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Can a better diet help headaches?Posted at 12:02PM, 25 January 2013 by Roxanne Fisher - Writer/Sub-editor, bbcgoodfood.com
Around 10 million people in the UK suffer from some sort of headache. Symptoms range from a dull ache to debilitating migraine. For one of my clients, a working mum, it had been a long-standing problem. Her GP diagnosed 'tension headaches', and she was keen to find an alternative to over-the-counter painkillers.
She skipped breakfast to squeeze in the school run, and grabbed snacks rather than eating at set times. Her diet lacked magnesium (low levels of this mineral are associated with tension headaches) and she often didn't sleep well.
My advice to the client was:
Setting her alarm 10 minutes earlier gave my client time to have breakfast; she then started to build in the other changes. Within three months she reported fewer headaches with less severe symptoms.
Baked dippy eggs
Oven-baked Thai chicken rice
Wholewheat pasta with broccoli & almonds
Chicken & vegetable stew with wholemeal couscous
Open sandwiches - smoked salmon & avocado on rye
Dietary advice is never a substitute for a professional medical diagnosis so always visit your GP or medical practitioner to rule out any medical condition before attempting to manage symptoms via diet.
Do you suffer from headaches or have you made any dietary changes that have helped ease symptoms? Let us know below.