Headache team suggests diet changes to help with pain

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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Tis the season to eat, drink, and be merry and if that's triggering headaches or migraines, the team at the Headache and Facial Pain Center at UC says getting the right help and altering the menu might really matter.

She'd had headaches for years, but recently Anne Steichen said she knew she needed medical attention when they were not getting any better. So she reached out to Dr. Vince Martin and Dr. Brinder Vij, who both have conducted studies on how what's happening inside a person’s head might be connected to what's inside the supermarket that people do or do not eat.

Dr. Vij said, “Diet can be one of the triggers but not the only trigger.”

Dr. Martin and Anne both said they were fans of avoiding common triggers. But around the holiday time of year that's not easy. Caffeine, alcohol, and certain nuts are commonly foods that may aggravate bad headaches because what people eat can influence inflammation in the body.

Dr. Martin said, “Well the one that I think is the most promising is one that's called a high omega three low omega six fatty acid diet.”

That diet consists of fewer processed foods, more fruits and vegetables, and foods that fight inflammation. These include foods such as flaxseed and salmon.

For Anne, a change in diet has made all the difference, “I can go up to four months without suffering a migraine, so it's been huge for me.”

Researchers came to the conclusions about duet after reviewing 180 research studies on migraine and diet.

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