Foods To Avoid if You Get Migraines
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People who suffer frequent migraines will do just about anything to avoid them. While even infrequent migraines should be brought to the attention of your ENT specialist, there are some simple steps you can take at home to help reduce migraine occurrences and symptoms. Foods, beverages, and nutritional preferences have a long history of provoking migraines and irritable neuralgic pain. If you struggle with migraine-like symptoms, understanding how diet and food additives perpetuate avoidable symptoms is essential.

The brain, blood vessels, and nerve signals in the body all respond differently to particular foods, so understanding what provokes nauseating and head throbbing symptoms for you is imperative. For some, a specific food or food additive can repeatedly induce painful symptoms, while for others, missing a meal entirely can be the most powerful trigger of pain and discomfort.

The first step if you are experiencing migraines or severe discomfort is to consult a physician. East Texas Sinus & Allergy Center in Longview, TX, has years of experience consulting with migraine patients and developing custom treatment plans that significantly reduce occurrence and severity of migraines. Contact us today. Then, be sure to ask about diet and if changes to your diet are recommended to help treat your migraines.

Foods to Avoid

The following list compiled by Web MD highlights the most common foods and food additives known to trigger neuralgic pain and migraines.

  • Bananas
  • Beans (like broad or fava)
  • Chocolate
  • Corn
  • Citrus fruits
  • Cheese
  • Cultured dairy products (like yogurt and kefir)
  • Nuts and nut butters
  • Onions
  • Tomatoes

Additives to Avoid

In some cases, the additives and chemicals that work to increase shelf life and enhance the taste of your food, actually serve as some of the most potent triggers of migraines. Be vigilant when it comes to:

  • MSG (monosodium glutamate): MSG is a common ingredient in dishes that use soy sauce or a meat tenderizer. MSG can quickly generate notable symptoms within 30 minutes of consumption. Look for any indication of “all-natural preservatives” or “hydrolyzed protein” listed on food products.
  • Nitrates and Nitrites: The majority of cured and processed meats contain nitrates or nitrites. Be alert when consuming cured and processed meats, including hot dogs, ham, or bacon. The swelling they trigger in blood vessels is known to cause headaches and migraines.
  • Aspartame: Be careful when it comes to consuming this artificial sweetener that is 150 times sweeter than natural sugar.

Similarly, the chemicals inside beverages like beer, champagne, hard liquor, and coffee, can make your head pound uncontrollably. The effect that each of these drinks has can vary from person to person, so paying close attention to your body’s response is vital when determining the most potent triggers for you.

If you feel hopeless in your battle with painful migraines, it may be time to contact East Texas Sinus for testing and a specialized treatment plan. For more information or to book a consultation with Dr. Morton and his professionally trained Longview, TX staff, call  903-212-4399 today.

Published by osky-blue-support on: January 30, 2020
Category: Allergies ENT Specialist