When it comes to migraine, we are so focused on figuring out our bedeviling culprits. Food triggers are often tricky and can turn into an obsession for some. So, the recent study about fish oil and migraine was welcomed news as the focus shifted in a wonderful way. Instead of telling us about what foods we should avoid, it informed us about what we probably should eat to help minimize the frequency and intensity of migraine episodes.
If you are reading this, then you are likely curious about whether or not the ketogenic diet can help you find migraine relief. As a registered dietitian schooled in the low-fat era, I thought "Eww, gross!" about low-carb and keto. I wish I had been more open-minded sooner. Keto is not at all what I thought it would be like. It helped reduce my attacks and improved my overall wellness while being delicious. There is scientific evidence to support the keto diet for migraine as well reports from neurologists and other practitioners.
There is no denying that there is a relationship between sugar and migraines for a significant percentage of people. Many are adamant that they get a headache from eating sweets. Their sugar headache can easily progress to a full migraine attack for those who are prone to migraine.
The Bucket Theory is talked about frequently in our private Facebook group. We use it to explain exactly how things on the migraine triggers list can go about triggering migraine attacks. The theory developed out of a desire to explain the complications involved in identifying personal triggers on the migraine triggers list. Especially the triggers that might trigger us one week and not the next. Sound familiar?
The question, does MSG cause headaches? is a controversial one. Some of you reading this right now may be thinking, "What? How can that be? MSG migraine can take me down hard." Others may be more ambivalent as they have not seen this food substance as a consistent trigger.
Does caffeine help migraine attacks or is it a trigger? This is one of the most frequently asked questions of neurologists. The topic of caffeine and migraine is often hotly debated on social media and is usually eye-opening. In general, caffeine helps the average person with headaches and occasional migraine attacks. They may enjoy a rich cup of coffee each morning to get things going as well as an afternoon pick-me-up. And, some people love to relax after a nice dinner and sip an espresso, cappuccino or cup of decaf. They may notice that their occasional tension headache or even migraine attack vanishes after enjoying a strong cup of coffee.…
OK, I know what you’re thinking…tea for migraine? Insert eye roll right? But hear me out here. I do understand the seriousness of our neurological disease. After spending MANY months housebound due to the ongoing dizziness caused by vestibular migraine, I understand how debilitating it can be as well. So I am not touting tea for migraine as our miracle cure. Tea is not going to magically make your neurological disease go away, but it can help ease some of its symptoms.
Constipation and I go way back. We have been lifelong companions though not friends. I can confidently say that after decades, I now have the upper-hand and rarely fall into the “strained” relationship. OK, pardon the pun. As a registered dietitian, I am sure that my professional and personal experience can help you with migraine and constipation.
Medically reviewed by Danielle Aberman Registered Dietitian (RD). ** This article is written for information purposes only. It is not medical advice or a substitute for medical advice. Consult your doctor for any changes to your migraine care plan.** What is a migraine diet? While there is no one migraine diet, most dietitians, doctors and other health professionals in the know are talking about a low tyramine diet that is also low histamine, MSG (monosodium glutamate) and sulfites. Many years ago, when we started our very popular and peppy private Facebook group, the title of group specifically referred to the Heal Your Headache (HYH) diet by name. We have since…
By Amy Hyde My Migraine Beginning My first migraine experience happened when I was 14 and it was actually one of the worst attacks that I have had – what a scary place to start! It was winter and I was clothes shopping with my friends and boyfriend at our local high street. The combination of hot bright shops and cold dark streets triggered my first ever attack. The pain behind my eye built over 30 minutes, I lost the feeling in one arm and began to slur my words. I remember thinking that I needed to go home and get help but my brain just didn’t seem to be…