7 Diet Mistakes That Can Trigger Severe Headaches and Migraines

first_imgAlthough the exact cause of migraines is still unknown, experts agree that severe headaches can be provoked by the medicine you take, abrupt changes in your endocrine system, and lack of sleep among other reasons. Your eating habits also affect the way you feel. According to studies, about 10% of people suffer from migraines that are triggered by mistakes in their diet.We have made a list of the most common food products that can provoke migraine attacks.7. Aged cheeseCheese that goes through the aging process may be a migraine trigger for many people as it is high in tyramine. Tyramine comes from the amino acid, tyrosine and is usually formed in foods that are spoiled, pickled, aged, smoked, fermented, or marinated.Aged cheeses include: cheddar, feta, blue, brie, parmesan, gouda, gruyere, Swiss, and muenster.Fresh cheeses don’t include much tyramine and can be safe to eat even if you sometimes have migraine attacks. Fresh cheeses include: farmer, cottage, American, cream, and ricotta cheeses.Mozzarella may or may not be aged, so double-check the label before buying it.6. Citrus fruitsColorful illustration of citrus fruits and glasses full of juice in flat designSour fruits contain a lot of acid that can affect your blood’s pH level and increase your chances of having a migraine headache. Some studies show that about 11% of people with headaches have reported citrus fruits to be their migraine trigger.Besides that, these fruits contain tyramine and histamine that can also affect your health if you are intolerable to them.5. Cold foodsIf you are used to eating ice cream or gulping cold drinks quickly when you are over-heated from physical exercises or hot temperatures, you may get a cold-stimulus headache which usually lasts anywhere from 25-60 seconds to 1-2 minutes.4. GlutenGluten is a protein found in such grains such as wheat, rye, barley and triticale. These grains, as well as products made from them, may trigger migraines in gluten-intolerant people.3. Food additivesAdditional chemicals in foods usually have no nutritional value and can have negative effects on your health. So if you often have headaches, try to stay away from the following additives:Monosodium glutamate (MSG — E621) is a common meat tenderizer and flavor enhancer. This preservative is one of the main ingredients of Asian foods, soy sauce, processed foods, and canned vegetables. It can spark a migraine within 20 minutes of consuming it.Nitrates and nitrites are usually found in processed meats such as hot dogs, sausages, ham, pepperoni, bacon, as well as some heart medicines. When these additives get into your body, your blood vessels start swelling and it may cause a severe headache.Aspartame (APM) and sucralose (E955) are artificial sweeteners that can be found in diet soft drinks, sports drinks, sugar-free products, and even in children’s vitamins. If you are sensitive to these additives, you can get a migraine attack after taking them.Red and yellow food coloring is usually found in candy, ice cream, potato chips, sodas, crackers, jams, cereal bars and many other products. They are made of petroleum, the same ingredient used to make motor oil, which is certainly not good for your health.2. CaffeineExcessive consumption of caffeine may contribute to the onset of a headache. That’s why you should limit your caffeine intake to 200-300 milligrams (2-3 cups of coffee) a day. Note that caffeine can also be found in products like chocolate, cocoa, tea, Coca-Cola, and even some painkillers.1. Alcoholic drinksMost people know that red wine can cause migraines, but studies show that other alcoholic beverages like beer, sparkling wine, and some strong spirits can also make your head pound.There are two types of headaches provoked by alcoholic drinks. The first one is the typical headache that usually starts within a few hours (from 30 minutes to 3 hours). The other type is a delayed alcohol-induced headache (DAIH), or a hangover.How to hold off migrainesYour eating habits also play a great role in the status of your health. If you want to keep migraine attacks under control, try to follow these simple rules:Stay hydrated. Dehydration headaches may occur after extreme sweating or because of diarrhea and/or vomiting. They can appear along with symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, and a fast heart rate. Don’t forget to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to make sure your body is working properly.Don’t skip meals. Instead, you can eat mini meals 5-6 times a day. It will prevent you from getting a headache because you’re hungry.Take vitamins and minerals. Low intake of folic acid, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamins D, B2, B6, and B12 can lead to severe headaches. To maintain a balance of macro and micro-elements in your body, it’s better to buy an additional dietary supplement.Eat more fruits, vegetables, and legumes. They contain natural estrogens that neutralize the negative effects of the estrogen our body makes. It’s particularly helpful for women who suffer from migraines during their periods.Sourcelast_img read more

