Is Food Causing Your Headaches?
If you're subject to frequent headaches, you may want to tweak your diet-- even the seemingly healthiest snacks.
You may think that handful of grapes you snack on is healthy, but it could be the hidden cause of your headaches.
As it turns out, the low-calorie, high fiber fruit is full of vitamin C, but it also contains an amino acid known as tyramine. As it forms from the breakdown of protein in foods, tyramine causes blood pressure to rise. This can result in a trigger for headaches in many.
Other trigger foods such as grapes that you probably never thought twice about correlating with headaches include smoked or cured meats, aged cheese, citrus fruits, sauerkraut, soy sauce. Drinks can do it, too-- particularly red wine and certain types of beer.
If you find yourself falling victim to frequent headaches, peep your diet for the items above and slowly remove them temporarily to see if your headache subsides. Keeping a food diary can help to curb your intake of tyramine-rich foods.
These sneaky snacks are also known to have a negative effect on some antidepressants called MAOIs. Patients who have been prescribed these medicines should discuss their regular diet with their doctors to see if they should nix the tyramine-rich foods or not.
Be careful to know whether your headache is a migraine, tension headache, or regular type. Tension headaches are often caused by physical or emotional stress. The World Health Organization has shared that 80 percent of women and 67 percent of men experience tension headaches in the neck, temples, and forehead. It's important to decipher which type is affecting you so that you can properly battle it.