When healing can be a headacheWhen healing can be a headache
It starts off as a light throb and gallops to an everlasting migraine. Whether it was something you drank or ate, many foods are held guilty for kicking off migraines. But while eliminating these foods can be the obvious solution, did you know that most migraines are triggered off by acidity? In other words, it’s not what you are eating and drinking but the propensity of certain foods that cause acidic reactions, leading to migraines. Here are some boxes to tick if you want the throbbing to stop.

Don’t Start The Day With Caffeine
While many believe that it is caffeine that prevents the onset of a headache, it causes acidity, leading to a headache. Caffeine is also infamous for being a dehydrating agent, resulting in similar results.

Drink Water
The universal elixir of life, health and even weight loss is water. It drains the flood of pain that a migraine can be. And yet we simply don’t get enough in our daily lives. Drink at least 10-12 glasses of water a day to stave off dehydration and reduce the intensity of pain.

Food Labels
Anything that contains Monosodium Glutamate (or MSG) can kickstart a never-ending headache. MSG isn’t just present in Chinese or Asian cuisines. Read your food labels carefully. MSG has also been associated with other conditions like facial tightness, numbness and palpitations.

Eat From Your Gut
If you take care of your gut, you can control the onset of migraines because if you sort out your gut, you can reduce your acidity. Create an environment that is more alkaline to promote healthy intestinal flora. Probiotic drinks and foods work wonderfully to create this, of course, but you can also do your bit by…

Eating Alkaline Foods

Your entire green leafy family, other vegetables, and fruits, are all alkaline foods. You can never go wrong with eating things that not only keep headaches at bay but also weight gain.

Avoid Too Much Sugar

Another famous migraine trigger is too much sugar. Cut down on spoonfuls during your daily tea (or teas). Sugar disguises itself in packaged foods – sweet or savoury. Look out for any added sugars/ substitute like High Fructose Corn Syrup or simply any compound ending in ‘ose’


Low Fat Diet May Reduce Migraine Headache

Low Fat Diet May Reduce Migraine Headache

NEW YORK: If you suffer from migraine, following a comprehensive diet that includes low fat may help to reduce those headaches, says a study conducted by an Indian-origin researcher.

“The beauty of these diets is that they not only reduce headaches, but may produce weight loss and prevent heart disease,” said Associate Professor Brinder Vij from the University of Cincinnati, US.

There have been three comprehensive diets so far whose very composition may prevent headaches, the study suggests.

These include low fat and low carbohydrate diets and those that increase the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids and decreases the Omega-6 fatty acids.

“Low fat diets restrict the amount of fat in the diet to less than 20 per cent of your daily energy requirements,” said Mr Vij.
“Low carbohydrate diets such as ketogenic diets can reduce headache frequency, but should not be considered without strict supervision. The diet limits carbohydrates more than the well-known Atkins diet,” Mr Vij added.

More than 180 studies on the subject of migraine and diet were reviewed for the purpose.

According to this study, published in The Journal of Head and Face Pain, withdrawal of caffeine by regular drinkers may also trigger headache.

Alcohol, too, especially vodka and red wine are also common dietary triggers for migraine.

Besides, Monosodium glutamate, which is a flavour enhancer used in a variety of processed foods — canned foods, soups, snack foods, salad dressing, seasoning salts, ketchup, barbecue sauce, and heavily in Chinese cooking.