Vestibular Migraine is a cluster of symptoms that can include dizziness, nausea and motion sensitivity with or without an accompanying headache. But like migraine headaches, certain foods, beverages and food additives can trigger Vestibular Migraine symptoms.
The most common migraine triggers are the food additive MSG (monosodium glutamate) and barrel-aged alcoholic beverages such as red wine, port, sherry, scotch and bourbon. However, many people report a wide range of other foods triggering migraines such as aged cheeses, chocolate, citrus fruits, avocados, onions, yeast breads and processed meats.
If you suffer from Vestibular Migraine symptoms you may find relief simply by determining if you have a food trigger. Avoiding certain foods helps 25-30% of all people who experience them. If you suffer from migraines, consider keeping a diary of what you are eating and drinking to determine which foods are frequently associated with your migraine symptoms. If keeping a diary is too much trouble for you consider avoiding processed foods, whether they are from the supermarket or served in a restaurant. Focus on cooking your own meals with fresh, individual ingredients and avoid the prepared meals and dishes commonly found among frozen and pre-packaged foods. And stay away from fast food and casual restaurants unless you are confident that they are preparing their dishes from fresh, unprocessed ingredients.
For more help with your migraine symptoms, request an appointment with Dr. Hegarty.