December 24, 2012 | 83,584 views | + Add to Favorites
By Dr. Mercola
An estimated 26 million Americans suffer with migraines. Approximately 80 percent of them are women. All in all, about one in five women get migraines while only one in 16 men get them, according to migraines.org.1 About 60 percent of women affected have menstrual-related migraines, meaning it tends to coincide with their menstrual cycle.
A migraine headache is characterized as an intense throbbing or pulsing headache, typically in one area or side of your head, and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
Those who have never had a migraine before can be very frightened with the neurological symptoms. The visual problems are most problematic as a migraine can simulate a stroke where you start to have disturbed vision and even short term visual loss and flashing lights.
Migraine attacks can cause debilitating pain for several hours to several days. Some migraineurs experience “aura” sensations before an attack. These are sensory warning symptoms, such as flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling in your arm or leg.
The featured article2 recently brought up the dietary links to migraines – specifically how the grain- and dairy-free Paleo diet appears to help banish the pain for many people. This is not entirely surprising, considering that milk and wheat are two major food allergens.
Are Food Allergies Causing Your Migraines?
Searching the medical literature in PubMed.gov using the search terms “migraine” and “food allergies” will provide you with more than 150 different studies.3 Some of the top migraine-inducing foods identified include:
Wheat Cow’s milk Grain cereals Cane sugar Yeast Corn Citrus Eggs