ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Nutrition Tips On Dealing With Migraine Headaches

Updated on July 5, 2011

If you or someone in your family or relation suffers from migraine headaches, you may know the devastating effects this disease can cause not only on the sufferer, but on the family itself. Perhaps, a lot of people try to treat migraine headaches with conventional means to get rid of them completely, but unfortunately only one-third of patients get fully satisfied with conventional treatment and even if these one third of patients get treated, some of them suffer from short-term and long-term side effects of migraine medications which may be really worrisome and painful for the sufferer and the family itself. Due to these side effects and risks of conventional methods of treating migraines, many people opt for natural solutions without migraine drugs, such as nutritional therapy, yoga, meditation, and other natural means of treating migraines. It is also well known by most migraine headache patients that treatment and prevention of migraines is not as easy as it can be said because they need to identify the root cause of the problem and eliminate it to get rid of migraines completely. One of my colleagues was a former victim of migraines and she got them treated by focusing on nutritional therapy with proper nutritional guidance, consultation, and nutrition course for 3 years.

Severe migraine headache pic
Severe migraine headache pic

Common migraine triggers include emotional stress, too little sleep, depression, overactivity or excessive exercise, fasting, skipping meals, etc. Obviously, there are too many other possible causes of migraines that are described in various websites and articles on migraines all over the web, but I would like to cut short and put some light on the dietary factors that are involved with migraines and will provide some tips on how to deal with them naturally with nutrition. Undoubtedly, food intolerance is the main cause of migraines, as many research studies have revealed that detection and elimination of certain foods can improve or even wipe out symptoms of migraines in many patients. In a recent study, it revealed that approximately 93 percent of patients experienced improvement from their migraines by eliminating allergenic foods from their diet, but then also allergenic foods are not the only suspects that cause migraines.

Migraine food intolerance chart
Migraine food intolerance chart
Dietary adjustment can prevent migraines.
Dietary adjustment can prevent migraines.
Fennel seeds
Fennel seeds
Watercress - Nutritional super vegetable
Watercress - Nutritional super vegetable
5 almonds soaked overnight and eaten in morning help headaches
5 almonds soaked overnight and eaten in morning help headaches

So here are some nutrition tips on dealing with migraine headaches naturally.

  1. However, allergenic foods or food intolerance is not the root cause of all migraines, there are different types of dietary adjustments which can make a whole world of difference in reduction of migraine headaches and improvement of overall health.
  2. Improving your diet means more than eating. For example, it is necessary to maintain a constant level of blood sugar. To get rid of migraines naturally, a person must eat light meals at regular intervals, which include proteins, but these meals should be low in simple carbohydrates for example refined oils and sweets.
  3. It is an interesting fact that fennel has been used by ancient Aztecs for treatment of migraine headaches.
  4. Watercress is a highly nutritious vegetable that has excellent sources of vitamin c, vitamin B6, carotenes, and manganese. According to nutritional analysis by great herbalists, watercress is the natural superfood for migraine relief.
  5. Several migraine patients have found relief from migraines after eating almonds for 2 to 3 weeks on a regular basis. Their headaches became less frequent and less severe due to this. Soaking five almonds overnight in water and eating them in the morning treats the problem.
  6. Avoiding certain acidic food products like milk, meat, cereals, breads, and cereals helps in prevention of migraines.
  7. Avoiding fried and fatty foods also help in getting rid of migraines.
  8. Reducing salt intake is another nutrition tip on dealing with migraine.

Avoid eating fried fatty foods such as meat and chicken to help migraine pain.
Avoid eating fried fatty foods such as meat and chicken to help migraine pain.

How you would like to treat your migraines?

See results
Some people experience increased migraines with fresh pineapples.
Some people experience increased migraines with fresh pineapples.

Side effects of uncontrolled nutritional therapy

Every food can have a side effect if taken in large quantities. Some foods have little side effects and some have more. Also, it depends on individual differences, for example some people are allergic to fresh pineapples as they worsen their migraine headaches. Some people also get problems with almonds or fennel so at last I would say that eating large amounts of fennel, watercress, almonds, and pineapples can also worsen migraines in some patients but not all.

HubMob Weekly Topic: Nutrition Hub #1 by soni2006
HubMob Weekly Topic: Nutrition Hub #1 by soni2006

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Colin 6 years ago

      Thanks I think I'll work on my diet now

    • profile image

      Angel 6 years ago

      Thank you very much and very interesting tip from the Aztecs.

      I suffer from migraines about twice a week and dormant ones 4-5 times so thank you from the bottom of my heart

    • Enrique Martin profile image

      Enrique Martin 7 years ago

      Great hub! I will link to this hub from mine. My hub is about foods that can help treat migraines. I loved the food intolerance chart you provided...

    • profile image

      Nagavaibhav 7 years ago

      Ooops... I was reading your post on the other hub about the benefits of beetroot.

    • profile image

      Nagavaibhav 7 years ago

      Thanks Soni... Nice amount of information to motivate me to start eating the beets regularly.

    • soni2006 profile image
      Author

      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      OMG, Veronica so you also suffer from migraines. I do not really like them and I also have some, they are throbbing at the time of increased stress. Nutritional therapy and dietary adjustment is the best route for me. Besides trying this now what you did to control them?

    • Veronica Allen profile image

      Veronica Allen 8 years ago from Georgia

      Such great information. I suffer from migranes occasionally and this will really help.

    • soni2006 profile image
      Author

      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you so much for your visit and comment on this hub Marty.

    • martycraigs profile image

      martycraigs 8 years ago

      Yes, constant migraines are particularly difficult to deal with, for both those suffering and the close relatives. Thanks for the suggestions and dietary recommendations.

    • soni2006 profile image
      Author

      Rajinder Soni 8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot ocbill for your comment and review of this hub.

    • ocbill profile image

      ocbill 8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      I never knew nuts from the diagram can cause migraines. interesting.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)