Fighting Food Related Headaches

According to medical studies, headaches are the leading cause of absence of work, with researchers estimated 30 million workdays lost each year due tot he problem. Headaches, a simple disease as it may seem, can lead to change a person’s outlook in his or her daily activities because of the dread of the next headache attack. Some experience headache on a daily basis, making themselves dependent to a lot of pain-relieving medicine.

The common potential headache triggers that people know are stress, lack of sleep, bright lights, abrupt weather changes and strong odors. What others don’t realize is that some of the foods that we eat everyday are the most common causes of headaches and avoiding these foods can be the most effective way to treat headaches, minus the side-effects and allergies associated with medications.

While some of the foods that you intake are really healthy for you, eating in excess could lead to problems. Here is a list of some common foods that if taken irresponsibly will trigger those headaches:

Nuts do provide the good type of fat, protein and omega-3, but too much of these could cause pressure in the temples due to overload of protein and fat in the body. Try consuming your favorite cashews, almonds, pistachios and walnuts not more than a handful every day or every other day.

In contrary to popular belief that chocolates are the perfect stress-relieving and comfort food, too much of its phenyl ethylamine content can actually affect your concentration and leads to additional pressure to various points in the head, leading migraines

Cheeses such as cheddar, feta, mozzarella and Parmesan, are high in tyramine, a leading substance that causes migraine, forms from the breakdown of protein. These foods are also high in tyramine: processed meats, pickles, onions, olives, apples, raisins, avocados, canned soups, and red wine. As getting a headache after drinking wine can be confused with a hangover, its actually the tyramine that causes it.

While eggs are considered as the perfectly healthy food, its sulfur content can cause pain and pressure especially to people who are not getting enough fiber on their diet. Baked goods and Desserts that contain eggs could also cause discomfort so try to reduce them from the diet.

Food additives such as food colorings and monosodium glutamate (MSG) are common headache triggers. These additives may increase blood flow to the brain causing headaches in people. Headaches cause by these chemicals are usually sensed on both sides of the head and occurs within a specific time after substance intake and will disappear when the substance is eliminated in the body system.