Diet and headaches, the foods to avoid

Fighting headaches with food is possible, you just need to pay attention to all those products which can cause a migraine.

Headaches affect million of people in the world, and pain can be so strong that it hinders one’s daily life. This disorder is due to genetic factors, but it was demonstrated that there are also some risk factos

which can increase the possibility of migraines.

Diet is fundamental in preventing and fighting this problem. However, understanding which are the foods which can cause headaches is not that easy. This is due to the fact that there is no general list of products valid for everyone.

Foods that can cause migraines

There are some products which effects on our body cause headaches or worsen the symptoms. Which foods to avoid? The ones you should avoid are those containing specific substances acting on the cardiovascular system.

For example, tyramine is a powerful vasoconstrictor and it increases the heart rate, so it can provoke a migraine. Aged cheese, cold cuts, fish (especially tuna and sardines), red wine and beer are rich in this substance.

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Instead, phenylethylamine stimulates the production of noradrenaline, which increases blood pressure and causes headaches. Therefore, you should pay attention when you eat chocolate and some types of fruit, like citruis fruits and raspberries.

Histamine, a substance which releases adrenaline and noradrenaline, can be found in red meats, yeast, fish, shellfish and in some vegetables, such as spinach, tomatoes and sauerkrauts.

What diet to follow when you suffer from migraines

As we have seen, there are a lot of foods which can cause headaches. However, it is not certain that all these food are responsible for the problem. Each one of us is different and reacts in a different way when coming into contact with substances.

Moreover, each headache is unique and can respond to some foods or not. The best thing to do to understand what products to avoid is to experiment. Try and eliminate from your diet one food at a time for at least one week, and see if there are any changes. If there are not, you can start eating that product again and try with another one.

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ultimo aggiornamento: 04-03-2019

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