Foods That Can Trigger MigrainesMigraines affect different people in different ways. My triggers are bright lights and stressful situations – but yours might be something else entirely. But while the causes of migraine are different for everyone, there are a few foods that are more likely to hurt your head.
Here are some foods you might like to avoid, to see if they help ward off migraine. For tailored advice, consider chatting with a dietitian, nutritionist, or other health expert:
Caffeine and migrainesInterestingly, too much or too little caffeine can spark a migraine. You probably know which one is the case for you. Interestingly, a study by the American Migraine Foundation found caffeine can stop migraines in their tracks.
So if caffeine isn’t a problem for you, try a cup of coffee or tea, or a square of dark chocolate. It might just give you the relief you need. But if so, count yourself lucky. Because a staggering 75% of migraine sufferers say chocolate triggers their head thumping, making it the second most common trigger after alcohol.
Amino acids are the enemySo why can chocolate cause migraines in some people? You can probably blame two amino acids found in chocolate – tyramine and phenylethylamine.
Also present in aged or fermented cheese, soy products, citrus fruit, nuts, and vinegar, it’s believed these amino acids affect blood flow in the brain or prompt other chemicals to be released, causing a migraine.