this is the other type of migraine, and for this to be diagnosed there must be at least five attacks with severe headache, that last from 4 to 72 hours each. At least two of the following qualities must be present for a migraine diagnosis:
The theories of why Migraines occur are many and varied, with some of the arguments based on genetics, neuronal/nervous system disorders, hormones, medications, blood/platelet issues and more. We cannot say with any certainty what the reasons are. Still, we do have some clear links through scientific studies that migraines are in some cases related to food intolerances or allergies. Bushara et al released a study in which celiac patients had a great reduction in the frequency of migraines once they removed gluten entirely from their food intake. This is just one of many studies showing this gluten link. Another component of food that has also been shown to trigger migraines is dietary amines, and we will delve a bit more into what these amines are soon.
First, let’stake a look at some of the commonly known triggers.
Dietary amines are well known to be causative of migraines, but you may be wondering what even is an amine! They are by-products of protein digestion or breakdown within the food, and they occur at the highest levels in foods that are considered mature. This refers to aged cheese, fermented meats and ripe fruits.
This list contains foods that are very high in amines levels, and are known to trigger migraines in some sufferers.
If you experience unresolved Migraines, the first step is to take a food intolerance test. This will allow you to discover what foods are causing your symptoms and allow you to avoid them. Removing these foods from your diet reduces your bodies inflammatory load, which can help greatly in reducing migraine attacks.
A further option is to remove all of the food triggers that we mentioned above in the section titled ‘food triggers and migraines’. Coffee and chocolate are two major ones to remove, and if this doesn’t bring relief, then you can go through the list and see how your body reacts.
Hydration is also crucial! Consuming two litres of water a day can be extremely beneficial for both migraine and headache sufferers, as often the conditions are caused or exacerbated by dehydration.
Maintaining even blood sugar has also been shown to help in avoiding migraines. You can do this by eating small regular meals/snacks that are low in added sugar and high in protein and fibre. Some example foods are brown rice with chicken and greens, coconut yoghurt with nuts and fruit, tortillas with Mexican beans and salad, veggie sticks with hummus, and eggs.
Migraines are suffered by many people the world over, and they can have a debilitating effect on a person’s quality of life. Likely you either experience them yourself, or know someone who does, and the results are not pretty. This article takes a dive into how undiagnosed food intolerances can affect migraine sufferers.
There are two types of migraines, and we discuss the differences and explanations of both, along with some of the most common triggers. They are not always food-related, and can include things such as dehydration and stress! There are, however, several known food triggers, and we also discuss these and include a list of well-known foods to avoid.
Following on from this, we give you a useful list of things you can do to help prevent food-related migraines, including removing your intolerance foods and staying well hydrated. These two factors account for a large number of migraines alone.
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