Migraine Triggers

Food – Not all of these foods cause headaches in everyone.
• Dairy aged cheeses, ice cream, buttermilk, sour cream, yogurt
• Meats – aged/cured/processed meats containing additives such as MSG or nitrates, including bologna, ham, hot dogs, bacon and sausages
• Fruits and Vegetables citrus, figs, raisins, bananas, avocados, onions
• Legumes beans
• Sweeteners
• Alcohol especially red wine and beer
• Caffeine chocolate, coffee, tea, sodas

Other Triggers
• Lifestyle – too much or too little sleep, changes in meal times, fatigue, stress
• Hormonal – menstrual cycles, pregnancy, oral contraceptives, estrogen therapy
• Environmental – changes in weather/temperature, changes in altitude, bright or flickering lights, unusual odors or fumes

Co-morbidities
• Obesity
• Depression