We see a lot of migraine patients in our Athens, GA clinic, and if you suffer from frequent migraines (18% of women and six percent of men do, according to experts) then you already know how debilitating they can get. On top of the pain that is typically excruciating, some migraine sufferers also deal with double vision, sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting, among other symptoms. Not only does this affect home life, but it can also impede your capability to work. The good news is, research released in the Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research has revealed that dietary modifications may just offer some relief.
The referenced study involved 170 women who had migraine headaches and were directed to neurology clinics as a result. The objective was to find out if their diet had any influence on their headache patterns. Information was accumulated via a questionnaire in which each participant was asked about their headaches and their diet, and their answers were assessed to determine if there was any relationship between specific foods and headache frequency.
They found that there were, in fact, specific food items which appeared to amplify headaches in migraine sufferers. From greatest to least impact they were: red meat, white meat, cereal, vegetables, fruit, salad dressing, and eggs. In addition, approximately three-quarters of the study participants informed the researchers that eating chocolate would trigger a migraine.
Because the typical Iranian diet does not incorporate the big amount of canned foods, processed meat, or fast foods often seen in Western cultures, these sorts of products will need more assessment to establish if there is a correspondence between their consumption and migraine headaches. Meanwhile, if you are afflicted by migraines personally, you might want to decrease or eliminate some of the foods listed which could potentially be contributing to your suffering.
If you're prepared to get natural relief for your migraines, give our Athens, GA office a call today at (706) 353-8032 for an appointment or more information.
Nazari F, Eghbali M. Migraine and its relationship with dietary habits in women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research 2012;17(2 Suppl1):S65-S71.