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Your 7-Step Plan for Curing Headaches and Migraines

Whatever your pain type (chronic or occasional, mild or severe, a tension headache or knock-you-out-of-commission migraine) we have the cure.

By Jeannette Moninger

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Step 3: Watch Your Diet for Potential Triggers

Though certain foods like aged cheese or cured meats are often linked to migraines, experts say food is rarely the sole culprit. "Often, foods are triggers only when they are combined with other things: You're worried about layoffs at work, your parents keep asking when you're going to come visit, and your sick kid kept you up all night. You then had a hot dog at lunch, and now your head's killing you," says Dr. Halpern. Still, limit your consumption of potential offenders like caffeinated or artificially sweetened beverages, citrus fruits, sourdough breads, and foods high in additives, including those containing monosodium glutamate. You should also stick to a low-fat diet. Research suggests that cutting back on dietary fat significantly reduces the number and severity of migraines.

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