Suffer From Migraines? Stop Eating These 3 Foods

Dacy Knight


Do you suffer from chronic migraine headaches? One solution you may not have looked into is your diet. Dietary triggers are often overlooked when it comes to these painful, debilitating headaches yet Dr. Gary Kaplan, D.O., founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Total Recovery recommends following specific food guidelines as a strategy for avoiding migraines. In addition to focusing on a dietary intake of healthy superfoods packed with omega-3s, magnesium, folic acid, and vitamin B, Kaplan lists a handful of foods migraine-sufferers should steer clear of in a recent post on Mind Body Green. We've highlighted three of them here.

Baked goods. Whether you are sensitive to gluten have celiac disease, even the smallest amount of gluten can set off an inflammatory response in your body, resulting in intestinal and neurological problems—including migraines.

Processed meats. The food preservatives sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite found in processed meats increase the nitric oxide levels in our bodies, increasing the likelihood of migraine headaches. 

MSG. Even if you're wary of Chinese food, you could be consuming monosodium glutamate in a variety of other ways—from salad dressings to chips to canned tuna. Reducing your intake of processed and packaged foods and cutting down on how often you dine out can help lower your intake of MSG.

Suffering from chronic migraines? This could help solve your headache.

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