Incredibly there could be 1 billion people in the world today suffering from, that’s around 1 in 7 of the world’s population.
What is even more incredible is how little is understood about the condition. There is no known cure. Many theories, many ways to manage the problem, many ways to help to relieve the symptoms and reduce the frequency of the migraine attacks but no cure.
One common issue that comes up time after time is a reaction to certain foods. Again, the reasons for these findings are unproven and nobody really knows why these foods should be connected with migraines. However, there have been many studies over the years and they show that many people are sensitive to certain foods which do seem to trigger their migraine attack.
The list could be huge but the most commonly reported triggers are:-
Cheese – Particularly hard or mature cheese
Alcohol – Especially beer and red wine
Processed meats – Hot dogs, salami, (these contain nitrates and msg)
Aspartame – An artificial sweetener used in many low calorie foods and drinks
Citrous fruits – Oranges, lemons etc
Monosodium Glutamate – MSG, a food additive that used to be associated with Chinese restaurants but is now included in most processed foods as a flavour enhancer. Common in canned soups, sauces, salad dressings, chips (crisps), most fast foods,frozen dinners and many more products.
I would not suggest cutting out all or any of the foods that you might normally eat but what you can do is to become a detective. Start a food diary. Begin to write down everything that goes into your mouth each day. Food and drink.