Doctors might not know the direct cause of why people get migraines, but they do know that there are certain diet habits that can help people minimize them. Of course, migraine triggers can be unique to each person, so it’s important to keep a log of the episodes you experience in order to learn yours.
If you’re not sure if your diet is contributing to your migraines, consider these diet tricks recommended by the American Migraine Foundation:
Learn How Caffeine Affects You
Caffeine can be a key part of your diet as you try to avoid migraines. It’s important to learn how much you can tolerate, or how much you need to have in order to avoid causing headaches from withdrawal. Some people have had the best luck eliminating it from their diet completely, and only relying on it in medication form. Others have learned how to balance having coffee, tea, and soda.
Eat on a Regular Schedule
Low blood sugar levels caused by hunger can make anyone cranky and get a headache, but it’s so much worse for migraine sufferers. Hunger is a commonly reported migraine trigger. Waiting long periods of time between meals is also detrimental to your overall health. If you’re trying to minimize your migraines, plan ahead to make sure your meals are on schedule. You can also carry high protein snacks with you, just in case something comes up that stops you from getting to lunch right away.
Try Eliminating Common Dietary Triggers
While doctors don’t recommend adopting an “elimination diet” in order to mitigate migraines, there are some common food items that people report are often migraine triggers. With your migraine diary, keep track of your reactions when you end up eating the following foods:
- alcohol (especially red wine and beer)
- aged cheese
- cured meats
- smoked fish
- yeast extract
- food preservatives that contain nitrates and nitrites
- artificial sweeteners
- monosodium glutamate (MSG)
If eliminating these from your diet lessens your migraines, you are one step closer to living migraine free! We support you as you begin learning what you can do to reduce your migraine episodes.