Managing Your Migraines: Dietary Recommendations

Your lifestyle and migraines are unique to you. Managing Migraines has identified certain dietary recommendations to help you better manage your migraines. To help you to start managing your migraines, please also consider:

Dietary Recommendations

Avoid as many of the following known dietary trigger factors. Not all of these will affect every sufferer. To identify which are your specific triggers, cut them all out of your diet for a period of time and then slowly re-introduce them one-by-one. Those which give you a migraine consistently, will be your trigger factors and should be avoided as much as possible to prevent further migraines.

Common Dietary Trigger Factors

  • Alcohol especially red wine
  • Artificial sweeteners e.g. Aspartame
  • Caffeine in tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and supplements
  • Cheese, especially aged and strong cheeses, e.g. Cheddar, Parmesan
  • Chocolate especially dark chocolate
  • Citrus fruits
  • Ice-cream
  • Meat extracts
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a flavour enhancer used in Chinese food
  • Nitrate preservatives
  • Pickled or fermented foods
  • Smoked meats, e.g. Bacon
  • Tinned meats
  • Tomatoes
  • Wheat
  • Yeast products
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By Dr. Elliot Shevel
(B.D.S., Dip. M.F.O.S., M.B., B.Ch.)

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Common Triggers