As a pill dependent nation, we tend to look for over-the-counter or prescription medications to cure what ails us. Unfortunately, when it comes to migraine pain, there is little in the way of research indicating their cause, let alone an effective cure. Migraines affect mood, concentration, sleep, and mobility, and medications are either ineffective or quickly become so. Thought to be due to neuron misfirings in the brain, migraines may be caused by the presence of, or lack thereof, certain foods and minerals that act upon neurons in the brain.
Is There a Link Between Food and Migraines?
Many scientists are aggressively pursuing the concept that certain foods can trigger migraines while others may help alleviate and prevent them from occurring. Because the links between eating certain foods and the occurrence of migraines appear to be rather individualized, no scientific assessment has been recognized in an official capacity. However, there does seem to be correlations among the populace of migraine sufferers and specific trigger foods.
Common Migraine Triggering Foods
• Artificial Sweeteners – Aspartame in Equal, NutraSweet and other artificial sweeteners
• Chocolate – Avoid milk chocolate and try purer blends of dark chocolate instead
• Dairy Products – Full fat milk and cheeses and cultured dairy products
• Caffeine – Often relieving during a spell, but can become addicting and trigger migraines
• Processed Meats – Nitrates and tyramine are linked to triggering migraines
• Food Dyes – Particularly Yellow #6, found in Mountain Dew and most cheesy chips
• Sulfites – Commonly found in wines
• Nuts – Even a mild allergy to nuts can set off a migraine
• Food Additives – The body can’t process most additives and migraines may result
The best way to identify whether certain foods trigger your migraines is to keep a food diary for several weeks. Make sure to list every food and beverage you consume, even a stick of gum or a flavored water. Document any signs of a migraine, even those that don’t fully surface. Note the times of every entry, and then your physician may be able to help you narrow down your migraine triggering foods.
Essential Migraine Relief with Vitamins and Minerals
There are a few essential vitamins and minerals that migraine sufferers should consider incorporating into their daily diet including magnesium, co-enzyme Q-10, vitamin B-2, and vitamin A specifically. Traditional foods may not give your body adequate amounts of these, and supplementation may be necessary as advised by a physician. Although there is no scientific evidence showing reductions in migraines and these vitamins, actual suffers report up to 50% fewer headaches post-supplementation.
Don’t wait for modern medicine to solve your migraine problem. Explore the connection between foods and migraines for yourself, and learn how to combat everyday health issues by avoiding trigger foods and consuming ample migraine-reducing minerals.
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Tracey has always had a keen interest in holistic health and natural remedies. Since having her first child, that interest has intensified. Several friends and family members that have migraines have said that these supplements and food correlations have been very helpful in reducing migraines. Tracey works from home promoting Highland Lakes wedding venues.