5 Foods That Trigger Migraines


By Power Of Positivity

“Persons with headache and migraine have more dietary options than ever. Ultimately a healthy headache diet excludes processed foods, minimizes caffeine and includes a lot of fruits, vegetables, fish and lean meats. After all, you are what you eat.” – Vincent Martin, MD, professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine.

If you suffer from regular migraines, you might already have a list of causes that you take precautions against. But migraines can be caused by all sorts of different factors – even foods. Different types of food can be known to trigger migraines due to the makeup of the food.

Sometimes, even food that is often encouraged for a healthy lifestyle can set off someone’s migraine. A migraine can sometimes be hard to avoid, but having the information on what types of food can set one off is a good starting point. Everyone is different, however, so keep track of what you eat when a migraine occurs.




Alcohol of any type can trigger a migraine. After all, alcohol can give people who don’t suffer from migraines regular, pounding headaches. However, the most common type of alcohol that is often the cause of migraines happens to be dark liquors and red wines. Alcohol contains high levels of the amino acid tyramine, which is a known cause of headaches.

Alcohol also causes dehydration, which is why you’re encouraged to drink water throughout the night when you go drinking to avoid a hangover. But dehydration is another key trigger for migraines. If you find that you’re often struck with migraines after a glass or two of wine, you might want to cut it out of your diet entirely.


As delicious and varied as it is, chocolate is also another culprit in the list of foods that are known to trigger migraines. Chocolate contains tyramine, which is a known cause of many migraines. Chocolate cravings often come during a time of hormonal changes in women, such as during their menstrual cycle.

With the body already unbalanced, introducing high levels of thymine can set off a migraine. If you notice that your migraines come more often when you get a chocolate craving, you might need to find a substitute, or eliminate it from your diet altogether.


There’s already been plenty of push back against artificial sweeteners in the recent years, and this could be another one. Aspartame is the name of a widely used artificial sweetener, and it’s often found in low calorie desserts and diet sodas. It’s also sold as a replacement for sugar.



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