Great Migraine Advice
Tips on Combatting that Migraine
With the great advice and suggestions detailed in the previous blog, I’ve received more in-depth comments too.
“Foods that contain Tyramine, often fermented foods: Mature cheese, red wine, beer, sauerkraut, soy sauce (very high in salt as well, which wouldn’t help), vegemite and chocolate. Nitrites used in cured meat, Aspartame (there’s a reason why it’s not recommended for young children – it screws with your head!)”
I had to look up Aspartame and this is what I found:
From the NHS – UK Website:
Aspartame has been subject to more scare stories than any other sweetener, ranging from allergies and premature births to liver damage and cancer. Read more here.
Here’s a great article all about migraines, it mentions Aspartame as a possible cause.
It also talks about other triggers, many of which make perfect sense to me. What was most interesting that they say some women have a headache prior to their period. This was spot on for me too (see my previous blog here on combating my migraines).
This article talks about a study that “proves” Aspartame does not contribute to migraines.
However, despite mentioning a study that proved this fact, this is issued by the Aspartame Information Center.
More information on Caffeine
“Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, so supposedly if migraines are partly due to vasodilation, it could be good. But it also increases blood pressure, so it might cancel that out. It increases cortisol levels – the stress hormones – so I’d probably steer clear of it.”
“Chocolate has some caffeine, but more theobromine – a similar chemical. It is, however, a vasodilator. Although it contains serotonin, the feel good hormone, migraines are also partly caused by an excess of serotonin.”
Fabulous – yum – recipe! An alternative to Chocolate
I’ve mostly read that chocolate is a no no. I’ve had very little over the last month. Thank you, Simon Hugh
Thank you, Simon Hugh Wheeler for offering so much valuable advice and this recipe.
“An alternative to chocolate is carob. I know it’s not the same, but for example, I’ve made a microwave, 1 min mud cake with carob flour, an egg, some sugar and a touch of cinnamon and ginger which is gorgeous.”
Simon goes on to say, “Carob has no caffeine, no oxalates (if you have kidney or joint problems, that can help), but has fibre, calcium, magnesium and vits A, B, and D, amongst other nutrients. It also has antioxidants and Gallic acid which is a mild analgesic – it helps to reduce cholesterol too.”
Find out all about Carob here.
Needless to say, I will be looking into carob recipes further.
Well, I’ll continue on my quest to monitor what I eat to see if I can nut out what affects me.
However, as I am eating everything in moderation, it may take some time. If I don’t have a migraine within a month of this experiment, I will be ecstatic as I usually have one at least once a month.
When I lose control and binge on something yummy (yes, it’ll be chocolate), then I’ll monitor the results.
I hope to solve my problem with the simplest solution – and I fully intend to solve it – watch this space.
Update: My research has revealed some incredibly interesting triggers and things to avoid… all will be revealed soon. BTW – I am winning the battle!