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These products provoke migraines - Nutritionist shared black list of foods

These products provoke migraines - Nutritionist shared black list of foods How to prevent migraines (photo: Freepik)

Migraine can arise from many reasons, one of which is a reaction to foods high in histamine content. Nutritionist Anastasiia Holoborodko on Telegram shares how to prevent migraine.

Why migraines occur

"Migraine is a neurological condition, broader than intense, exhausting headaches. This condition affects women more often. It appears during PMS because fatty cells have estrogen receptors. Fluctuations in female sex hormones can release a lot of histamine from mast cells, triggering migraine," the expert explains.

Causes of migraine:

  • vascular causes often linked to the serotonin system. To resolve the problem, additional medical history needs to be considered;
  • activation of mast cells, mastocytosis, and neuroinflammation;
  • neuronal - cortical hyperexcitability and depression;
  • nociceptive - pain pathways, trigeminal nerve activation, neuropeptides;
  • release of histamine, tryptase, and other inflammatory cytokines - this depends on diet.

Foods that trigger migraines

When a migraine occurs, a trigger complex is activated. If considered from a dietary perspective, it arises due to a reaction to high histamine content. Insufficient DAO enzyme can increase sensitivity, leading to mast cell activation syndrome and chronic inflammation.

High histamine foods include:

  • alcohol and excessive coffee;
  • fermented products: kombucha, yogurt, kefir, cheese;
  • shellfish: oysters, mussels, crabs, lobsters, shrimp;
  • processed meats and sausages;
  • avocado;
  • eggplant;
  • dried fruits;
  • spinach;
  • aged cheeses.

Preventing migraines

Holoborodko advises following these rules to reduce the likelihood of migraines:

  • normalize sleep - return to circadian rhythms. Get plenty of daylight in the morning, go for walks, block blue "day" light in the evening;
  • meditate - practice yoga, engage in regular physical activity;
  • manage stress with non-drug methods;
  • supplements that work with fatty cells may be beneficial for preventing migraines.

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