Migraines are all too common in today’s fast-paced world. Who has time to stop and care for a migraine, whether it lasts a few hours or potentially even a few days? About 37 million Americans suffer from migraines, with up to 3 million having chronic migraines (a migraine more than 15 times in a month). What are the symptoms of a migraine?

  • Intense throbbing or pulsating feeling, usually on one side of the head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, and smell

So, what causes migraines? For some, food can be a trigger. Keeping track of the foods eaten before an attack and avoiding them in the future can help mitigate migraines. What are some specific foods that are common triggers?

    • MSG: Usually found in Chinese food or processed foods.
    • Aspartame: This is an artificial sweetener contained in many sugar-free products.
    • Caffeine:  This can be found in soda or coffee. Too much can cause migraines while just a small amount may actually help during an attack.
    • Aged cheeses: These contain a compound called tyramines that interact with neurotransmitters in the body.
    • Legumes: Peas, lentils, and beans
    • Cured or processed meats: Hot dogs, sandwich meat, and sausages contain sodium nitrate which changes chemicals in the brain.
    • Alcohol: Red wine, in particular
    • Chocolate
    • Citrus fruits
    • Nuts

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Someone may wonder if it is really necessary to remove all of these foods to avoid migraines. Be assured, there is another option.

Migraines and Upper Cervical Care

We have found that many migraines are due to injuries in the upper neck area. It could have been recent damage or that from many years ago. If a misalignment is in this area, it hinders blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow to and from the brain and body. It can also irritate and inflame nerves. This is the perfect condition for a migraine to occur.

By correcting the misalignment through a gentle, effective method, many patients have reported seeing a significant decrease in symptoms. Some have their headaches go away entirely.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Nate call our Edwardsville office at 618-307-9494.