Experts discovered that mild, moderate and severe malnutrition was associated with more intense headaches happening more often.
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Pain in the stomach, ears, arms, or legs is often considered tolerable but the one form of it that affects people most is headaches
. It is a no-brainer that headaches and migraines are the most bothersome for many reasons – they can take a toll on focus, concentration, desire to work and study, or anything else for that pain. Migraines, particularly, can be debilitating and may result in nausea and even sensitivity to light. But surprisingly, a recent study published by Nutritional Neuroscience found a link between eating habits and migraines.
How are migraines linked with diet?
Involving 8953 participants, the study discovered that 1838 people involved in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999-2004 were suffering from migraines. And while considering the variables responsible, the people behind the study analysed data and found a link between headaches and diet – specifically using prognostic nutritional index and its effect on severe headaches
Experts discovered that mild, moderate and severe malnutrition was associated with more intense headaches happening more often. Experts also noted that the diets of migraine
sufferers was more likely to lack essential vitamins and minerals such as selenium, potassium, folate, fibre, riboflavin, magnesium and vitamins A, C, K, B6 and B12. Additionally, these people were drinking more coffee and consuming more theobromine, a compound found in chocolate thereby concluding that diet was strongly associated with the risk and severity of migraines.
Other causes of migraines
Experts also stated that migraines can be triggered by low blood sugar as well – in people who either give up on carbohydrates or specific food groups, keep long intervals between meals or skip meals. Additionally, prolonged malnutrition often leads to mineral and vitamin deficiencies – particularly B vitamins and magnesium which can contribute to severe migraines.
The worst diet fads for migraine sufferers
Furthermore, diet and migraines have another common link – people suffering from headaches have reduced appetite and as a result migraines worsen and repeat. Some specific diet fads are particularly associated with nutritional deficiencies
and headaches thereafter, such as vegetarian
and ketogenic diets. Therefore, if you are prone to migraine or headaches – mild or severe – it is advised to check with the doctor before making any changes to the diet, abstaining from food groups or relying on supplements.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.