Food Chemicals That Trigger Migraine Headaches

Do you suffer from headaches after eating something? It is possible that you are suffering from a migraine headache. Certain chemicals that people eat can trigger the headache and cause a lot of discomfort. Identifying what trigger the headaches is an integral part of migraine management. Triggers are not the same and vary from one sufferer to the next. Here are the chemicals that you should be aware of in order to avoid migraine headaches.

Tyramine
Tyramine is a protein that is produced as dairy products are fermented. Tyramine is prevalent in hard cheese, cheddar and other aged cheeses. It is also present in fermented soy products, sauerkraut, bananas, pineapples and figs. Tyramine is the leading trigger of migraine that is why it is being restricted to some people. Tyramine is also a leading cause of high blood pressure.

Alcohol
Alcohol can cause dehydration which can cause headaches. Wine and beer are fermented products and also rich in tyramine. It is best to drink alcohol and water alternately to prevent dehydration. Alcohol can cause migraine headache which is on top of hangover. If possible avoid alcohol by drinking fruit juices or to stick with water. Alcohol is known to improve the taste of tobacco causing smokers to stick with smoking even they know the health impact of smoking.

Monosodium glutamate
Monosodium glutamate is a known ingredient especially in oriental or Asian cooking. MSG is an additive designed to enhance the flavor and bring forth the fifth taste known as umami. MSG can cause certain allergies that may include headaches. It is best to test your reaction to MSG by eating certain food with MSG. If you feel some discomfort after eating MSG then you may need to ask your Chinese take-out provider not to put MSG on your food.

Aspartame
Aspartame is known as an artificial sweetener. It is not calorie dense making it great for low-calorie foods and drinks. However, since it is a synthetic chemical it can cause allergy and is a known trigger for migraine. It is best to find other sweeteners such as sucralose or to avoid products that are artificially sweetened. It is best to eat more fruits and vegetables than to eat processed food that can make your discomfort from migraine headache worse.

Gluten
Gluten is a protein that is often found in such grains like barley and rye. It is also found in some wheat products. There are people that are intolerant of gluten that can lead to migraine headaches, nausea or vomiting. It is best to get tested for gluten intolerance first so you can avoid foods that contain this offensive protein.

Migraine IIMigraine is often remedied with pain killers but it can create more problems than it solves. It is better to avoid the triggers. A food diary will enable you to track what foods are offensive and can cause migraine attacks. The quality of life will improve if you are able to avoid the triggers that cause your migraine headaches.

 

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