Not sure why your head’s pounding? It could be what you’re eating and drinking, says Deborah Friedman, MD, a neurologist at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Keep a food diary to see if there’s a pattern, and watch out for these common culinary culprits.
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Aged foods and drinks
Aged cheese, dried fruit, and cured meats contain tyramine, which may force blood vessels to constrict and then expand, potentially causing pain.
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Experts aren’t sure why, but the artificial sweetener can bring on headaches. If you’re sensitive to it, check the ingredient list of diet sodas and juices.
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MSG, a flavor enhancer used in some packaged and takeout foods, may cause vascular changes that trigger pain. Look for labels that say "No MSG."
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Many wines and beers contain tyramine as well as sulfites and nitrates, preservatives that can contribute to headaches.
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