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Migraines and food - is your diet giving you a headache?

Anyone who’s felt the agonising crush of a migraine will tell you how exhausting and debilitating an episode can be. Often causing nausea, dizziness and fatigue, the effects can linger for hours and sometimes days after a severe attack.

As we enter Migraine Awareness Week (first week of September), we’re looking at the impact food can have on our neurological health, and why, when it comes to our diets, staying clear of trigger foods can be a real headache.

Those who suffer regularly will be aware of the more common factors for migraine, such as stress, hormonal changes and sensory stimuli such as bright lights. But many of us are unaware of the link between diet and migraine.

Certain foods and drinks, such as dark chocolate, red wine and processed foods are more commonly thought to trigger migraine but what if after avoiding the more common culprits, you’re still suffering?

Finding the foods at fault

One of the key problems when it comes to diet and migraine is knowing exactly which foods you need to avoid.

An ingredient that causes problems for one person could be completely fine for another, which is why cutting out common ‘problem foods’ at random is rarely the best way to determine the cause.

It’s also common to experience reactions to more than one food. Whilst we often assume certain ingredients like gluten or dairy are more likely than others to cause problems, any ingredient in our diets could be a cause of negative effects. If you have multiple trigger foods, discovering them yourself by process of elimination takes a significant amount of time to find which food intolerance causes your migraines.

A delayed reaction

Because, unlike allergy, food intolerances can have a delayed reaction of up to 72 hours, we often place the blame on the wrong foods.

For example, we assume that the cheese we ate the night before is the cause of next morning’s upset stomach. We rarely assume it was actually the eggs we had for breakfast two days ago. With so many ingredients finding their way onto our plates in a typical week, it’s very difficult to pinpoint exactly what it is we’ve eaten to cause us to feel unwell.

The next time you suffer a migraine, think back over everything you’ve eaten during the previous 72 hours. It’s likely you’d have a hard time locating the cause amongst three days of meals and snacks.

Take the first step to feeling better

If you suffer with migraine it’s important to talk with a GP to rule out any serious health conditions. If you are still struggling to find the cause of your headaches, it might be time to consider taking a food intolerance test.

With around 9 million adults in the UK living with food intolerances, advice and support to help you remove and replace your trigger foods has never been better.

The simple home testing kit from Smartblood provides fast and accurate results, helping you pinpoint your problem foods. Discover the Smartblood test.

Smartblood Story - Julia's Intolerance to Dairy

Julia is a market trader, and also studying speech and language therapy. Julia has suffered with regular migraines for over 22 years, and has tried everything to get rid of them, even ice baths!

It wasn't until Julia had a Smartblood food intolerance test recommended to her by one of her friends that she found out that she had raised IgG antibody levels to many dairy products. Replacing these foods with others on the advice of a Smartblood nutritional therapist has made a big difference in Julia's life - her migraines have vanished, and she would recommend a Smartblood test to anybody.

It’s estimated that those with trigger foods actually react to between 4 and 6 ingredients and the results can be surprising. Anything from prawns to potatoes can present a problem.

If you think that a food may be causing your discomfort, cut out the guesswork with a Smartblood test. With results available in as little as 3 days, you don’t have to wait long to take control of your diet and see the benefits.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

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1st Step Test

  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
£19.75Free p&p
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Smartblood Test

  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation
£249.75Free p&p

It’s estimated that those with trigger foods actually react to between 4 and 6 ingredients and the results can be surprising. Anything from prawns to potatoes can present a problem.

If you think that a food may be causing your discomfort, cut out the guesswork with a Smartblood test. With results available in as little as 3 days, you don’t have to wait long to take control of your diet and see the benefits.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation

It’s estimated that those with trigger foods actually react to between 4 and 6 ingredients and the results can be surprising. Anything from prawns to potatoes can present a problem.

If you think that a food may be causing your discomfort, cut out the guesswork with a Smartblood test. With results available in as little as 3 days, you don’t have to wait long to take control of your diet and see the benefits.

The 1st-step indicator test is popular with those that have health problems that may be explained by a food intolerance but want to just check this before proceeding to a full test, which can be done on the same sample with no extra effort.

The full Smartblood test is a complete program that includes a 30 minute consultation with one of our BANT registered Nutritional Therapists and is a great way to discover all of your food sensitivities and take control over your own personal trigger foods.

Image

1st Step Test

£19.75
  • A Simple Yes/No
  • Result in 3 Days
  • Our most popular pathway
  • Can Upgrade if Positive
Image

Smartblood Test

£249.75
  • Reactions to 134 Foods
  • Results in 3 Days
  • £230 Refund if No Reactions
  • Nutritionist Consultation