I'm excited to announce that I'll be working with Excedrin Migraine again during 2013 as a Blog Ambassador. I hope through this relationship with Excedrin Migraine that I will be able help myself, and all of you, with the seemingly endless quest to find new ideas for managing and eliminating our migraines. I know Excedrin Migraine and their team are excited about their OTC product (now fully back in stores), their new My Triggers app, and the information they have prepared for us in the coming year.
Did you know that March is "National Nutrition Month?" In honor of that fact, our topic for this post is nutrition, and more specifically "food triggers."
First, I'll talk a little about my own triggers, and then registered dietitian Keri Gans will offer valuable information about potential migraine trigger foods that every sufferer should know. We also have a fantastic free giveaway to announce... two of my readers will win a great nutrition/healthy eating related package.
I've written about food triggers in the past and have managed to root out a few of my own triggers, including raw onions in any capacity, and wine or milk chocolate if I drink or eat too much of either. MSG, a common trigger for many, is also a no-no for me. It's been awhile since I've carefully tested my food for triggers, so I'm using the Excedrin Migraine My Triggers App to help me keep track of my eating and watch more closely to see if there are foods I'm unaware of that might be causing me issues. I've really been struggling this winter (usually a good time for my migraines with the cold and barometric pressure), and am hoping I can uncover some unknown triggers.
Registered dietitian Keri Gans generously offered up some valuable information about potential migraine trigger foods that every sufferer should know::
- There are many foods and drinks that can trigger migraines, like citrus fruits, nuts, and foods that contain MSG. It’s important for folks to determine which foods are potential migraine triggers for them. By tracking their triggers, people can avoid them in the future, to help prevent or minimizing migraine attacks.
- Tyramine: Tyramine is a substance found naturally in some foods, like aged cheese and red wine. It’s formed from the breakdown of protein as foods age. A good rule of thumb is that the longer a high-protein food ages, the higher the tyramine content. Some common foods that contain tyramine include: aged cheeses, red wine, alcoholic beverages and some processed meats.
- Alcohol: Alcohol increases blood flow to your brain, which can cause migraines and headaches. Red wine, beer, whiskey and champagne are the most common culprits.
- Other potential migraine triggers include: artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame), chocolate, citrus fruits, coffee or tea, tannins, (like red-skinned apples or pears) caffeinated soda, foods that contain MSG, and nuts or nut butters.
- ALSO: there are some good foods for the brain we should try to add into our diet when possible: There is emerging science that suggests foods rich in magnesium, such as kale and broccoli, support healthy brain function. Try swapping kale for romaine in your salad at lunch to increase your magnesium intake.
I hope having a few of those tips from Keri will inspire you to take a quick look at your daily diet and make sure you've assessed whether any of the food you're eating could be a culprit in your migraine struggles. Using the new My Triggers app is a great way to keep track... I love the app and use it every day. You can read my review of the app here.
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Disclaimer: I am a paid Excedrin® Migraine blog ambassador. Along with compensation, three giveaways were provided by Novartis Consumer Health, Inc., the makers of Excedrin® Migraine; my journey for a migraine-free experience is my own.