Food and Diets: A Nutritionist’s Take On How They Affect Migraine

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Key Questions
  • Which foods are well-established migraine triggers?
  • Why do many research publications get food triggers wrong?
  • How much attention should we pay to food triggers?
  • Why can it be counterproductive to try to identify our food triggers?
  • How accurately do people with migraine identify their food triggers?
  • Is it worthwhile to purchase a kit to test for our food sensitivities?
  • Why don’t we know a lot about food sensitivities?
  • What has recent research revealed about omega-3 and omega-6 fats and migraine?
  • Which foods are high in omega-3 fats, and which foods are high in omega-6 fats?
  • Should we take omega-3 supplements?
  • Is there any evidence that taking probiotics helps migraine?
  • How important is gut health for a healthy brain?
  • Is there good evidence that a ketogenic diet helps with migraine?
  • Does dietary gluten contribute to migraine?
  • Should we avoid dairy products?
  • Does a vegan diet help with migraine?
  • Would an intermittent fasting diet help with migraine?
  • What should we do if we have both IBS and migraine?
  • How long do we need to follow a new diet to see whether it helps with migraine?
Interview Notes

Find more about Margaret Slavin, PhD, RDN and her work here:

Treatments Mentioned
  • Balancing dietary omega-3 and omega-6 fats
  • Behavioral practices
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Fish oil supplements
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Probiotics

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Margaret Slavin, PhD, RDN

Associate Professor of Nutrition & Food Studies
George Mason University

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