18 Food and Drink Types That Could Be Causing Your Migraines
It is something that we never want but it happens. Many of us suffer from headaches and unfortunately, the headaches takes a turn for the worse and becomes a migraine. A really bad headache that you feel in your whole body that potentially makes you feel nauseous and wanting to vomit. It’s as though someone is sticking sharp knives in your head and or perhaps you feel as though you have to squint as your eyesight is no longer functioning clearly.
We want to curl up in bed, in complete darkness, maybe take some medicine whilst waiting until the worst part is over.
What causes the headache? There are various causes ranging from stress, a lack of or indeed too much sleep, certain smells such as perfume or petrol and in the case of women during their menstrual period. There is also the potential for migraines to be influenced by what we eat (or of course what we don’t eat!).
If you suffer from migraines, we would recommend avoiding these foods and seeing if they impact on your condition:
1: Aged cheeses such as cheddar or Brie
2: Sourdough bread
3: Bread and / or crackers with cheese, peanut butter or chocolate
4: Chocolate in general
5: Salted herring
6: Nuts, including peanut butter
7: Lima beans, fava beans and snow peas
9: Chicken livers
11: Do not eat more than 100g/half cup of sour cream
12: Do not eat more than half a banana a day
13: Avoid everything that is salted, fermented or marinated
14: Many kinds of sausages; bologna, pepperoni, salami and hot dogs
15: Don’t drink too much coffee, tea and soft drinks with caffeine; max 2 coffees per day,
16: Figs, papaya, raisins, and avocados.
17: Citrus fruits such as lemons, grapefruit, limes
If you are unsure what exactly is causing your migraine then try and keep a food diary. Write down what you eat and when and the intensity level of the migraine. If your migraine is related to your diet then potentially you can find a way of reducing or even better, removing the symptoms.
If you believe that your migraines are not related to food, then take a look at our blog article ‘10 Positive Steps Towards Removing Your Migraine’.
Yours in health