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10 Foods that are Bad for Migraine

According to the American Migraine Foundation, 100 million people in the world suffer from migraine. It is a type of headache, in which there is tingling in one half of the person’s head. This pain can bother you for a few hours to several days. The disease is believed to be genetic.

Migraines can be triggered by a variety of things. This includes loud sounds, flash lights, anxiety, smells, medicines, etc. Also, there are some foods and drinks that can promote a migraine attack.

Let us know about those 10 foods, which trigger migraine in most of the people.

 1. Wine

According to a research published in the National Library of Medicine, 35% of patients get migraines after drinking alcohol. Also, 77% of red wine drinkers are troubled by migraine headaches. Drinking alcohol causes dehydration in the body, which is the main cause of headache.

2. Chocolate

After alcohol, the most common food triggering migraine is chocolate. According to the American Migraine Foundation, 22% of migraine sufferers have a problem with chocolate. Chocolate contains caffeine as well as the chemical beta-phenylethylamine, which increases the pain of migraine. 22% of migraine sufferers have trouble with chocolate.

3. Caffeine

If you drink tea and coffee even after having a migraine, then be careful. Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine can increase your headache. Caffeine is most commonly found in tea, coffee and chocolate.

4. Artificial Sweetener

Artificial sweetener is used in most of the things available in the market. It is used to add sweetness to the food items. But the aspartame chemical found in it triggers migraine.

5. MSG

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used to enhance the taste of food. It is mostly added to Chinese soups and non-vegetarian food. Although it is considered safe to eat, but it is harmful for migraine patients.

MSG is used to enhance the taste of food.
MSG is used to enhance the taste of food.
6. Processed Meats

Meats such as ham, hot dogs and sausages contain a variety of chemicals, artificial colors and preservatives. These are not good for our brain. Eating these meats can cause problems in migraine patients.

7. Cheese

Old cheeses contain a substance called tyramine, which causes migraines and other types of headaches. Tyramine is most commonly found in feta, blue cheese and Parmesan.

8. Foods High in Salt

More salt means more sodium. Excess sodium in the body increases blood pressure, which can lead to headaches and migraines in people.

9. Frozen Foods

Eating frozen foods such as ice cream and slush can give people a sharp, severe headache. Migraines can also be triggered by eating cold food immediately after exercising.

Eating ice cream and slush can give people a sharp, severe headache.
Eating ice cream and slush can give people a sharp, severe headache.

10. Pickles or Fermented Food

Eating pickles or fermented food for a long time like old cheese can also trigger a migraine attack. They also contain high amounts of the tyramine chemical.

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