What are Migraines?
A migraine is a throbbing, intense headache. Painful and sometimes disabling, they are also sometimes accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light, noise or smell.
Migraines tend to recur, typically lasting 4 to 24 hours and sometimes longer. During a migraine attack changes to chemicals and blood vessels in the brain are thought to be the cause of the pain.
Typical migraine symptoms include:
Intense, throbbing headache, often combined with:
- Sensitivity to light, noise or smells
- Blurred vision or auras (floating/moving lights moving across line of vision)
Causes of Migraines
If you are experiencing severe headaches or migraines you should visit your GP to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
If you are continuing to experience migraine symptoms, it might be a good opportunity to take a closer look at your diet.
As individuals, our reactions to foods and drinks we consume varies a great deal. An ingredient which may cause problems for one person could be completely acceptable for another. At YorkTest, we like to refer to this as our personal ‘food fingerprint’.
Clinical studies show that identifying and eliminating trigger foods can reduce the severity and, or, frequency of headaches or even stop them completely. For those with migraine, discovering and understanding your own personal food and drink intolerances, and the effects they have on your health and wellbeing is important to ensure you make the best possible choices to optimise your diet and quality of life.
The Results Speak for Themselves
The University of York conducted a survey* to understand the benefits of elimination diets based on the results of a food intolerance test.
Out of the 259 who reported experiencing migraine, 76% reported an improvement having removed their ‘trigger’ foods. We define these as foods which show a positive IgG reaction to antibodies in the blood.
Overall in the study, 76% of people who rigorously followed the recommended diet reported a benefit, 68% of which experienced this after 3 weeks.
|Main Condition Reported
||% of people who reported a benefit
e.g. Fatigue, Lethargy
e.g. IBS, Bloating etc
e.g. Asthma, Sinusitis, Rhinitis
e.g. Migraine, Headaches, ME
e.g. Eczema, Acne, Psoriasis
e.g. Arhtritis, Joint Aches & Pains
e.g. Depression, Anxiety
Information provided above regarding Food Intolerance (defined by YorkTest as a food specific IgG reaction) is intended to provide nutritional advice for dietary optimisation. YorkTest do not claim to treat or cure the aforementioned symptoms and recommend that you discuss any medical concerns you have with a GP before undertaking a YorkTest programme.
*Survey carried out with a total of 5286 people who had taken the YorkTest – or to give it its scientific name - a food-specific IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) blood test.