The Most Common Migraine Triggers
Being aware of what things may trigger a migraine is half the battle and dealing with migraine headaches. Since stress is the number one trigger of migraines for many, massage therapy is a great way to help manage migraines. The following lists also states that physical exercise could possibly trigger a migraine. However, for some individuals exercise actually helps relieve migraine symptoms. I guess the most important thing is to listen to your own body and to to keep your own list of possible triggers.
Interesting fact: Migraines are three times more common in women than men.
These are some of the most common triggers of migraines with STRESS being the #1 trigger.
Bright light or reflective sunlight
Smoking including secondhand smoke
Change in sleeping habits
Menstrual cycle or hormonal changes
Changes in weather or climate
Changes in altitude or time zones
Fasting or skipping meals
Excessive caffeine consumption
Here are some other possible migraine triggers to be aware of:
Depression, anxiety, or other strong emotions
Red wine or port wine
MSG (in many packaged food products)
Nitrates/nitrites (i.e., hot dogs, deli meats, bacon)
Tyramine (an amino acid found in aged cheese, yeast, and pickled or marinated foods)
Birth control or hormone therapy
Overuse of pain medication
Odors from perfume, pain, dust, and flowers