Could Caffeine be the Solution for Your Migraines?

Caffeine as a SOLUTION?

I was going through websites one night and found one that advocated using caffeine to cure migraines. The site displayed a picture of a male and female doctor at the top. I started reading some of the material and was astounded to find the author claiming that the best way to treat a migraine is obviously through painkillers.  First of all, there is nothing obvious about that. Secondly, painkillers should rarely be used to treat a migraine. The article then went on to discuss specific painkillers that incorporate caffeine.

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California State Senate rejects GMO labeling again

Is it a surprise to anyone that this bill failed, when you have the likes of Monsanto and Dow Chemical buying the votes of politicians for sometimes as little as just a steak dinner? It is completely outrageous that Californians are not able to know whether or not food contains GMOs by looking at a label on the product. But of course, anyone who knows anything about the prevalence of GMOs in our food supply is aware that GMOs are found in 95% or more of everything that we consume. Why then are organizations and companies fighting so hard to not label GMOs? What harm could come from consumers simply knowing what we are consuming? And, what should we do about it?

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Identify Tyramine Buildup in Certain Fruits and Vegetables

 

For the majority of us, certain odors allow us to determine when we should not consume particular foods anymore. The more pungent the odor, the more likely it is that the foods have gone bad. Unfortunately for migraine sufferers, it is not that easy. For us, the buildup of tyramine is one of the major triggers of migraine headaches. Tyramine builds up as the food ages and certain foods contain higher amounts of tyramine than do others. Sometimes there is no particular smell to alert us that we should avoid a particular food.

In this article, I describe easy ways to identify high levels of tyramine in a few every day fruits and vegetables.

For a more detailed discussion on tyramine, you can read the “Tyramine” article, located in the “In Focus” section.

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Should you avoid nightshade vegetables?

To avoid or not avoid the nightshade

Certain foods from the nightshade family can contribute to migraines. Widely consumed vegetables such as eggplant, potatoes, tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, paprika, and cayenne pepper are all part of the nightshade family of vegetables. In reality there are over 2,800 species of plants that belong to this group1. There are those who believe that migraine sufferers should avoid this group of vegetables altogether as the nightshade contains neurotoxic alkaloids that can trigger a migraine.  Neurotoxic alkaloids have also been found to impair muscle and joint function.

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Writing your first food journal

What comes to mind when you hear food journal?

 

I would like to share with you how I use a food journal in order to find offending foods and eliminating them from my diet. Migraines can alert you to a food intolerance, which in turn can alert you to an underlying digestive issue. What we consume, often times, determine how healthy or sick we become. They old saying“You are what you eat” comes to mind.

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What Do The Words “Migraine Relief” Mean to You?

Migraine relief is a migraine free life and don’t let anyone tell you different

Migraine relief usually means different things to different people. When I think about it, a migraine free life is where I can eat what I want and do what I want without being held back by the pains of a migraine.

Real relief is not about removing the symptoms of a headache. Most drug companies and doctors would have you believe that relief will never happen and the best you can do is resort to certain medications to improve your lifestyle. In essence, we are taught that migraine relief comes when you ingest a tablet. You need to become your own advocate by listening and responding to your body. Only then can you have a chance at real migraine relief. The path begins by trying to find the cause.

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What is Tyramine?

Tyramine is a naturally occurring substance in foods

Tyramine is produced in foods with the natural breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine(1). It is thought to cause the dilation and contraction of blood vessels. In other words, as high protein food ages in your refrigerator, tyramine is produced. This is particularly  important for people prone to migraines since high levels of tyramine can be a significant migraine trigger.

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Monosodium Glutamate (“MSG”) bad for Migraine Sufferers

What is MSG and where does it come from? MSG is a sodium salt of glutamic acid, a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid (1). It is made by fermenting certain carbohydrates in addition to using certain bacterial and yeast species. MSG functions as a food additive and has been marketed to enhance the taste of certain foods. When we generally think of MSG, we think of East Asian cuisine. Why should Migraine sufferers stay away from foods that contain MSG?

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