Migraine Trigger: Inflammatory Foods
Why Does Inflammation Trigger Migraines?
Inflammation is associated with migraines and the mechanisms that trigger migraines. There’s a whole lot of research on this (article link).
Reducing inflammatory foods is the key strategy for complete migraine elimination in numerous studies (article link).
There are several ways foods can trigger inflammation:
1. Food Allergens
Food allergens cause the most violent inflammation.
IgE allergic reactions can immediately trigger migraines.
IgG allergic reactions are the most common trigger and can take two or three days to trigger migraines (article link).
2. Slow Inflammatory Buildup
A number of inflammatory foods, such as sugar or corn oil, can slowly raise inflammation levels over time.
This can turn into a chronic state of high inflammation levels in which any small trigger could overflow the headache threshold (article link).
3. Fast Inflammation
Inflammatory foods can also immediately trigger a migraine in moderate to large amounts.
For example, some people do fine with a glass of wine, but three glasses of wine will consistently trigger migraines. Inflammatory markers in the body begin to rise after two drinks (study link).
It’s Simple Math. Don’t Add Inflammation to the Equation.
Individual foods might not trigger headaches or migraines alone.
Combine this with increased inflammation levels from a stressful day and you might overflow your headache threshold.
Reducing inflammation will keep your headache threshold from reaching the top and triggering headaches or migraines.
Reduce any foods that may increase inflammation, such as: refined grains, sugar, cooking oil (vegetable, corn, cottonseed, canola, soy, rapeseed, sunflower, sesame, safflower, cooking spray, etc.), trans fats, and foods with high levels of omega-6 fat.
Omega-6 fat is inflammatory and omega-3 fat is anti-inflammatory (study link).
Switch to Healthy Fats
Alternatives to inflammatory oils are olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, MCT oil, or grass-fed butter.
These healthy fats are common in the ketogenic diet, which reduces inflammation and oxidation in people suffering from numerous neurological disorders (study link).
The ketogenic diet eliminates many inflammatory foods and is one of the most successful treatments for migraines (article link).