WHAT TO EAT WHEN MIGRAINES ARE COMMON
Does Food Trigger Your Migraine?
· When migraines are a common part of your life, the most important thing becomes avoiding more migraines.
· Some people are triggers by food, and this occurs when the liver and or the blood vessels are compromised and are not preforming their functions as they should. Because the liver is not cleaning the blood or the arteries are not able to expand to accommodate extra needs and adjust from pressure changes, the brain doesn’t get the oxygen and nutrients that it needs.
You may or may not know if food is triggering your migraines. If you notice frequently or occasionally that migraines are an issue when you drink wine, eat cheese, travel to higher altitude, fly on an airplane, then this food list can be very meaningful to you. If you don’t know what causes your migraines, I suggest you take the migraine test which can be found on this website and in my book, www.RealMigraineSolution.com
How What You Eat Can Affect Your Headaches
When migraines are a common part of your life, the most important thing becomes avoiding more migraines. Some people are triggered by certain foods, and this occurs when the liver and/or the blood are compromised and are not performing their functions as they should. Because the liver is not adequately cleaning the blood, the brain doesn’t get the oxygen and nutrients that it needs.
You may or may not know if food is triggering your migraines. If you notice or begin to associate migraines with drinking wine, eating cheese, or heavy foods, then this food list can be very meaningful to you. Thick blood with a sluggish liver can be affected by these food choices. Some foods thicken the blood and require extra hydration while some help to thin it for better blood flow. If you don’t know what causes your migraines, I suggest you take the Migraine Test that can be found on this website and in my book The Migraine Protocol.
Trigger foods: These otherwise healthy foods can trigger migraines because they work to coagulate the blood (increase blood viscosity/thickness/stickiness), and when circulation is already compromised, this can add enough to the equation to tip the scale into a migraine or make one worse.
As these foods increase blood viscosity, or sticky blood, they decrease ease of oxygen and nutrient delivery. This increases your chance of having a migraine if you are susceptible. Vitamin K thickens your blood and increases the risk of clotting or high blood viscosity.
Blood-Thickening Foods to Avoid
Foods High in Vitamin K Units of Vitamin K per Serving
Kale, cooked 1/2 cup 531
Spinach, cooked 1/2 cup 444
Collards, cooked 1/2 cup 418
Swiss chard, raw 1 cup 299
Swiss chard, cooked 1/2 cup 287
Mustard greens, raw 1 cup 279
Turnip greens, cooked 1/2 cup 265
Parsley, raw 1/4 cup 246
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup 220
Brussels sprouts, cooked 1 C 219
Mustard greens, cooked 1/2 C 210
Collards, raw 1 cup 184
Spinach, raw 1 cup 145
Turnip greens, raw 1 cup 138
Endive, raw 1 cup 116
Foods High in Saturated Fat
Poultry with skin
Beef fat (tallow)
Lard and cream
Other dairy products made from whole or reduced-fat (2 percent) milk
Cheese substitutes and butter substitutes may be high also
Some baked goods,
Palm kernel oil
Some fermented foods
Chocolate (as bars with other saturated fats, especially dairy fat)
Other Foods to Avoid During Liver Healing
Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Shellfish, ocean bottom feeders
Foods With a Neutral Effect on Blood
Although these foods have some Vitamin K, the levels are low enough that they won’t trigger a migraine and do not need to be avoided.
Units of Vitamin K per Serving
Broccoli, raw 1 cup 89
Cabbage, cooked 1/2 cup 82
Green leaf lettuce 1 cup 71
Prunes, stewed 1 cup 65
Romaine lettuce, raw 1 cup 57
Asparagus 4 spears 48
Avocado 1 cup 30-48
Tuna, canned in oil 3 ounces 37
Blue/black-berries, raw 1 cup 29
Peas, cooked 1/2 cup 41
Blood-Thinning Foods and Supplements to Eat
FISH HIGH IN OMEGA 3
Prunes (In moderation as they have some vitamin K)
Fruits high in moisture
Pure fruit juice
You can heal your body from migraines by following the healing protocol found in my book The Migraine Protocol. Until you no longer have migraines or your liver or blood vessels are healed, you will want to follow the food guidelines above. Once you are well, you can enjoy these foods again as you would like.
Happy eating! Find more information about healing your body at realmigrainesolutions.com