Migraines can be a real scourge, and they can have a severely detrimental effect on people’s lives. They affect mainly women (5 million women versus 3 million men), and lead to headaches that are so severe that it becomes impossible to do anything. The only solution is often patience, waiting for the pain to go away. However, there are ways to prevent them, mainly by looking at your diet. In fact, certain foods can trigger migraines. Here are a few foodstuffs that are best avoided, if you want to reduce migraines.
Lactose is the sugar contained in dairy products. It is highly inflammatory, and therefore increases the risk of migraine. In order to avoid these dreadful headaches, it is best to cut out cream, yoghurts and cottage cheeses, which come from cow’s milk, goat’s milk or sheep’s milk. You can however still eat cheeses if they are very mature (the duration of the maturation period is generally indicated on the label). In terms of butter, it contains very little lactose, and so can be consumed without fear.
Salt is no friend of yours if you are prone to migraines. Unfortunately, it is present in all almost all processed foods, often in very high quantities. Forget about ready meals, and cook your own instead. To counteract the undesirable effects of salt, you can however fill up your plate with foods that are rich in fibre and potassium (lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, etc.).
For those of you who are addicted to cakes and sweets, we could have some bad news for you, because sugar promotes migraines. Therefore limit your consumption, and give soft drinks, store bought cakes and white sugar a miss. Alcohol is also off the menu, as it is generally very rich in sugar.
4) Bad fats
Bad fats can be replaced with foods that are better for your health, which will save you from migraines! Go for salmon or sardines rather than cured meats or sausages. It is also recommended that you limit your consumption of peanut oil and sunflower oil, and replace them with olive oil or colza oil, which are rich in omega 9 and 3.
Even if you are not intolerant to gluten, it is still recommended that you limit your consumption as much as possible, if you suffer frequently from migraines. And if you find this too difficult, you can always fall back on organic and less processed products.