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Updated 04 June 2013

What triggers your headaches?

A bewildering array of triggers can set off a headache.

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A bewildering array of triggers can set off a headache. If a trigger is identified, and can be easily avoided, then one should do so. This is particularly true of dietary triggers, over which you have complete control. What's behind your headache?

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Some of the most common dietary triggers include: peanuts and peanut butter; caffeine in all products, not just coffee; dairy products; yeast; some beans; avocados; dried meats; sauerkraut; pickled herrings; canned soups and packet soup mixes; chicken livers; ripe banana; soya products, as well as the bean itself; sodium nitrate, which is used to preserve cured meats; the preservative benzoic acid and its associated compounds; MSG, a flavour enhancer; nuts; sourdough breads; cheeses which have been aged, e.g. Cheddar; red wines, beer, champagne, vermouth; chocolate; and anchovies.

QUIZ: Are you eating correctly to control your headaches?

 

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