Migraines and Food Choices

by Teri Robert, Lead Expert

Several people have asked if there are foods that can prevent Migraines. The simple answer is, "No, but..." Let's not stop there, but continue to look at a more complete and helpful answer as well as what other role foods may play in Migraines.

Although there aren't foods identified that can help prevent Migraines, that's not to say that what we eat can't help. No matter what illness or disease we're dealing with, what we eat can indeed make a difference. There's a very basic fact we should remember that applies here...

The stronger our overall health is, the less susceptible we are to our Migraine triggers, and that can mean fewer Migraines.

To eat as healthfully as possible and maybe reduce our susceptibility to our Migraine triggers, we don't need to diet, we need to permanently change our way of eating. Al balanced diet of healthy foods from all of the necessary food groups is the recommended way to go.

For Migraineurs, that may not be quite as easy as it sounds. We now know that having Migraine disease increases our risk of cardiovascular disease and events including stroke and heart attack. As we've discussed before, this isn't a reason to panic, but it is a reason to talk with our doctors about reducing our modifiable cardiovascular disease risks. One of the biggest of these is nutrition. Thus, a "hearth-healthy" way of eating may well be what is best for us.

If we have other medical conditions to handle, eating right can become even more complicated. For example: If you have diabetes AND are trying to eat heart-healthy, it can get very confusing. Foods that are lower in carbohydrates -- many people with diabetes work diligently to reduce carbohydrate intake -- are higher in fat, and people eating heart-healthy often try to reduce fat intake. So, what's a person to do? If you find choosing healthy foods to be totally confusing, you're not alone. Talk with your doctor. In most areas, you can get an appointment with a nutritionist who can look at any health issues you have and help you determine which foods are best for you. They can teach you how to read labels, make up healthy menus, and more.

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