Often, my own migraines are triggered by lack of sleep, or even more commonly, the foods I eat and the things I drink. I have noticed that some of the things that can trigger a migraine for me are champagne, wine, and surprisingly, Chinese take-out. Before I began working with Excedrin Migraine, I was not aware of the fact that diet can be a crucial factor in the frequency of migraines.
Common Food and Drink Migraine Triggers :
that every sufferer should know:
There are many foods and drinks that can trigger migraines, like citrus fruits, nuts, and
foods that contain MSG. It’s important for folks to determine which foods are potential
migraine triggers for them. By tracking their triggers, people can avoid them in the
future, to help prevent or minimizing migraine attacks.
Tyramine: Tyramine is a substance found naturally in some foods, like aged cheese
and red wine. It’s formed from the breakdown of protein as foods age. A good rule of
thumb is that the longer a high-protein food ages, the higher the tyramine content.
Some common foods that contain tyramine include: aged cheeses, red wine, alcoholic
beverages and some processed meats.
Alcohol: Alcohol increases blood flow to your brain, which can cause migraines and
headaches. Red wine, beer, whiskey and champagne are the most common culprits.
Other potential migraine triggers include: artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame),
chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee or tea, tannins, (like red-skinned apples or pears)
caffeinated soda, foods that contain MSG, and nuts or nut butters.
There ARE Foods That Can HELP!
Food For the brain: There is emerging science that suggests foods rich in magnesium,
such as kale and broccoli, support healthy brain function. Try swapping kale for romaine
in your salad at lunch to increase your magnesium intake.
Try The My Migraine Triggers App :
When my migraines hit, I am usually able to keep them under control with Excedrin Migraine, the #1 neurologist recommended over-the-counter brand for migraine relief. It offers convenient and effective relief for migraines and was the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat all the symptoms of a migraine.
How to Connect :
The My Migraine Triggers app is FREE. You can find My Migraine Triggers app on iTunes or in the app store on your apple device.
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