Understand the relationship between diet and migraines

This article explores the complex relationship between migraines and diet. In my role as a nutritionist and dietician, I'll share the insights gained from scientific studies to provide advice on how you can manage migraines with dietary changes. Discussion topics will include how to start, the benefits of understanding migraines and foods that may influence them, as well as additional advice for managing migraines through diet.

Understand the relationship between diet and migraines

It is important to understand the link between migraines and diet because some foods or drinks may trigger migraines. A study in Current Pain and Headache reports found that between 10% and 64% of migraine sufferers report eating as their main trigger. Understanding which foods can cause migraines or relieve them will help you better manage your symptoms.

Start by identifying your triggers

To manage migraines with diet, you must first identify your triggers. Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice published a study that recommends keeping a detailed food journal to keep track of what you eat, and when migraines occur. It may take a while to recognize patterns. You can benefit from consulting with a health professional or dietician to help you navigate the process.

Some Foods that may Influence Migraine

Other Tips to Manage Migraines through Diet

In addition to identifying possible food triggers it is important to keep a regular diet to avoid low blood sugar that may cause headaches. Dehydration can also trigger migraines. While it might be tempting to cut out many food items at once, you should only eliminate one at a time. This will allow you to determine the impact of each on your migraines.


Conclusion: The relationship between migraines and diet is highly individual and complex. Understanding this relationship, and being able to identify your own food triggers is a great way to manage and reduce migraine symptoms. Individuals with migraines who maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated can improve their quality of living by working closely together with medical professionals.