I was recently reading an article that it is food that triggers off headaches (besides stress, tension, anxiety etc…) and isn’t it common to hear one complain about a headache so often, be miserable and lose out on a day’s work. Those who suffer from headaches may have reactions to wheat, chocolate, monosodium glutamate, sulfites (used in restaurants, salad bars), sugar, hot dogs, citric acid, fermented foods (like cheese, yogurt, alcohol, vinegar or marinated foods). Caffeine, a compound commonly found in coffee, tea and chocolate has been linked to headache. Researchers believe that people who are prone to headache and migraine may be sensitive to the effects of caffeine. If you suspect that your headaches may be linked to your diet, it is important to seek medical attention so that your sensitivities can be properly diagnosed. Common food chemicals that have been found to affect the arteries of the head include:
• Monosodium glutamate (MSG) – a common flavour enhancer, but also found naturally in such foods as tomatoes.
• Nitrites – these preservatives are found in processed meats and some cheeses.
• Amines – common compounds found in a wide range of foods, including spinach, tomato, potato, small whole fish, tuna, liver, dark chocolate and alcoholic drinks. It can be challenging to discover the exact food or foods that may contribute to headache and migraine. It is best to consult health care professionals to ensure an appropriate diagnosis and course of action.
One simple way to avoid headache would be to eat at the right time and not skip any meal. If you skip a meal, your blood sugar level may drop too low for your brain to function comfortably. In order to boost the amount of glucose to the brain; the body releases hormones, which may also cause an increase in blood pressure because they narrow the arteries. This narrowing of the arteries can contribute to headache and migraine. Keep your blood sugar levels constant by eating regularly. Don’t quit having coffee and tea suddenly or else the withdrawal will cause severe headaches. Your body needs time to adapt. Gradually reduce the amount of caffeine you consume over a period of days, weeks or even months.
How about some light recipes that can brighten up your weekend too?
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