When it comes to preventing headaches, what you put in your body matters. Think of your body like a car. If you put sugar in your vehicle's gas tank, it's not going to run properly. The same goes for your body, and some of your favorite things are akin to putting sugar in the gas tank. Yep, common foods and drinks can trigger a headache. But some other foods and drinks can help soothe a headache. The trick is knowing the difference.
Dr. Susan Hutchinson, a migraineur and director of the Orange County Migraine & Headache Center in Irvine, Calif., tells Bustle that while too much caffeine can cause a headache, moderate caffeine consumption at the onset of a headache can help stop it from getting worse. In addition, she says food additives and preservatives, such as MSG and artificial sweeteners, can induce a headache. So that sugar-free soda might be doing you more harm than good.
Everyone's body is different. This means that what causes a headache in one person won't necessarily cause a headache in another. The Cleveland Clinic reported that although there isn't sound science to back up self-reported claims, there are foods that are commonly cited as headache triggers by people who get headaches on the regular. The list is long, and you can see every potential food trigger on the Cleveland Clinic's website. If you just want the quick and dirty version, here's what to know about the most common foods and drinks that can cause and soothe headaches.