Woman’s Doctor: Certain foods can trigger migraines

Woman’s Doctor: Certain foods can trigger migraines

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THEO: WELCOME BACK. IF YOU’RE A MIGRAINE SUFFERER,
YOU MIGHT WANT TO START PAYING
ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU EAT. CERTAIN FOODS AND BEVERAGES
CONTAIN SUBSTANCES THAT ARE
TRIGGERS, LIKE CAFFEINE, AMINO
ACIDS, NITRITES, ASPARTAME AND
NUTS. REGISTERED DIETITIAN WITH MERCY
MEDICAL CENTER, CHRISTIAN
MORLEY, JOINING US WITH MORE. GOOD MORNING.>>GOOD MORNING. THEO: ALL THESE FOODS CAN CAUSE
MIGRAINES.>>POTENTIALLY. ISH IS DIFFERENT AND HAS THEIR
OWN SENSITIVITIES OR ALLERGIES. THERE ARE COMMON TRIGGERS THAT
PEOPLE MAY BE ABLE TO AVOID AND
SEE SOME RELIEF FROM THEIR
MIGRAINES. THEO: YOU BROUGHT EXAMPLES OF
SOME OF THESE THINGS. SHOULD FOLKS AVOID THEM
ALTOGETHER OR JUST PARTIALLY? WHAT? WALK US THROUGH WHAT YOU HAVE.>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. THERE’S A FEW DIFFERENT WAYS TO
GO ABOUT ELIMINATION DIETS OR
ELIMINATING TRIGGERS. THE FIRST STEP IS TO DO A FOOD
DIARY TO CLUE YOU IN ON
POTENTIAL TRIGGERS. THERE ARE OTHERS THAT AREN’T
RELATED TO FOODS. THINGS LIKE WEATHER OR
TEMPERATURE OR LIGHT OR
HORMONES, STRESS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST ONES,
UNFORTUNATELY, IS OFTEN WINE. THIS IS A COMMON ONE. ALSO UNFORTUNATELY FOR MANY
PEOPLE, CHOCOLATE. CHOCOLATE CAN BE A POTENTIAL
TRIGGER AS WELL. THEO: BECAUSE OF THE CAFFEINE.>>ALSO, FOR DARK CHOCOLATE,
THERE’S TANNNINS. THOSE ARE TWO COMMON ONES. CAFFEINE, SODA, AND WITH DIET
SODA, ASPARTAME MAY BE A
POTENTIAL TRIGGER FOR SOME
PEOPLE. SO YOU CAN GO ABOUT THIS A FEW
DIFFERENT WAYS. SOME INDIVIDUALS MAY WANT TO
TAKE A BREAK FROM ONE CERTAIN
FOOD THAT THEY MAY SUSPECT COULD
BE A TRIGGER FOR THEM. OTHERS MAY COULD DO A CLASS OF
FOODS. FOR EXAMPLE, LIKE ANYTHING WITH
CAFFEINE, FOR EXAMPLE. IF I SUSPECT THAT CAFFEINE IS A
TRIGGER. WITH CALF FEEP, I MAY WANT TO
TAPER THAT DOWN TOO OVER TIME,
BECAUSE IF WE COME OFF OF
CAFFEINE QUICKLY, WE CAN TRIGGER
A HEADACHE THERE AS WELL. THEO: WE MENTIONED NITRATES AND
NITRITES.>>SOME OF THEM ARE NATURAL
COMPOUNDS BUT SOME ARE USED IN
PREPARED FOODS. SO I HAVE OUR BEEF JERKY HERE. THEO: SODIUM AS WELL CAN BE A
PROBLEM.>>EXACTLY. ALSO, SUL FIGHTS IN THE RED
WINE. SO A LOT OF THESE ARE IN
PREPARED FOODS. SOME INDIVIDUALS MAY WANT TO
FOCUS ON WHOLE FOODS, BROWN RICE
CAN BE NICE AND EASY. THEO: FIRST STEP, KEEP A DIARY.>>SOMETIMES ELIMINATION DIETS
CAN BE EXTREME. WE DON’T WANT TO DO THAT FOR A
LONG PERIOD OF TIME. YOU MAY MISS OUT ON NUTRIENTS. IT’S ALSO A GOOD IDEA TO WORK
WITH A PROVIDER AND SEE IF WHAT
YOU SUSPECT IS GOING TO BE
HELPFUL FOR ELIMINATING FOR A
CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME AND,
GOING FORWARD, IF THOSE THINGS ARE TRIGGERS, WHAT OTHER FOODS
SHOULD

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