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10 Best Foods to Conquer An Aggravating Migraine

When you live with migraines, like I do, you know that you'll do almost anything to make it stop. Today I'm sharing some of the best foods you can eat to make that migraine go away.  We have some interesting facts about how these foods work and what foods might be a trigger to bring them on!

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Foods For Fighting Off A Migraine

Migraines are different from headaches. They are often triggered by weather, hormones, food, stress, or smells.  My migraines are triggered by bright lights or fluorescent lighting.  The spring and summer are brutal for me, fighting off lighting changes and seasonal allergies.  That's why I started looking for holistic ways to treat my pain without heavy drugs.

To discover your trigger foods, you need to make a list of everything you ate for 24 hours before each migraine episode.  After a few times of logging.  Make a note of which foods you ate that was the same each time. 

You also want to track how much water you had.  Being hydrated is key to preventing migraines and headaches.

Caffeine And Migraines: Trigger vs Cure

Did you know that many migraine medicines actually contain caffeine? That's because the caffeine opens up the blood flow and helps to get oxygen to your brain.  However, if you are sensitive to caffeine or have a heart issue that prevents you from chugging a cup of coffee when you feel the pain coming, you need to be careful about most over-the-counter treatments. 

Most doctors will tell you that if you are prone to getting migraines you need to limit your caffiene.  

Foods For Migraine Relief:

  • Salty pretzels or crackers – help with nausea
  • Orange or Yellow vegetables like carrots or squash
  • Small sips of carbonated water
  • Rice
  • Salmon 
  • Grains 
  • Mushrooms
  • Ginger
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Chia Seeds
Peanut Butter Jelly Chia pudding

This recipe for Peanut Butter Jelly Chia pudding is an easy pick-me-up for a migraine!

What Foods Should You Stay Away From If You Get Migraines?

If you get migraines, watch out for foods that are high in preservatives.  MSG, artificial flavors, and food dyes can trigger a migraine. Stay away from sodas, fast food, and candy.

  • Alcohol
  • Aspartame
  • Eggs
  • Onions
  • Dairy Products
  • Aged Cheeses

A balanced diet can help prevent migraines.  And keeping your body hydrated is essential to keeping your body in tip-top shape so you can live your best life!

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