Watch Your Diet For Hidden Allergies To Avoid Mysterious Migraines

Watch Your Diet For Hidden Allergies To Avoid Mysterious Migraines

Migraines are often mysterious and show no real cause or trigger. They just happen, and when they do they can be painfully debilitating. If you get occasional migraines and have no idea where they come from, the cause may be the food that you’re eating, or more precisely, a food allergy you may not know you have.

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David Dodick, of the Mayo Clinic, notes at the New York Times that some people with mysterious and unexplained migraines may actually be suffering from mild food allergies that have gone undiagnosed. There’s still research to be done, he points out, but there may be something to the suspicion that food allergies and some migraines may be related.

He uses one reader’s anecdotal experience of cutting out food allergens as a means to alleviate migraines and headaches as a starting point to discuss a study in the journal Cephalalgia, which suggests that diet and migraine headaches may be more closely related than previously thought. He suggests that if you’ve been stricken by sudden, unexplained migraines, you may want to get tested for food allergies that may have gone undiagnosed in the past, or that aren’t severe enough to cause other illness: they may explain your occasional migraines.

Can Foods Trigger Migraines? [New York Times]


  • I’ve always thought my migraines where the result of something i have eaten. When i get a migraine i write an entry in a food diary for what i have had that day.

    I am yet to find a common food after 10 entries.

  • A big issue is to do with food intolerances, not just allergies. This makes it hard to track as the food chemicals (both natural and artificial) have to build up in your body unil you cross your threshold. Only after then will you notice symptoms (migraine, stomach pains, skin irritations, etc )depending on the person.
    It is hard to track as the same chemicals occur across many types of foods. Have a look at the books by Sue Dengate and the studies by the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW for more info. This has saved me from almost a lifetime of unexplained seldom occurring stomach cramps. The culprit was an intollerances to Amines (a naturally occurring food chemical).

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