One of the main things we know about headaches — particularly migraines — is they’re often triggered. There are no universal headache triggers; what brings on a migraine for you may not for someone else.
Stress, changes in sleep patterns, and extreme fatigue are some commonly reported migraine headache culprits. Another one is food, especially when combined with other triggers.
Because food might contribute to your headaches, our team at AllCare Chiropractic wants to share some common triggers that may be in your diet so you can track what’s causing your headaches or migraines.
Avoid these foods if you’re prone to headaches
The foods below and their link to migraines have been highly studied; however, it’s still not completely understood how or when these foods bring on a headache. Keep a diary of what foods you consume and whether any might influence you getting a headache or migraine.
Caffeine is a well-known headache trigger. Not only can consuming too much caffeine bring on a headache or migraine, but consuming too little can also be a trigger. To avoid a headache, aim to consume about 200 milligrams of caffeine at the same time every day.
You can find caffeine in coffee, tea, or chocolate.
Alcohol — particularly red wine — is one of the most commonly reported triggers. In one study, about 35% of those who consumed alcohol said it gave them a migraine, and 77% of those who drank red wine reported a migraine afterward.
Drinking alcohol can make you dehydrated, a major headache contributor. Plus, components of alcohol — such as sulfites — are also known to cause migraines.
Sugar substitutes such as aspartame and sucralose found in processed foods and diet soda have been linked to headaches.
It’s suggested that you must consume large amounts of artificial sweetener for it to trigger a migraine or headache. But these sweetening alternatives can pack a punch when combined with other factors such as bad weather or stress.
Fermented foods and aged cheeses
Foods in both categories contain high amounts of tyramine, a known headache trigger. So, avoid things such as kimchi, pickles, kombucha, feta cheese, and blue cheese.
MSG and other food additives
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an additive found in many foods. This substance and other additives and preservatives found in salty snacks such as potato chips have commonly been reported as migraine triggers.
If you’re having difficulty narrowing down your migraine or headache triggers, our team at AllCare Chiropractic would love to help. We also recommend regular chiropractic care to reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches.
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