Diet for Migraine Recommendations
Role of Diet in Migraine
Research suggests that food affects migraine. . There are certain common foods that can cause migraine, while some others can help prevent or ameliorate the symptoms. It is best to eliminate the migraine triggering factors for your body. Including foods rich in magnesium, calcium and fiber and excluding caffeinated and spicy foods may help keep symptoms at bay.
MIGRAINE DIET RECOMMENDATIONS
WHAT IS MIGRAINE?
Migraine is characterized by chronic and debilitating headaches that usually involve only one side of the head (unilateral). It has an inexplicable tendency to recur, and is associated with triggering factors such as prolonged exposure to the sun, stress, hunger, certain foods, caffeine, cheese, chocolates and menstrual cycles. Migraine attacks are often associated with other symptoms such as giddiness, nausea, vomiting, generalized weakness and drowsiness. It is advisable to avoid the triggering factors in order to alleviate the symptoms and prevent further episodes.
We are providing the necessary food recommendations for Migraine that can help.
- Include foods rich in fibers like rice, especially brown rice
- Include foods rich in magnesium like beans, whole grains and avocados
- Include foods rich in calcium such as broccoli, okra and almonds
- Include green vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard, or collards
- Include orange vegetables, such as carrots or sweet potatoes
- Include yellow vegetables, such as summer squash
- Include dried non-citrus fruits: cherries, cranberries, pears, prunes
- Condiments: Modest amounts of salt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract are usually well-tolerated.
Foods for Moderate Consumption:
- Restrict intake of animal products like meat and chicken.
Foods to Avoid:
- Caffeine-containing beverages like tea and coffee
- Avoid foodstuffs like pickles, spicy foods, chocolate, cheese, hot dogs, onions, aerated drinks and alcohol.
- Triggers include dairy products, eggs, wheat (bread, pasta, etc.), nuts and peanuts, tomatoes and corn
You can apply a paste of clove and salt crystals in milk on your forehead to relieve migraine attacks.
Dr Vijay Kamat graduated from K.L.E. society’s Shri B. M. Kankanwadi Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Belgaum, India; one of the oldest Ayurvedic institutions in India. He is a prestigious member of the Ayurvedic Association of India. He possesses deep ancestral and research-based knowledge of plants, and is passionate about bringing age-old secrets of Ayurveda within the reach of a common man. In keeping with his passion, he is presently leading the medical team of Biogetica – a collective of Doctors dedicated to natural medicine. Together, they work to bring evidence-based natural healing solutions to the world.