From Sorghum to Salami: The Top 7 Food Triggers for Migraines

Do you experience weekly debilitating migraines? If so, you know just how unbearable and limiting it can be. Unfortunately, many are not aware of the specific food triggers that could be causing or worsening their condition. In this blog post, I will highlight the top 7 food triggers for migraine sufferers.

1. Gluten – Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. For those with gluten sensitivities, consuming foods containing gluten can trigger migraines. Therefore, if you have a history of migraines, it’s best to avoid anything 
containing gluten such as breads, pasta, cereals and more.

2. Sorghum – This grain contains a compound called sorbic acid which some studies suggest can trigger migraines in certain people due to its chemical makeup and structure. Therefore, avoiding foods made with sorghum is recommended for those who suffer from frequent migraines.

3.  Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – MSG is commonly used as a flavor enhancer in many processed foods and can act as a trigger for migraine pain due to its ability to dilate blood vessels in the brain. Avoiding processed foods and reading labels carefully will help to reduce your risk of experiencing an MSG-induced migraine attack.

4. Artificial Sweeteners – Many artificial sweeteners contain chemicals known to cause headaches such as aspartame and sucralose which are commonly found in diet drinks and sugar-free gum/candy/desserts products respectively. To avoid triggering a migraine attack it’s best to stay away from products containing these ingredients or switch over to natural sweeteners like honey or stevia instead.

5.  Alcohol – Alcohol consumption has been linked to increased levels of inflammation in the brain which could lead to headache/migraine attacks for some people; red wine being one of the worst offenders here due its high levels of histamine content and sulfites present in it! It’s best to stick with white wine & champagne if possible but also take care when consuming any alcoholic beverages in general too!

6. Cured Meats - Cured meats like salami & bacon often contain nitrates which have been found to increase the risk of experiencing migraine attacks by up to 50%. Steer clear from these meats or opt for uncured versions instead whenever possible!

7. Chocolate - Dark chocolate has been known to increase serotonin levels leading some people into “migraine territory” so be sure not consume large quantities of this tasty treat! Go ahead though & enjoy a small square (or two!) every now & again without worry too much about triggering an attack!

While there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to preventing migraines triggered by food triggers—as different individuals react differently—these seven tips should serve as a good starting point when looking at what might be causing your own headache issues! If you think that any of these food triggers may be contributing towards your migraine symptoms then try eliminating them from your diet first before moving on any other treatment options available out there today! Good luck on your journey towards finding relief from your debilitating headaches & please don’t hesitate reach out if I can help guide you on this path too…because nobody should have live their life limited by pain & discomfort alone! 

By the way, I've gone from 16 to 24 migraines days per month down to less than 1 by decreasing inflammation along with alternative treatments.  Does this still sound overwhelming - like how do I even start?  There is a FREE 11 Day Jumpstart next month where it walks you through step by step and has easy to follow instructions to get you started (all you need is the vitamins and minerals that do the work).  Click Here for details, leave a comment, and I'll get you in! 


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