If you suffer from migraines, then you probably already know that there are some foods you need to stay far away from.
These foods are known as “triggers,” and anytime you eat them you take a real chance that you’re going to end up in pain.
Migraine triggers include:
- Red wine
- Aged cheese
- Soy sauce
- Cold foods
- Processed meats
- Pickled foods
Migraines are tricky though, and every migraine sufferer is different. Some of the foods on this list are also known to relieve the pain of a headache.
The foods that we eat affect each of us in our own way, so if you are prone to migraine attacks it is a good idea to keep a food diary to see how your body reacts to the foods you eat.
According to researchers at Harvard Medical School, there is a lot more known about what causes migraines than what cures them.
Here are some foods and diet tips you might want to try to see if they help make the pain go away:
One of the best things you can do to avoid migraines is to keep your blood sugar steady. You can do this by choosing complex carbs instead of processed foods.
1. Turn to brown rice instead of white.
2. Eat quinoa and other protein-rich foods like fish, eggs and beans.
3. Make sure you drink plenty of water.
4. Eat small meals throughout the day.
5. Eat foods that ease inflammation. Flaxseed is rich in omega-3s. They can easily be added to many foods.
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Other steps you can take include using essential oils to decrease tension in your blood vessels. Both lavender oil and peppermint oil have been shown to help.
Do not take them internally. Instead, add a few drops to hot water and then inhale the scented steam.
If you want to start keeping a food diary to figure out what foods to avoid, it’s easy to do.
Start with a list of foods that are known to be pain-free.
- Cooked green vegetables, including Swiss chard, spinach and collards
- Cooked yellow vegetables like summer squash
- Cooked orange vegetables like carrots and pumpkin
- Brown rice and quinoa
- Cooked non-citrus fruits
Try to avoid foods that are known triggers.
If this pain-free diet leads to fewer or no headaches, it’s time to add back possible triggers. Add them in one at a time every two days to see if there is an effect.
If you do get a headache then you need to add the eliminated food to your “do not eat” list. The longer you do this, the longer your list of allowed foods will be, and the more certain you will be of what you need to stay away from.
Yours in health and happiness,
P.S. Please share this important info. with your loved ones who suffer from migraines.