The Dos and Don’ts Of The Anti-Migraine Diet

DON’T: Think That All Healthy Foods Help Migraines

Although you should stick to a healthy diet, don’t assume that all “healthy” foods help migraines. Some foods can trigger headaches if they contain certain natural ingredients. For instance, the National Headache Foundation asserts that the amino acid tyramine can spark migraines.

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Foods that supply a lot of tyramine–including pickles, aged cheeses, and raw onions–are generally considered “healthy.” Meanwhile, “non-natural” products such as soy milk can fit into an anti-migraine diet. If you want to reduce head pain with your diet, throw away the mindset of “healthy equals good.”