One of the more challenging things about migraines, is figuring out what foods your stomach can tolerate.
The wrong foods can cause you additional pain for hours and sometimes, days. It’s common to crave sugar when you’re head feels like it’s ready to explode, but sneaking unhealthy or problematic triggering foods may taste good, only for a moment. It’s almost guaranteed the wrong food choices will make you pay dearly later on.
In this article, I will review some of the worst foods you can eat if you suffer migraines and/or adrenal fatigue.
Stay Away from Deep Fried Foods
Most of these foods are fried in partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated fats, which are often kept at very high temperatures and reused. Here’s what many don’t realize: after the heat reaches a certain temperature, toxic free radicals are formed and the oil becomes rancid. Even if the food is fried in oils high in essential fatty acids, this could cause the same problems with the toxic free radicals. These oils include flax, safflower, peanut, cold pressed sunflower, etc. Therefore, it is best to stay away from all fried foods to avoid the complications.
The Bad Oils – Partially Hydrogenated and Hydrogenated
These oils have been chemically altered in a way that does nothing for your health. The three most common forms of these oils are margarine, the oils in commercial peanut butter (nonorganic), and vegetable shortening. The unfortunate fact is that these impure oils and fats are used in almost all prepared commercial foods found in grocery stores and restaurants. Bad fats like these block the functions of the good fats, which are to build tissue like cell and nerve wall membranes. Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats negatively impact your fatty acid metabolism by using up the enzymes that are usually saved for the good fats. This prevents the body from making quality nerve sheaths and cell membranes.
You should put that food back on the shelf if it has hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. There are alternatives in the grocery and health food stores. You just have to look more carefully. Eating these foods will severely inhibit your ability to get better and have fewer migraine attacks. I know that alternative foods can be more expensive, so start off with just a few of the most eaten foods in your pantry and refrigerator.
Avoid all Junk and Fast Foods
This is difficult, I know, especially if you are accustomed to this kind of diet. However, there are a great number of problems that are associated with overconsumption of fast food and junk food, all of which contain sugar, hydrogenated fats, and white flour. More often than not, these are very low-quality ingredients and have artificial colors and very little nutritious value. The nutrients that they do have are lost when stored or loaded with chemical preservatives. Honestly, I would even question if junk food was food at all. It certainly dresses like food, but it does not act like food. Understand that these foods are not needed for sustenance and they only wreak havoc on the body’s physiology, will leave you feeling gross, and even cause you to gain weight. That is in addition to exacerbating your migraine symptoms and adrenal fatigue!
The Message Behind Craving Chocolate
This section does not apply to those who have chocolate very rarely; however, for many of us, chocolate cravings are a very real issue. Having a piece of chocolate once or twice a year is not harmful at all. However, if chocolate is a weakness and cravings are regular, then this section is meant specifically for you. A chocolate craving is your body’s way of telling you it needs magnesium because chocolate is rich in it. Women who crave chocolate the most during menstruation need magnesium because it mediates PMS symptoms with its ability to manufacture progesterone. Low progesterone levels produce PMS symptoms. Therefore, the body craves chocolate, but the problem is that it is also high in sugar and caffeine or caffeine-like substance known as theobromine, which overstimulates the adrenal glands and leads to adrenal fatigue and worsens migraines. Go for other foods high in magnesium such as nuts, seeds, dark leafy greens, fish, avocados, whole grains, bananas, yogurt, or dried fruit.
Sugar and White Flour Addiction
Most people suffering from adrenal fatigue, low thyroid, and migraine syndrome crave the foods made with these ingredients like rolls, pies, cakes, crackers, cookies, doughnuts, candy bars, and soft drinks. This is because hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is associated with malfunctioning glands, and these types of foods raise the blood sugar quickly. Unfortunately, however, they also create a huge sugar or carbohydrate crash, which then leads to more cravings. White flour and sugar are naked calories, which means your metabolism will further deplete the already low stores of vitamins and minerals that are needed to keep the body’s organs functioning properly.
Instead, try replacing these foods with those that are rich in nutrients and energy sources. Doing this will ensure that the food you eat does not become a thief to your already ailing glandular processes. Removing these items from your diet will remove you from that hypoglycemic roller coaster of dramatic rises and falls in your blood sugar, which can lead you feeling sluggish, fatigued, and as if you are aging more rapidly.
Avoid Food Triggers
One of the most important aspects of restoring adrenal function and alleviating migraine symptoms is to identify which foods cause allergies or sensitivities. Most people are not aware of sensitivities to food unless they suddenly can’t breathe (anaphylactic reaction).