Lavender Oil

Known for its sweet smell and intoxicating aromas, lavender oil has for a long time been used as a fragrance and for aroma therapy.

Peppermint Oil

Well known for its intense and unique smell, but it has also been used to treat pain for centuries. Muscle spasms, toothaches, nausea, as well as of course migraines have all been shown to be helped by the use of peppermint.

Feverfew

Was first used in ancient Greece around the fifth century BC for a variety of ailments such as dizziness, inflammation, breathing problems, and migraines.

Foods that trigger Migraines

Migraines are severe to moderate headaches, almost 6 million people in the UK have them and three times as many women as men have them. There are a number of factors which may cause or trigger an attack. Changes in the brain for example as well as to genes that run in families. People can even inherit the triggers that give them migraine headaches, such as fatigue, bright lights, weather changes, and others. In this article, however, we will be focusing on some certain type of foods that can trigger a migraine attack.

Alcohol

Beer, red wine, sherry, and vermouth they all contain large amounts of tyramine, which is one the major trigger of migraines, alcohol beverages also the blood flow through your brain which can cause dehydration,  which is a significant contributor in developing headaches.

Chocolate

Chocolate has a lot of ingredients that can trigger migraines such as caffeine and also beta-phenylethylamine, is it considered the second most common trigger for this condition after alcohol. Research suggest that almost 22 percent of headache sufferers identify chocolate as one of their headache triggers.

Caffeine

Consuming large amount of caffeine or not having enough can cause migraines, Caffeine is found in chocolate and cocoa, beverages such as coffee, tea, and colas, and in certain medications. It work by increasing the alertness and energy in your body, this why it can cause insomnia. Not getting enough caffeine is also known to cause head pain which can last for days.

MSG foods

MSG, monosodium glutamate this is a food additive used to enhance the flavor. Recent research link it to migraines and it is responsible for 10 to 15 percent of the cases. one 2008 study suggested that 2.5% of these headaches may be triggered by the ingredient. Potato chips, frozen dinners, cold cuts, gravies, ranch dressing, salty flavored snacks, you name it; any of these items can contain MSG. Because MSG is added to so many packaged and processed foods.

Artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners have been linked to cause a variety of issue, one of them migraines. Sugar substitutes are loosely considered any sweetener that you use instead of regular table sugar (sucrose). Artificial sweeteners are just one type of sugar substitute. Artificial sweeteners attract water exactly the same way as fructose does, thereby acting as diuretics in addition to causing diabetes mellitus type II.

Chinese Food

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is the biggest offender of food additive migraine triggers. Chinese food is well-known for containing MSG, but you may want to avoid buying these common foods at the grocery store: broths, soups, processed and packaged foods, salad dressings and frozen foods. Your best bet is to stick with non-processed, organic foods with no additives. It might make shopping a little more challenging, but your body and your migraines will thank you.

 

Processed Meats

Often, food additives are the culprits behind food-related migraine triggers. High levels of sodium nitrates and nitrites have been found to cause migraines, so it’s wise to steer clear of processed meats like hot dogs, bacon, salami and lunch meats. That doesn’t mean you have to avoid these tasty treats entirely. Just opt for organic, nitrate- and nitrite-free versions.

 

The following is a list of other foods that can trigger migraines:

  • Potato chip products
  • Smoked or dried fish
  • Aged cheese
  • Pickled foods (pickles, olives, sauerkraut)
  • Bread, crackers, and desserts containing cheese
  • Onions
  • Avocados
  • Certain fresh fruits, including ripe bananas, citrus fruits, papaya, red plums, raspberries, kiwi, and pineapple
  • Dried fruits (figs, raisins, dates)
  • Soups made from meat extracts or bouillon (not homemade broth)
  • Cultured dairy products, sour cream, buttermilk, yogurt

Identifying what triggers migraines for you will help you avoid it, especially when you know you’re facing other factors that can trigger a migraine attack. Additionally, confirming that some foods you may have thought were triggers aren’t connected to your migraines will let you resume enjoying those foods worry-free. Any changes you make that encourage you to eat a healthier, more balanced diet will contribute to your overall well-being and increase your chances of reducing your migraine attacks.