Cluster headaches or histamine headache is a headache that occurs on one side of the head and sometimes involve the eye tear and a stuffy nose. Cluster headaches occur in clusters around the same time every day for several days or months and then disappear as suddenly as they began. There is no known cause of histamine headache but there are certain foods you should eat as well as avoid to prevent outbreak
Foods High in Magnesium
If you suffer from cluster headaches you may magnesium level is too low; intravenous magnesium supplementation has been used to treat cluster headaches. You must incorporate more magnesium in your regular diet. Foods high in magnesium content are green vegetables Brazil nuts tofu legumes soybeans flour basil poppy seed marjoram cumin seeds salt fennel seed dill weed seaweed shredded wheat bran cereals oatmeal baked potatoes bananas spinach beet greens oat flour whole wheat flour peanuts pine nuts squash seeds blackstrap molasses and pumpkin.
Integrating foods with high magnesium content can help to prevent the onset of cluster headaches because it helps to smooth muscles and relax them. Adult males require 270-400 mg of magnesium daily. For women the recommended daily dose of magnesium 280-300 mg daily. Pregnant need 320 mg daily and breastfeeding women should get 335-340 mg daily.
Foods that contain nitrates may trigger cluster headaches. Nitrates are found in processed meats and smoked meat and sometimes nitrates added to specific medications like nitroglycerin. If you take nitroglycerin you should talk with your doctor about changing the medication but do not stop taking prescribed medication without being instructed to do so by a medical professional. Avoid smoked and processed meats may help reduce cluster headache triggers as well.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco
Alcohol consumption is not recommended for those who suffer from cluster headaches. Alcohol causes blood vessels to dilate but nicotine causes blood vessels to tighten both actions contribute to cluster headache onset. Cluster headaches can be triggered in as many as 50 percent of the people who use alcohol and experience cluster headaches. Although only half a glass of wine or a couple of sips of beer may be responsible for cluster headaches debut so it’s best to just avoid alcohol.
Avoid Excessive Caffeinated drinks and food
Excessive caffeine intake is associated with cluster headache onset. Caffeine constricts blood vessels and increases the pressure in the head which later can trigger a cluster headache. Avoid coffee tea and colas recommended. You should also limit your intake of chocolate and other caffeinated foods to prevent cluster headaches or to reduce cluster headache symptoms.