Combat Migraines With Healty
Combat Migraines With Healty Food Choices. and by Avoiding
Certain Foods Those who suffer with migraines understand the
meaning of the word - pain. They experience pain to the point
of it becoming a debilitating condition for them.
The pain they experience is the result of blood vessels that
have become overfilled with blood. These vessels that are
overfilled put pressure on the sensitive nerve endings in your
brain. This causes the throbbing and very painful symptoms of
Some patients report that they become hypersensitive to
certain lights and sounds while experiencing a migraine. They
can become nauseous or vomit during an migraine attack. Women
are 3 times more likely to experience migraines than men are.
Certain foods may be able to reduce the severity of these
migraine attacks or decrease the number of attacks that
Those who suffer from migraines may benefit from eating cold
water fish like cod, herring, mackerel, sardines and tuna
because they contain omega-3 fatty acids. Migraine sufferers
have reported a decrease in symptoms and occurrences when they
avoid eating the following foods: aged cheeses, chocolates,
fermented sausages, pickled herrings, salt, sour cream and also
saturated fats in excess.
Other foods that may be "triggers" or things that may set
off migraines are: citrus fruits, hot dogs, foods that contain
aspartame or monosodium glutamate (MSG), ice cream, and
alcoholic beverages like beer and red wine. Migraine sufferers
have reported that the foods that are the most likely culprits
to trigger their migraines are: bananas, chocolates, citrus
fruits, consuming alcohol, and eating cheeses. MSG is a common
food flavoring added by restaurants especially Chinese
Make sure you ask specifically if what you are ordering
contains any MSG. Most restaurants are happy to prepare your
dish without adding MSG to it. Learn to make a habit of reading
food labels while selecting items at the grocery stores.
There are lots of commercially prepared foods (boxed and
canned) that contain MSG. The more common of these foods are:
croutons, frozen dinners, potato chips (some varieties), salad
dressings, soups, soy sauce, and also stuffing mixes. Be
careful when you are reading labels for foods containing MSG
because some manufacturers will use alternative names for MSG,
like: autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed proteins or sodium
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The chemicals contained in certain foods that are most
likely to be responsible for triggering migraines are: amines.
You may find them labeled as: histamine, phenylethylamine and
tyramine. You can find tyramine in aged or blue cheese, beer,
cured, smoked or pickled meat and fish, red wine, and also soy
Foods that have phenylethylamine in them
include: berry pie filling in cans or canned berries, citrus
fruits, cheesecake, chocolate, cocoa, red wine and yellow
cheeses. Foods that contain histamine are: bananas, beef, beer,
cheese, chicken livers, citrus fruits, chocolate, shellfish,
pork and processed meats such as salami, sauerkraut, spinach,
strawberries, well-ripened yellow cheeses, yeast as well as
foods baked with yeast.
To boost the chance of having enough vitamin
C in your food choices you should strive for
120 milligrams each day.
You will get that much in 2 oranges. Other
foods besides berries and oranges that are rich
in vitamin C are broccoli and cantaloupes.
It is a good decision to check with your
healthcare provider before eliminating any food from your diet,
as food triggers can be different for different individuals.
Sometimes keeping a food diary that shows all the food and
beverages consumed over an entire month along with details of
any symptoms of migraine that you experience can aid both you
and your healthcare provider in understanding which foods can
be identified as migraine triggers for you.