ARE THE FOODS YOU’RE EATING TRIGGERING YOUR HEADACHES?
Here are some foods to look out for – and some that are unlikely to cause head pain.
Processed Meats: Potential Headache Trigger
As is the case with cheese, it’s more about the way the meat is prepared than the meat itself when it comes to it possibly triggering headaches. Meats that are processed, pickled or smoked — such as ham, bacon or salami — have a high level of sodium nitrate, which may trigger migraines in some. Fresh meat and poultry may be a better bet for many.
Fresh Meat & Fish: Not a Headache Trigger
Fresh meat, fish, and poultry are considered a safer bet for people whose headaches may be triggered by certain foods. As with meat and cheese, though, you’ll still want to avoid fish that has been smoked, cured or pickled.
Diet Soda: Potential Headache Trigger
While you may feel that drinking diet soda instead of regular soda is a way to avoid excess sugar and calories, they typically contain aspartame as an artificial sweetener, which has been reported as a potential headache or migraine trigger for some.
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that every person, and every headache, can be different. And most people do not have any triggers at all. If you believe certain safe foods may still be triggering your headaches, try keeping a headache diary or a migraine diary to track patterns and consider consulting your doctor.
Additional simple food swaps can also help you reduce head pain.