• Deanne Panday

Migraine? Again? Watch out for these common culprits

Lack of sleep, anxiety, hormonal imbalances and weather changes are not the only factors triggering your Migraine. What you eat or drink and when can also trigger these painful headaches.

Migraines can disturb your general course of activities. It refers to severe headaches, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. We know how painful migraines can be. Thus, it is very important to keep a track of factors triggering Migraine and eliminate them.

Here are five drinks and foods that trigger migraine quite often -

1. Caffeine

Caffeine is naturally found in Coffee, Tea, Green tea, Soft drinks and Cocoa. It is well-known for stimulating our nervous system. In today’s day and age, every other person is caffeine dependent. This dependency triggers Headaches and muscle stiffness. Since caffeine is found in most of the foods and drinks we consume in our day to day lives, it is important to keep a check on its consumption. If not so, it can provoke migraine headaches. Even caffeine withdrawal can set off painful headaches. This also includes chocolates.

2. Cheese and Meats

Cheese, especially aged cheese triggers headaches. The sodium levels can cause dehydration. Meats such as bacon, ham, and sausages contain nitrites. This release causes widening of the blood vessels and thus, migraine.

3. Alcohol

One of the main triggering points of a Migraine is Alcohol. The reason behind this is, it causes dehydration which just fans the flame in case of a migraine. So if you’re prone to Migraine headaches, think twice before pouring that second glass of wine.

4. Citrus fruits

Fruits with a high citric content i.e a high acidic content can cause gastric irritation and trigger migraines. People with a migraine tendency, should hold back on citrus fruits.

5. MSG (Monosodium glutamate)

Commonly found in Chinese food, is an excitatory neurotransmitter which can trigger a migraine attack. MSG is not only present in Chinese foods but also prepared foods such as salad dressings and barbecue sauce.

These foods and drinks are the most common trigger points behind headaches. But these are not universal. Try to keep away from these food products. Maintain a journal to list down the foods you ate shortly before getting migraine symptoms. Eliminate or avoid the items from this list, as a precaution. This is not a cure but it will definitely reduce the frequency of your attacks.

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