The Connection between Diet & Migraines

Headaches vs. Migraines
Headaches are usually a sign of dehydration, magnesium deficiency, not enough sleep, stress, or a hormonal imbalance. Headaches last about a day and don’t interrupt daily tasks.

Migraines have been identified as a neurological disorder involving nerve pathways and brain chemicals. It’s accompanied by throbbing pain with sensory and neurological symptoms. Migraines can last from 24 to 48 hours.

Most common Migraine symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Sensitivity to lights, smells and noise/sound
  • Throbbing in your head/neck
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Seeing Auras

Foods that Can Trigger a Migraine
One of the best ways to determine if your diet is causing migraines is to work with a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN). An RHN can provide the necessary steps to eliminate, document and test food triggers. 

Foods that contain tannins, sulphites, nitrites, tyramine, octopamine, phenylethylamine, artificial chemicals, and histamine such as:

  • Aged cheeses
  • Fruit such as bananas, strawberries, raspberries, oranges, and grapefruit
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Aspartam
  • MSG
  • Chocolate
  • Smoked/Cured foods

Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Support your gut microflora
  • Get enough sleep
  • Reduce stress
  • Reduce heavy scents(perfume), blue and blaring lights

Final Note
I would love to hear from you and which points worked for you and reducing your Migraines!