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The food you eat can have a big impact on your health and wellbeing. This is even more relevant for sufferers of migraine. Certain foods can help support and prevent migraine and others can set off an episode.

This short post looks at five of the more common foods that migraine sufferers report triggering the dreaded attack…

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Caffeinated drinks.
While some migraine sufferers report one coffee/tea per day can help …
withdrawal or drinking more are often problematic.

Artificial food additives and artificial sweeteners, including aspartame …

 

Pay close attention to what is in fizzy drinks, sweets, cakes etc.
 
 

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While salt is an important part of our diet …
 
For some migraine sufferers very salty food can set off an episode for them.

Chocolate … It seems like all the fun stuff is out …
 
It contains phenylethylamine that sometimes causes blood flow changes that trigger headaches.

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Red wine, beer, whiskey, Scotch, and champagne are the most commonly identified triggers.
 
Alcohol also causes dehydration, which may also cause migraine.

This is not an exhaustive list of foods associated with triggering migraine. What one sets off for you, may have no effect on the next sufferer. If you set out to identify which foods easily trigger you, you can decrease the frequency with which you consume them and reduce your chance of triggering a migraine. 

The best way to identify these triggers is to keep a migraine diary!
 
Other dietary tips for how to prevent setting off an episode include avoiding skipping meals, staying hydrated and maintaining normal blood sugar levels by eating something balanced every few hours.
 

Contrary to popular belief, there are no universal triggers, but there are some commonly occurring ones. Food is not the only factor that can affect your migraine. Stress, sleep disturbance, hormonal changes, environmental triggers like certain smells or lights can all impact too. A multifaceted approach is recommended.

For tips on getting a good night’s sleep check out some other blog posts:

5 MORE Ways to a Restorative, Deeper Sleep.

5 Ways to a Restorative, Deeper Sleep.

If you suffer with regular migraine, did you know that gentle hands-on care can help reduce the frequency and intensity of your migraine? Read more here.

I am more than happy to have a chat with you on the phone to discuss if care at Natural Back Health is suitable for you prior to your first visit. If you have any further questions regarding this topic please do not hesitate to contact the clinic here or on 087 1815007.

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Hopefully you find the general information in this article informative and helpful, however it is not intended to replace medical advice and should not be used as such.

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