migraine headacheAlmost 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches which involve intense, throbbing pain on one side of your head that could last up to 3 days of not treated. Forty percent of people experience a migraine headaches on both sides of their head. The migraine headaches are compounded by nausea, vomiting, and a sensitivity to light and sound. Certain foods can bring about the migraine headaches in certain people. Some people may be sensitive to tyramine, which is an amino acid that comes about through the breakdown of aging proteins from food. Tyramine can increase blood pressure in certain people, which triggers the headaches. If you are having migraines you should track the food you eat in a detailed food diary.

If You Are Sensitive to Tyramine, Then Stay Away from Aged Food and Drinks

Certain types of beer, red wine, soy sauce, sauerkraut, and citrus fruits are aged and can trigger migraine headache in tyramine-sensitive people. Same goes with aged cheese, cured meat, and smoked meat.

Cheeses With High Levels of Tyramine…

  • Swiss
  • Parmesan
  • Muenster
  • Mozzarella
  • Gorgonzola
  • Feta
  • Stilton
  • Cheddar
  • Brie
  • Blue cheese

Other Foods With High Amounts of Tyramine

  • Nuts
  • Canned Soups
  • Raisins
  • Avocados
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Beans (pinto, lima, garbanzo, broad, and fava)

Alcohol Can Also Trigger Headaches

When you body metabolizes alcohol it creates impurities and those impurities can trigger headaches. Champagne, whiskey, beer, and red wine are the usual suspects.

Other Food Related Instances That Can Headaches 

  • Foods high in nitrates
  • Cold foods
  • Not eating enough
  • Caffeine withdrawal
  • Mixing Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (an antidepressant) and Tyramine-Rich Foods

As you can read, there a bunch of reason why certain types of food can be causing your headaches, so it’s smart to keep a food maintaining a diary so you can identify the foods that are triggering YOUR headaches. If you suspect a food, then isolate it and test it to see if you are correct. Then stay away from that food in the future if it does cause problems for you.

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