Migraines can't be cured with a couple ibuprofen. They're all but full impossible to stop once they start, with sensory sensitivity, nausea, blurred vision, and more compounding the pain. But these 11 easy recipes that prevent migraines can help you stave off the mother of all headaches before it even comes.
In this case, prevention really means that these recipes don't include any foods that are known to trigger migraines, which there are actually a lot of. Dr. Teshamae Monteith, a member of the American Academy of Neurology, lists these as examples: alcohol (specifically red wine), high-nitrate-containing processed meats (hot dogs, cold cuts, cured meats), aged cheese, chocolate, MSG, artificial sweeteners, citrus, nuts, and spicy or salty food. Anita Mirchandani, M.S. R.D. C.D.N, a clinical nutritionist and registered dietician, adds that excess caffeine, sugar, and additives should be avoided as well if you suffer from migraines.
That might seem like an intimidatingly long list of foods to avoid, but it's not impossible. Both experts recommend a diet full of whole grains and veggies to give your body the nutrients it needs to stay in tip-top shape and to keep migraines at bay. Specifically, foods that are particularly hydrating are important, as dehydration is a common cause of headaches, according to Mirchandani.
But it's important to note that "migraines are caused by underlying issues such as dehydration or hormonal changes, or some people are more prone to them," Mirchandani explains. One cannot simply state that the foods listed above will cause a migraine because every body responds differently to different foods. What's most important is for you to get to know your own body to nail down what hurts and helps you, as that will give you a better chance of prevention.
The following recipes won't cure your migraines by any means, but they're full of ingredients known to be beneficial to migraine sufferers.