Eat Your Way to Migraine Relief
Migraine sufferers may already know about which foods trigger a painful migraine, but if not - keeping a food journal can help. Sweet treats, chocolate, and alcoholic beverages are commonly served during the holidays (which are right around the corner), and they’re also common migraine triggers, so be mindful if you suffer from frequent headaches.
Read on to view the complete list of common migraine triggers.
✓ Chocolate and cocoa (Chocolate: milk, ice cream, pudding, cookies, cake, or pie).
✓ Alcoholic beverages (especially red wine, beer, and sherry)
✓ Caffeine✓ Nuts & nut butters
✓ Pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds.
✓ Fruits such as: Figs, raisins, papayas, avocados (especially if overripe), red plums,overripe bananas
✓ Beans such as: broad, fava, garbanzo, Italian, lima, navy, pinto, pole & string beans.
✓ Other vegetables such as: snow peas and onions (except for flavoring).
✓ Raw garlic
✓ Anything fermented, pickled or marinated (sauerkraut, olives, pickles).
✓ Freshly baked yeast bread or coffee cake, doughnuts, sourdough bread.
✓ Cultured dairy products (buttermilk, sour cream).
✓ Cheese: blue, brick (natural), Gouda, Gruyere, mozzarella, Parmesan, provolone,Romano, Roquefort, cheddar, Swiss (emmentaler), Stilton, Brie types and Camembert types.
✓ Aged, canned, cured or processed meat, including ham or game, pickled herring,salted dried fish, sardines, anchovies, chicken livers, sausage, bologna, pepperoni,salami, summer sausage, hot dogs, pâté, caviar, mincemeat pie.
✓ Other high sodium products: Meat tenderizer, soy sauce, monosodium glutamate(MSG), seasoned salt, (Accent), canned soup, soup or bouillon cubes.
✓ Excessive Vitamin A (over 25,000 I.U. daily).
Many cases of migraine begin or get significantly worse after an incident or injury. 1 in 7 daily chronic headaches are due to head or neck injury according to migraine.com. These injuries can be any kind of physical trauma to the head or neck. Two of the most common types are concussion and whiplash.
For whiplash, comprehensive examination and rehabilitation of your entire neck, shoulders and back area is encouraged to minimize ongoing complaints. The sooner you begin your rehabilitation the better for your recovery. Ideally, consult with a doctor as soon as possible after the incident.
If you didn’t notice any symptoms at the time of the incident or were in shock, you may not have reported whiplash or sought any treatment. Many people may have had no examination or rehabilitation whatsoever even years after the event. In this case it may still be worthwhile getting some kind of physical therapy or manual therapy expert to help correct any mal-adaptive healing or habits your body may have developed as a result.
Migraines occur when the number of triggers reaches a critical threshold. This can be linked to a glass of water that overflows at a certain point. One frequently overlooked trigger comes from restricted joints in your neck. Research has shown a “significant reduction” in migraine frequency and intensity through chiropractic care.
If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, call Coast Chiropractic Centers today to schedule a free consultation at 239-278-3344.