Headaches are known to be brought on by common daily life stresses. What exactly causes headaches has been studied for years with recent research finding that what we eat and when we eat it plays a significant role in both headaches and migraines.

According to recent reports, many people who suffer from frequent headaches or migraines may be sensitive to certain food chemicals, both naturally occurring and artificial. Common food chemicals that have been found to affect the arteries of the head include:

  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) – a common flavor enhancer, but also found naturally in such foods as tomatoes. There are many food places that cook with MSG, so if you suspect a restaurant or eatery that uses MSG, then you may have to avoid it altogether.


Nitrites – these preservatives are found in processed meats and some cheeses. Processed foods are generally not healthy for you, so use caution and stay away or limit consumption as you will likely have less health conditions you will have to worry about.


  • Amines – common compounds found in a wide range of foods, including spinach, tomato, potato, small whole fish, tuna, liver, dark chocolate and alcoholic drinks.


  • Other things that can play a role in headaches is caffeine. Some people even get headaches from caffeine withdrawal.

If you suspect you are getting headaches more often after consuming any of the above, you need to be assessed by a qualified health practitioner. It can make a huge difference when it comes to pain relief and the onset of future headaches




July 13, 2017 / Blog / Comments


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