How Your Diet Can Manage Migraine Pain

August 10, 2015


Migraine headaches can ruin a morning, a meal or an entire day.  The worst thing about them (outside of the pain) is you never know when they’re coming, much less what triggered them.  The good news is that we know enough about migraines to help you avoid certain triggers – including the ones in your diet.

The bad news is, some of the most common migraine triggers in food and drinks are the ones people like to indulge in.  That can mean, the more you eat or drink…the odds of a migraine headache increase. Some research suggests the consistent presence of TYRAMINE (an amino acid) in foods connected to migraines could be a factor. You’ll find a good dose of it in:

Red wine (and other alcoholic beverages)
Processed meats
Aged cheese

Nitrates have also been connected to migraines and their presence in hot dogs, sausages, deli meats and beef jerky. Also, get to know the amount of MSG, HVP, HPP and other additives in the foods you eat. Coffee and caffeine-laced beverages (like soft drinks) have been linked to helping relieve migraines, but it depends on your body’s reaction to it.  If the occasional cup of coffee gives you headaches, it’s best to avoid it when you have a migraine.  Also, the addition of certain sweeteners could be a factor as well.

Just as there are certain foods that can trigger a migraine, there are also plenty of foods that aren’t connected to them at all.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine lists these as Pain-Safe Foods:

Rice, especially brown rice

Cooked green vegetables (broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard or collards)

Cooked orange vegetables (carrots or sweet potatoes)

Cooked yellow vegetables, (summer squash)

Cooked or dried cherries, cranberries, pears, prunes (but not citrus fruits, apples, bananas, peaches, or tomatoes)

Water: Plain or carbonated (Perrier)

Modest amounts of salt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract

You can also avoid migraines simply staying hydrated and not skipping any meals.

At Migraine Treatment Centers of America, we specialize in not only helping people treat migraines, but also advise them in the best ways to avoid them.  This includes drug free management tips like the Omega Procedure.  For more advice on controlling and treating migraines, call us at 855.300.6822.

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