#Migraine Triggers

#Migraine Triggers

Migraines can be triggered by numerous factors. Alcohol, stress/anxiety, smoking, some odors such as perfumes, loud noises and bright lights may all trigger migraine. Migraine attacks may also be triggered by:

  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Changes in hormone levels during a woman’s menstrual cycle or with the use of birth control pills
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Exercise or other physical stress
  • Missed meals
  • Smoking or exposure to smoke

Migraine headaches can be triggered by certain foods. The most common are:

  • Processed, fermented, pickled, or marinated foods, as well as foods that contain monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Baked goods, chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, and dairy products
  • Foods containing tyramine, which includes red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, and certain beans
  • Fruits (avocado, banana, citrus fruit)
  • Meats containing nitrates (bacon, hot dogs, salami, cured meats)
  • Onions

This list may not include all triggers! Please click on the following link for additional information as well. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001728/

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