It is possible to control migraine, which is generally unilateral and throbbing in character, accompanied by nausea or even vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and causes severe headaches that come in attacks, with nutrition.
In addition to avoiding triggers such as stress, menstruation, sleeping less or more, skipping meals, fatigue, weather changes (humidity, pressure, wind), alcoholic and fermented beverages, perfumes, detergents and some fragrant chemicals, bright light, cigarette smoke that trigger attacks, Some nutrients also trigger migraines seriously. Avoiding these foods, not skipping meals, and eating a balanced and healthy diet reduce the frequency of attacks and reduce migraine pain by 30 to 70 percent. Liv Hospital Neurology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Belma Doğan Güngen talked about the nutrients that regulate the gut, reduce inflammation and support the mitochondria in order to control migraine.
Recommended diet for migraine
Foods with high magnesium content such as avocados, almonds and pumpkin seeds are among the foods that control migraine and relieve pain when consumed regularly. In addition, fish containing omega 3, walnuts and green vegetables and balanced protein are among the important foods that should be added to the diet. And of course, olive oil, vitamin C, cruciferous vegetables, dark vegetables, fruits and ginger should be consumed, which support the mitochondria, the energy production centers of our cells.
Foods that migraine sufferers should avoid
At the beginning of the foods that trigger migraine are cheddar cheese, fermented beverages, old stored foods that contain nitrate and increase histamine secretion, such as wine, and fermented products. However, it is necessary to stay away from food additives found in some salts, nutritional protection and flavor-enhancing snacks. Gluten-containing wheat products should not be consumed, as they cause the intestinal barrier to deteriorate and trigger inflammation when consumed excessively, and develop migraine attacks. Allergen foods such as egg whites, some types of nuts, citrus fruits, and soy and soy products are not recommended for migraine patients.
Foods to be consumed with caution
While coffee consumption does not exceed 1-2 cups a day, it plays a pain-relieving role in migraine, and when the amount increases, it increases the frequency of attacks. Dark chocolate, which the body can tolerate a small proportion of, will also significantly increase migraine attacks when consumed in large quantities. These foods are foods that reduce overall migraine. In personal differences, you should not consume foods in case of allergy or sensitivity to some nutrients.