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Simple Diets Cure Migraine

Simple Diets Cure Migraine
Scientists at the University of Cincinnati have just conducted a massive
literature review of 180 studies to find connections between diet and
They published the results in two parts in the journal Headache: The
Journal of Head and Face Pain.
Doctors Vincent Martin and Brinder Vij explain that there are generally two
approaches to follow.
One will do very little good; the other can eliminate your migraine. In
today’s article, we will reveal these two approaches and how to do the good
1) You can avoid specific types of food that trigger your migraines.
2) You can construct a diet from the bottom up that, through its very
composition, prevents migraine attacks.
Chances are good that you are currently doing the former. In this regard,
the scientists mention excessive caffeine, caffeine withdrawal, alcohol,
MSG (monosodium glutamate), and nitrates as potential causes of
To avoid excessive caffeine or caffeine withdrawal, simply keep your coffee
consumption consistent from day to day at no more than 400 mg or four
cups of coffee.
MSG and nitrates are harder to avoid.
You will have to avoid processed foods like deli meats, bacon, and
sausage to sidestep nitrates, and canned foods, soup, sauces, ketchup,
salad dressings, and salty snacks to get around MSG.
But the scientists actually believe the better way to prevent migraines is to
follow a diet whose composition combats these intense headaches.
There are three such diets that the literature identifies as relatively
1. A low-fat diet that restricts your intake of fat to less than 20 percent of
your daily calorie intake
2. A diet that boosts your omega-3 fatty acid intake while restricting your
omega-6 consumption.
3. A low carbohydrate diet that restricts your intake of carbs even further
than the infamous Atkins diet does. This diet supposedly prevents the
inflammation and oxidative damage that injure your brain, but
because your body produces potentially harmful ketone bodies in the
absence of carbohydrates, this is not a diet you should follow at home
without careful medical supervision
The first two of these are more promising, and the second one is relatively
easy to implement.
A straightforward low-fat diet requires that you keep your intake of red
meat, sausage, processed meats, high-fat milk, butter, cheese, fish,
vegetable oils, nut and seed oils, nuts, seeds, soy beans, soy sauce, and
all products that contain these to a minimum. Even legumes contain a lot of
On this diet, you will eat mostly skinless chicken, fruit, vegetables, and
whole grains.
Sadly, oil is responsible for a lot of the flavor in food, so this diet may be
bland if you follow it strictly.
A diet that allows plenty of omega-3 fatty acids while curbing your intake of
omega-6 might be easier.
These rules out oils like soybean, corn, cottonseed, grape seed, poppy
seed, safflower, sunflower, rice bran, peanut, and sesame.
If you want to follow the diet extremely strictly, you will also have to avoid
almost all nuts and seeds, except flaxseed and chia seed.
It requires that you eat plenty of fish, flaxseed, chia seed, legumes
vegetables, herbs, and fruit.
As always, try all of these to test which one works for your body.
However, there is another approach, one that has been proven more
successful than anything else to combat migraine has. It’s an
approach aimed to load your brain with its most essential nutrient