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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Could the food I eat be giving me migraines?

    I get migraines on and off… I find I get them when I have cheap red wine, but also other times… What do you think?
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  • Lynette Lamb

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    For Medical Nutrition Chronic constipation and diarrhoea Gut/Bowel diseases & disorders Including Reflux Coeliac Disease and re Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), … View Profile

    Hi,  I would firstly get appropriate medical investigations done, just to ‘tick all the boxes’ and ensure everything is ok if getting chronic/severe headaches.    Under no circumstances is red ‘cheap wine’ recommended, as not only is wine a vaso dilator (dilates blood vessels),  it also has additives and preservatives that can cause head aches especially the cheapies.   Certainly there are foods that can cause headaches, however this should be investigated with specialized Dietitian.  It may help to keep a food and symptom diary and monitor amount of headaches and food/beverages consumed prior to headache.  Can be within a 24 hour period and a threshold usually applies.  That means that you may be able to tolerate a small amount, but with a combination of factors, you get headaches.  Hope this helps.   

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