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Narrowing down foods that may cause migraines

Red wine: NorthShore University Health System suggests these foods are common triggers for migraines. (Source: Winter 2014 brochure)
Red wine: NorthShore University Health System suggests these foods are common triggers for migraines. (Source: Winter 2014 brochure)Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The throbbing sensation by the temples or behind an ear can be so severe that a person wants to put a pillow over her head and shut off the lights. But hiding from a migraine won't necessarily make it go away, and it may take some action to get rid of the source issue. Migraines can be hereditary, the cause of stress, the result of lack of sufficient sleep (seven to eight hours), but migraines can also be due to certain foods.

According to NorthShore University Health System, food triggers may be the cause of migraines, specifically foods that have been processed, fermented, pickled or marinated.

If migraines start to happen on a consistent basis, keeping a food journal to notate what all a person has eaten may be helpful in figuring out if the migraine issue is indeed food related. Check out the list above for common foods that are migraine triggers.

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