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Migraine Relief Through Changes in Diet

We see many migraine sufferers in our Bloomington, IL office, and if you suffer from migraine headaches,  you know how difficult they can be. In addition to pain that is often disabling, many migraine patients experience double vision, sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting, and other symptoms. Not only does this affect your quality of life, but it can also impact your ability to work. Fortunately, researchers have found that dietary changes can offer some relief.

A 2012 study looked at 170 women who had migraine headaches and were referred to neurology clinics for help. The objective was to see if the patients’ diet had any impact on their headache patterns. Information was collected via a questionnaire in which each subject was asked about their headache history and their diet, and the responses were analyzed to determine if there was any correlation between certain foods and headache frequency.

Researchers found that there were, in fact, specific foods that seemed to increase headache frequency in migraine patients. From greatest to least effect they were: red meat, white meat, cereal, vegetables, fruit, salad dressing, and eggs. Furthermore, about 75% of the patients reported that chocolate would often trigger a migraine.

Dr. Duquette uses a functional medicine approach in his office, and that means that we look at many different factors in determining how to treat our patients. Diet is a critical part of how we work with our patients, and a very important issue in migraine headaches.

If you're ready to get natural relief for your migraines, give our Bloomington office a call today at (217) 249-4808 for an appointment or more information. We have patients who visit our office from Bloomington, Decatur, and Champaign, IL.

Nazari F, Eghbali M. Migraine and its relationship with dietary habits in women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research 2012;17(2 Suppl1):S65-S71.


December 15, 2014