Surprisingly, research has shown that more than three- quarters of sufferers are able to identify such triggers. Red wine, chocolate, and cheese top the list for many. Perfume and smoked meats are also big triggers. Many find that bright fluorescent lights, the sun, TV glare , or computer screens can induce migraines. Stress is of course a big culprit in many diseases, but migraines are often brought on by tension and stress.
Keeping track of when and how the migraines occur and how it is connected to what you eat , beverages, stresses and sleep patterns often help identify triggers. Women should note their menstrual cycle as well. For food and fragrance triggers, simply avoid the things that seem to offend. Food additives with MSG, nitrates, and sulfates prompt many attacks.She discovered that eliminating some foods and drinks such as, wine, pizza and smoked meats significantly reduced her migraines. Biofeedback helped with the stress relief as well and regular massage reduced attacks . After 6mos. this person was headache free and 20 pounds lighter due to the change in diet .
( Portions of the Article above found in Consumer Reports Health Issue)