You all know, migraines can be extremely debilitating and painful. Sometimes they are accompanied by pulsating pain, nausea and vomiting. Many migraine sufferers may also experience extreme sensitivity to light. Did you know some ingredients in certain sodas can affect the onset or course of a migraine attack.
Some Food Triggers
According to a report by MayoClinic.com, certain drinks and foods can trigger migraines for some people. The most common foods that can trigger migraines are beer, red wine, monosodium, aged cheese, chocolate, aspartame, and caffeine. You can even get migraine if you’re skipping meals or fasting. Some sodas, contain both aspartame and caffeine-caffeine is also there in many pepper-style drinks and colas, and aspartame is mostly present in “light” or diet sodas.
According to online medical encyclopedia Medline Plus, many medical professionals around the globe attribute migraines to the change in the width of tiny blood vessels in patient’s head. Caffeine, mostly used in pepper-type sodas and colas, typically narrows the blood vessels in the body and head. So if migraine was due to overly dilated blood vessels, sodas can quickly aggravate the symptoms. If the migraine in a patient was due to the narrowed blood vessels, caffeine would likely make the symptoms worse.
Other Interesting Theories
Medline Plus believes that migraines occur due to some genetic factors. Some genes responsible for controlling brain activity malfunction, resulting in migraines. If you’re experiencing migraine attacks, ask your family members if they find certain types of drinks or sodas to be alleviating or triggering some of their migraines. If your migraines are determined genetically, it’s likely you will share most of your migraine triggers with your siblings or parents.
You can always take medications to control migraine headaches, still its best to switch to herbal options if you want lasting relief. Also consider the role of your sleep patterns in alleviating or causing migraines. Sometimes changes in sleep patterns can aggravate migraines, so avoid those caffeinated sodas at your bedtime. Caffeinated drinks can easily disrupt sleep patterns, causing more migraines.