Migraine Trigger: Processed Foods

Migraine Trigger: Processed Foods

Processed Foods Combine to Trigger Migraines

The top migraine food triggers are processed foods.

Food triggers average two to three days before triggering headaches or migraines—making them hard to identify.

They also combine to break the headache threshold. It’s this combination that makes processed foods extremely dangerous.


What Migraine Triggers are in Processed Foods?

Processed foods are more likely to contain high levels of biogenic amines (histamine, tyramine, etc.), glutamate (MSG), nitrites, sulfites, sugar, refined carbohydrates, milk, trans fats, omega-6 fat, artificial sweeteners, food additives, and a number of hidden headache triggers.

These food triggers can be hidden in just about any can, box, or packaged food.


Natural Foods Prevent Migraines

Small amounts of food triggers in natural foods such as vegetables will be slowly digested because of nutrients, vitamins, and fiber.

Processed foods that have fiber and nutrients stripped away will have a combination of headache triggers that are rapidly digested.


Processed Foods Combine and Concentrate Migraine Triggers

Pizza is the best example of this catastrophe.

Many people do just fine eating the ingredients of a pizza separately. However, combining aged cheese, bleached flour, canned tomato sauce, aged meats, MSG, and food additives into a pizza is one of the most common migraine triggers.


Why do Processed Foods Trigger Migraines?

Processed foods are more likely to increase inflammation, oxidative stress, and glutamate levels. These elevated levels are associated with migraines and a number of diseases.

It’s no secret that the western diet is considered unhealthy in comparison to a diet made up of natural fruits, vegetables, and meats.


Processed Foods Fill Up the Headache Threshold

An unhealthy diet will have a number of headache triggers that can fill up the headache threshold. The headache threshold is like a cup.

Having a headache threshold consistently filled with inflammation and oxidative stress will make it easier for small headache triggers to overflow the cup, triggering headaches or migraines.

Limit Processed Foods

Processed Foods are Dangerous in Excess.


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