Migraine Triggers

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Migraine headaches can be very debilitating for those who suffer from them.  Although the causes of migraine headaches can vary from person to person, there are certain circumstances that can trigger a migraine - including your diet.

A migraine is an intense throbbing headache, usually on one side of the head, that is made worse by light and noise and is often followed by nausea and vomiting.
If you suffer from regular migraines, there could be a link between what you eat and their occurrence.  Here are some suggestions:

Not drinking enough water – we all need plenty of pure, filtered water every day.

Just the failure to eat can be a further trigger as anything that disrupts your body’s normal stability can cause a headache – even sleeping too long or skipping meals.  Regular meals and healthy snacks help to avoid migraine occurrence.

Ironically, some over-the-counter pain relievers can actually cause migraines (if they contain caffeine) as caffeine is powerful trigger. Pharmaceutical headache drugs can also cause “medication overuse headaches”.

While it can seem daunting with so many different triggers, causes vary from person to person so it is important to keep track of all that happens before a migraine attack to see if there is a trend.  Keeping a record of what you eat and whether a particular food has an adverse reaction leading to a migraine will help you to such foods in your diet and lessen the likelihood of a migraine.

Just as there some foods that trigger the onset of migraines, so there are others that are actually beneficial, reducing the effects of migraines.  They include:


Getting your diet on the right track can often lead to less frequent migraine attacks but do not forget that environmental factors can also be a source of triggers including extremes of temperature; bright or blinking lights, computer screens, fluorescent tubes and especially glare from the sun; flashing lights or eye strain; odors good or bad; second hand cigarette smoke; fog; over-exertion during exercise; insomnia and changing hormone levels.