Parmesan, goat cheese, and all the like are delicious on top of salads and pasta. Ever thought that a little sprinkle of cheese could be the trigger for your migraines? This can be due to a chemical called tyramine. Typically, foods that are high in tyramine have been aged or stored for long periods of time. Tyramine releases a chemical in the nerve cells called norepinephrine that trigger migraine headaches.
Overheated? Don’t drink that ice water too quickly! Many people experience “brain freezes” which last for a very short amount of time. For those who are prone to migraines, this can be a trigger for more than just a small headache that lasts about a minute.
Everyone enjoys that delicious salty umami flavor that comes with this popular Asian dipping sauce, but little did you know it could be causing your migraines. While soy sauce is very salty which can lead to dehydration, it also contains a common chemical called monosodium glutamate (MSG). MSG is the component in many processed foods like flavored chips and frozen dinners that give an instant umami flavor. Unfortunately, it could also be one of the culprits to your migraines.
Processed meats such as bacon, hot dogs, and lunch meat contain nitrates and nitrites. While they are meant to keep the meat fresh, they are also a potential trigger for your migraines. Like caffeine, nitrates and nitrites can enlarge blood vessels and cause migraines.