7 Foods That Can Trigger a Migraine

Migraine is commonly characterized as severe headache, it’s not just any ordinary headache but it has several symptoms. Like disturbed vision, numbness in hands and feet, difficulty in speaking, losing balance, vomiting and sensitivity to sound and light, but they can vary from person to person.

Migraine is different from ordinary headaches because it is commonly felt in any one side of the head and can lasts from 4 hours to even 72 hours.

Migraine, as per the researches is caused in the age between 15 years to 45 years. There are still debates going on that either migraine is a neurological condition / disorder or is it a neurological disease.

Like symptoms, triggers of migraines can also vary from person to person, most commonly know triggers of migraine includes food, drinking, hormone change (mostly in women), flickering or bright lights and even change in weather as well.

Foods That Can Trigger a Migraine

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Foods that may trigger migraine have a misconception in the mind of people because all the food items that are said to be culprit for triggering migraine are actually not. Some of are;

1. Chocolate

Chocolate made from coco beans, some bitter chocolates but mostly sweet, many different flavors and variety of chocolate, but people blames such a sweet thing for shooting migraine, but it’s actually not.

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2. Caffeinated Drinks

Most common caffeinated drink coffee is also believed to be a culprit of migraine but once in a while a cup of coffee can actually help in getting rid of migraine.

But, if you are habitual of having coffee daily then missing only one cup can be the starting point of migraine.

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3. Red Wine

If anything consumed in its limits can never harm you, same goes with the red wine, it’s not going to leave you with pulsing migraine unless you drank an entire bottle of it.

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4. Beer

Beer is also said to be a cause of migraine, but it is only correct upto an extent because the tap beer has 25% more tyramine as compared to the bottled beer.

So if you really love beer that just have beer bottle for your own sake.

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5. Monosodium Glutamate

If you suffering from migraine and you love Chinese cuisine but you can’t have it because of MSG (monosodium glutamate).

A commonly used staple used in Chinese cuisine for savory flavor that you think can trigger migraine, so you are thinking wrong because it isn’t the culprit.

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6. Cheese

Milder cheese like mozzarella and ricotta are harmless but having sharp cheese like cheddar can lead you into trouble.

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7. Salami

If you really love to have red meat than go for the burgers but cured meat like Salami are most likely to have a high amount of tyramine, which can cause migraine.

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Well all the above mention triggers can vary from person to person, so most simple and effective solution is to keep a track of what you eat or drink and which of them triggers migraine, the food items of drinks that doesn’t harm you can be a part of your diet and those which do not suites you, well you know what to do.

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