If you suffer from NDPH, chronic daily migraines or cluster headaches, you need to take the time to fully evaluate your reaction to the food you consume. Discovering my own food triggers has been a long and difficult process, but avoiding certain foods and adopting a high nutrient diet has greatly decreased my daily pain.
It’s worth the effort.
Your doctor probably went through the traditional list of common food triggers with you when you were diagnosed, BUT you could possibly be sensitive to foods that are not on the list. How do you figure out what your food could be setting off the pain? I’ll get to that in a minute…first, here is a list of the most common triggers:
- Fermented cheeses
- Nitrates (commonly found in processed meats)
- Red Wine
- Ice Cream
I’ve found that making drastic changes to my diet has been the most effective way to decrease the daily pain of NDPH. None of the medications I have tried (and there have been many) have had any effect on the frequency or intensity of my pain. They have, however, left me with some very negative side effects. The long term effects of most headache medications are dangerous. In my opinion, they are more dangerous to my health long term than NDPH itself.
The plan that I follow – or try to follow to the best of my ability – is from Dr. Joel Furhman’s books Eat To Live and Fasting and Eating for Health. He outlines a specific diet plan to eliminate your headache (s) and claims a 90% success rate.
The major cause of both tension headaches and migraines is the retention of toxins or tissue irritants within the central nervous system. These chemical irritants may cause an over sensitivity of nerve tissues to other stimuli.
He goes on to point out that a high protein diet is one of the main reasons people suffer from headaches, and that a build up of toxins in the body from other unhealthy foods can also be to blame. Take the time to read through his website. I encourage you to also read his books and give his high nutrient headache diet plan a try. Even if you can’t limit yourself as strictly as he recommends (I have not yet been successful at cutting out all caffeine and sugar), you will hopefully see a decrease in pain. You will certainly experience weight loss and all of the health benefits that go along with a healthy high nutrient diet.
My advice is based purely on personal experience. I am not trying to sell you the book – I just want to share the one thing that has helped me with living with NDPH. I sincerely hope it helps you as well.