them in a sudden revelation!). -Our colons need cleansing. -I, personally, am deathly afraid of black dogs (I had one at the time, and I have another one now—They are my babies!). I don’t know how they related this to headaches, but they did! So, go eat some strawberries, have really insane sex, and call the mothership. Who knew it would be that easy?

    • mariegunnarsson says:

      Det finns ett samband, dock med utlänningar och migrän-flera gånger sedan jag har varit på denna webbplats har jag haft mitt sinne probed och kort därefter upptäckte andra meddelanden på samma tankar jag har haft …! Pretttty övertygande … .. :) Janagerlund, Från vad jag har hört talas om besökare, du är lycklig att det bara är din * sinne * som blivit utforskad! ;-)

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