This month is National Nutrition Month. Did you know there are many foods that can potentially trigger migraines and for those who suffer, it’s extremely important to identify those trigger foods. By knowing what they are – and avoiding them – migraine sufferers can help reduce the frequency of their migraines.
The My Migraine Triggers™ iPhone app, developed by the makers of Excedrin® allows migraine sufferers to track the causes of their migraines, including food. It then gathers this data into reports and charts that can easily be shared with my doctor. I know that by tracking my triggers with the app that the foods I eat can cause migraines. I know on the day I eat more sugar, drink more coffee, or less water I can have a migraine.
Registered dietitian Keri Gans offers valuable information about potential migraine trigger foods that every sufferer should know:
- There are many foods and drinks that can trigger migraines, like citrus fruits, nuts, and foods that contain MSG. It’s important for folks to determine which foods are potential migraine triggers for them. By tracking their triggers, people can avoid them in the future, to help prevent or minimizing migraine attacks.
- Tyramine: Tyramine is a substance found naturally in some foods, like aged cheese and red wine. It’s formed from the breakdown of protein as foods age. A good rule of thumb is that the longer a high-protein food ages, the higher the tyramine content. Some common foods that contain tyramine include: aged cheeses, red wine, alcoholic beverages and some processed meats.
- Alcohol: Alcohol increases blood flow to your brain, which can cause migraines and headaches. Red wine, beer, whiskey and champagne are the most common culprits.
- Other potential migraine triggers include: artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee or tea, tannins, (like red-skinned apples or pears) caffeinated soda, foods that contain MSG, and nuts or nut butters.
- Food For the brain: There is emerging science that suggests foods rich in magnesium, such as kale and broccoli, support healthy brain function. Try swapping kale for romaine in your salad at lunch to increase your magnesium intake.
- Excedrin® Migraine is the #1 neurologist recommended over-the-counter brand for migraine relief. It offers convenient and effective relief for migraines and was the first non-prescription medicine approved by the FDA to treat all the symptoms of a migraine.
Being informed will help keep those migraines away and lead to more happy days. I know now that I am running and being more active my migraines have also gotten less frequent and on those days when I need it the most Excedrin® Migraine is there to help save my day. As a busy mom I can’t be bogged down with migraines and Excedrin® Migraine really does help me get on with my day.
To help inspire better eating this month I have a really fun giveaway thanks to Excedrin.
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Emson Two Tier Microwave Steamer Food Cooker – This microwave steamer retains more vitamins & nutrients than other means of cooking vegetables, perfect for healthy cooking. It allows you to cook/steam two dishes at once, fits in most microwave ovens and is dishwasher safe.
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I am a paid Excedrin® Migraine blog ambassador. Compensation has been provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own. I am a paid Excedrin ® Migraine blog ambassador. Along with compensation, three giveaways were provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.
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Laurie Emerson says
Foods with MSG, some sodas, caffeine and some kinds of chocolate.
Katie K says
Suzie Williams says
Too much caffeine.
Michelle W says
I actually get them if I don’t have my coffee but I can’t think of a food that triggers them
MSG for sure!
Kimberly W says
Coffee is a big trigger for me
Valerie Taylor Mabrey says
coffee does for me
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Paula Michele Hafner says
If I don’t have caffeine I can get one. Mine are more weather related. I also can get them from certain allergy triggers such as cats.
Chocolate gets me
Foods that have MSG triggers my migraines
Lisa L says
I find that bananas trigger them for me
soha molina says
after driniking wine
Cori Westphal says
I haven’t ever really associated foods with migraines, but I know too much caffeine can bring em on!
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Michele P says
usually Chinese food with MSG. Sometimes chocolate will too, but mostly processed foods do it for me as well.
Gail Fernandez says
My hormones are mostly hormonal, but I know when I don’t drink enough water, I get a migraine. Also, chocolate and cheese are triggers for me.
for me its stress not food
GENEVIEVE PROULX says
Pepsi is my best friend wheh i have a migraine…
luck me no foods cause me headaches
Andrea v says
Ive thankfully only had a few migraines in my life so I have no idea what triggered them!!!
MSG is killer for me!
Austin Baroudi says
Coffee, Alcohol, and not enough water!
Kristi C says
Caffeine triggers my migraines.
Seyma Shabbir says
salty and too much caffeine
Brandy W. says
I can’t figure it out exactly… I never had them before and now I’ve had 5 in the past two years. Not something I would wish on my worst enemy… So painful!!
Debbie Welchert says
MSG gives me headaches.
Stephanie Larison says
Chocolate triggers mine.
Mary Calabrese says
Certain Chinese herbs.
Becca S says
Anything with MSG!
Mary Casper says
for me chocolate and salt
kelly g says
Dawn Bauer says
I would love it if these would work. How are they different than regular Excedrin? Thanks!
Zubin Z says
Dawn, while both products have the same ingredients, they have different recommended usage, supported by clinical trials. The labels on Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine can help you determine which product is best for your particular type of pain.
Sarah L says
Luckily I don’t suffer from migraines – so no food triggers.
Thanks for the contest.
jessica w says
with me lack of sleep and water trigger it more so than any one food item,but since I have been eating gluten free I haven’t had a single one either
Jill D says
MSG and caffeine are my triggers.
Monique Rizzo says
Thanks for the chance.
Katie Roch says
Caffeine triggers mine
Tracy L Davis says
Andrea v says
I think mine are more hormonal
Vicki Wurgler says
I don’t think food triggers them I think it is everyday stress
Jessica To says
Alcohol will trigger them.
Carolyn G says
Sugar triggers mine
Connie Minton says
No foods that I know of, mine seem to be hormonal!
Jessie C. says
I have no idea what food triggers, usually weather has affects on mine.
Donna L says
Ann Fantom says
One glass of red wine gives me a migrane
caffeine triggers mine, only because I don’t do much caffeine so when I do it is killer.
Sue Ellison says
Lack of food is a trigger for me.
Sheila K. says
I have no idea what triggers mine but fortunately I have only one or two a year!
Sylvia White says
I am not sure what triggers my migraines – I never knew food could – this post is very helpful as I do get migraines frequently now I know to keep track of what im getting and doing.
Susan Heim says
Honestly, I don’t know of any foods that trigger my migraines, but I do know that fluctuating hormones are responsible. Excedrin Migraine is the ONLY over-the-counter medication that works on my headaches.
Amy Orvin says
I’m not sure. But, I get them. I have been suffering for years.
for me, it is slurpees or ice cream. Now, cold food can trigger a miagrane with me.
I suffer from migraines. Sometimes 2 or 3 a month. I have to try everything. Sometimes even results in a trip to the dr to get a shot of demerol. 🙁 No bueno!!
Heather Hayes Panjon says
Sweet Salty Foods
jeannine s says
lack of caffeine and stress does it for me
I don’t think foods trigger them. I think it’s stress.
or lack of food, rather.
Natalie S says
Thank GOD I don’t suffer from migraines! So any food goes for me 🙂
MSG is a killer trigger!
Diane Perez says
Sweet and low triggers migraines for me.