ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Headaches are a common condition seven out of ten people experience at least once a year. With so many possible causes, it’s hard to pinpoint what triggers them. There are the obvious, and the not so obvious.
Anyone who suffers from migraines and chronic headaches knows all about the costs.
“There is a social cost, there is a productivity cost and of course there’s a medication cost. There’s also a personal cost that it can certainly trigger anxiety in some people that have it.” Said David Kudrow, MD, Director of the Neurological Research Institute of Southern California.
What if you could prevent it? Some shocking triggers include smoked meats, cured, canned, or even pickled. These contain synthetic preservatives that can mess with your blood vessels, triggering headaches. The same goes for aged cheeses, brie, blue, cheddar, and swiss all contain tyramine, a substance that can cause headaches by constricting and dilating your blood vessels. Another strange trigger is caffeine withdrawal. Cutting out caffeine can have physiological effects on the vascular system, which could cause headaches.
If you suspect certain foods may be the cause of your headaches, try maintaining a food journal to help work out patterns and triggers for your head pain.
Contributor(s) to this news report include: Gabriella Battistiol, Producer; Angela Clooney, Videographer and Editor.
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