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Clear Your Body and Clear Your Mind-Ten Foods That Can Trigger Migraines


Having a clear mind-body connection can help you to better tune in to your health and in the long term, help to prevent deficiencies and malnourishment. Though most of our daily stresses are due to factors beyond our physical control (i.e; weather, traffic, and work related stress) we are constantly putting things into our bodies that can cause chemical imbalances. These imbalances trigger shifts blood sugar levels, changes in blood pressure, regulation of body heat, and stabilization of neurotransmitters in the brain. Coincidentally, these same chemical reactions that bring stability in our body also cause instability and adverse reactions such as migraine headaches. A severe type of headache caused by the blood vessels in the brain swelling and constricting that is still unclear to researcher as to how it can be prevented or cured completely.

Though research has not led to any such measurable cures for tension headaches and migraines, doctors have been able to narrow down however certain foods and products that can worsen and even bring on headaches.

  1. Aspartame: The culprit found in many artificial sweeteners, diet sodas, and candy, contains excitotoxins known to affect nerve cells. If you find that artificial sweeteners are the stigma of your aches, try switching to natural products that contain true sugar (fructose or evaporated cane juice) or more natural sweeteners like stevia for example.

  2. Caffeine: No surprise here right? Coffee, tea, colas, and diet pills pack a powerful amount of the headache causing ingredient.

  3. Chocolate: Well anything with cocoa in it actually! Phenylethylamine, which is contained in virtually everything chocolate, can cause blood vessels in the brain to swell and contract.

  4. MSG: Monosodium glutamate, found in common over processed foods, fast foods, and seasoned salts, low fat, and low cal foods.

  5. Nuts: Yes, your yummy peanut butter too! Almonds and pistachios as well as other varieties can be triggers to your pain. Moderation is the key to allow yourself to enjoy these heart healthy fats!

  6. Deli Meat and Fish: Whatever the process using nitrates is; be it aged, canned, marinated, smoked, or cure it's sure to trigger a migraine.

  7. Dairy Products: Again, the aging process of cheese produces a chemical that can trigger migraines. If you find you are sacrificing your daily needed protein intake because your current protein powder brand isn’t too friendly with your digestive system, try good quality brands that are lactose and gluten free.

  8. Red wine: Having a little with dinner is fine for your heart, but dark alcohol and balsamic and vinegar dressings should be avoided if you are a frequent migraine sufferer.

  9. Certain Fruits and Vegetables: Citrus fruits, fruit juices, bananas, raisins, and other dried fruits preserved with sulfites, raspberries, plums, papaya, passion fruit, figs, dates, and avocado. Vegetables making the list include, sauerkraut, peas in a pod, navy and lentil beans, and onions being the worst.

  10. Fresh Baked Breads: Yeast risen breads, such as sourdough, bagels, and doughnuts, soft pretzels, and pizza dough that are consumed less than 24 hours right out of the oven.