Research finds seven food items that can trigger migraine

Migraine is a highly complex condition. Although there might be a number of associated symptoms, a long painful headache is usually the main feature. There is a common saying, that only a person experiencing migraine can tell how challenging the condition is.

The worst part is perhaps not knowing when it will occur. Sometimes the headache starts at the most unusual instance like when you are in your office. That being said, there are obviously numerous triggers to migraine. What is important at the end of the day is to keep a check on either of the one. For example, continuous exposure to bright light may initiate the symptoms. Similarly, eating some types of foods may also become a viable cause.

This article will try to dissect some of the potential triggers of migraine. In the end we will see the foods, patients should avoid consuming.

Using computers/laptop/mobile phones for a long duration

Certainly, technology has made our lives far easier. We can connect with another person, separated by distances, within a span of a few seconds. Different applications have solved even the nitty-gritty problems we were faced on an everyday basis. But if you are fond of Black Mirror, you would know that technological advancement has a dark side! While there are known benefits, the consequences are equally important to consider. One consequence you should aware yourself with is that using technological devices can trigger symptoms of migraine. This holds true mostly for equipment that has low-resolution screens.

Exposure to bright lights

This is far the most common cause of migraine. If you are sensitive to light or have photophobia, you have a greater likelihood to be at a risk. This can happen literally anywhere as long as there is a bright light present. For example, flickering or neon lights can potentially be very harmful. Similarly when outside, exposure to bright sunlight can cause irritation in your brain cells. It is therefore pertinent that you wear sunglasses whenever you visit outdoors.

Day-to-day stress

One additional cause of migraine can be the piled up stress or any sudden situation which is deemed stressful. For example, for some people, everyday activities like driving can instigate a painful headache for some people.

What food items are responsible for migraine?

The aforementioned discussed looked into some of the common culprits. Now arrives the main part: can any food and drinks be responsible for causing migraine? The answer is YES. From known empirical evidence, some items are risky compared to other thereby triggering symptoms. These particularly include:

  1. Spicy food (Indian curry or Chinese food)
  2. Red wine and other alcoholic beverages
  3. High amounts of caffeine
  4. Salt (monosodium glutamate)
  5. Chocolate
  6. Zero-calorie sweeteners (like aspartame)
  7. Aged cheese

If you believe that any of the food items are becoming responsible, exclude them from your daily diet. It is best that you keep yourself safe by avoiding all these foods.

Fortunately, there are other dietary items which you can eat to lessen the headache. Although research is ongoing, some of them believed to be healthy for migraine are as follows:

  1. Brown rice
  2. Sweet potatoes
  3. Carrots
  4. Spinach
  5. Cooked fruits
  6. Cherries


Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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