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The Best Dietary Choices Migraine Sufferers Can Make

By Stepy Kamei

It should be made clear that there is a big distinction between the occasional headache and a true migraine. Headaches are bad enough as they are; a migraine can be a whole new beast to deal with. Millions of Americans suffer from migraines each year, which means it's not a rare problem. If you have ever had a migraine, or if you are prone to getting them on a somewhat regular basis, it's important for you to know that you're not alone, and there are many ways you can treat your condition in a safe and effective manner. You should always keep up with regular visits to your doctor or primary healthcare provider on a general basis, but especially if you suffer from recurring instances of migraine headaches. In addition to speaking with your doctor, you may want to consider trying some natural remedies at home. Your diet in particular can play a big role in determining the frequency and severity of any migraines you may experience. 

Avoiding Foods Which Can Cause Migraines

If you're ready to take back control of your health and limit the amount of migraines you experience, one of the most important things you can do is to focus on cleaning up your diet and eating habits. Generally speaking, you'll do well to start avoiding foods which are high in fat, sugar, or salt content. Foods which are packaged, convenient, and heavily processed are often massive migraine triggers. That's because these foods are known to increase inflammation in the body. Inflammation leads to pressure and pain. 

Some other foods are known to trigger migraines as well. These include chocolate, cheese, wine, coffee, onions, and dairy products. You should consider starting up a food diary to see which foods may be making your symptoms worse. Write down how you feel physically before and after every snack and meal you consume. Over time, you may begin to notice a pattern. 

Smart Food Choices for Migraine Relief and Prevention

The good news is that a healthy diet often brings positive results to a person's health, including those who suffer from migraines. Foods with anti-inflammatory properties are very helpful; these include fatty fish, chia seeds, avocados, and many vegetables. Rice is another solid staple to consider adding into your diet; brown rice is the best option. Fruits, both dried and fresh, are not known for causing any pain conditions, especially cranberries and cherries. Finally, you should make sure that you're drinking plenty of water on a regular basis. Water is the only beverage which can truly keep you hydrated. 

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