6 Melanoma Symptoms You Should Tell Your Doctor About ASAP

first_imgThis year in the United States, nearly 100,000 people will be diagnosed with melanoma. If you’re familiar with the condition, you may know that it’s the rarest form of skin cancer. But here’s the thing: it’s also deadliest.“Melanoma tumors can be very small, but as they grow deeper into the skin, they develop the ability to spread to other parts of the body. This is why early detection of melanoma is key to treatment and improved survival,” says Jennifer DeFazio, MD, FAAD, an assistant clinical member at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.Read on to learn more about the disease and familiarize yourself with the early symptoms of melanoma. This way you can see your doctor ASAP for a skin check if any of them ring true.What is melanoma, exactly?“Melanoma arises from the uncontrolled growth of melanocytes, a type of skin cell,” explains Dr. DeFazio. Melanocytes make melanin, a brown pigment that gives skin its color and that causes the skin to tan when exposed to the sun.Naturally, melanoma forms on the skin, most commonly on sun-exposed areas, including the scalp, under the nails, and even in the eyes.Who’s at risk for melanoma?Several things can increase a person’s risk for melanoma. One of the biggest ones is UV light exposure from the sun and tanning beds.“The majority of skin cancers have to do with sun exposure in the past,” says Saira J. George, M.D., a dermatology professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center. So for instance, if you had a blistering sunburn as a child, that could increase your risk. However, it’s possible that bad burns that occur later in life can also lead to skin cancer, Dr. George adds.Other risk factors include:Having a lot of moles or atypical molesA personal or family history of melanomaHaving red hairHaving fair skin or skin that burns easily How to spot potential melanoma“If there is a silver lining about melanoma, unlike cancers you can’t see, a lot of times you can watch for things on your skin and come in and get a mole checked out” and catch it early, Dr. George says.The Skin Care Foundation recommends doing a self-examination once a month. Take the time to look at your skin from head to toe, using mirrors as necessary to check your back and other hard-to-see places. (You can also ask a partner or family member to help you.)To check for melanoma symptoms, look at your moles using the ABCDE method:Asymmetry: Do both halves of the lesion look the same? Melanoma lesions can appear asymmetric, whereas healthy moles are typically symmetrical.Border: Irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined edges may be melanoma. Normal moles have nice, sharp, regular borders.Color: Melanomas tend to be multi-colored—black, brown, red, and/or blue. Healthy moles are typically one color or maybe two, but that color is evenly distributed. This isn’t so for a potentially dangerous mole.Diameter: If a mole is greater than 6 millimeters in diameter (about the size of a pencil eraser), get it checked out. “Nowadays we do see melanomas that are really small and regular moles that are large,” Dr. George says, but typically melanomas are larger.Evolving: “Moles are quiet, they don’t grow or change much, especially later in adulthood,” George says. If you notice a spot that is changing in any way—size, shape, color, borders, texture—or if the spot itches or bleeds, see a doctor.You can also use the Ugly Ducking method to spot potential trouble. “Most people form moles that are similar to one another. So if you have one that doesn’t look like the others, especially if that mole is changing, that’s a red flag,” George says. According to The American Cancer Society, other melanoma symptoms include: a sore that doesn’t heal, redness or a new swelling beyond the border of the mole; itchiness, tenderness; pain near a mole; scaliness, oozing, bleeding, or the appearance of a lump or bump on the surface of a mole.What to do if you spot a suspicious moleIf you see a skin lesion that has any of the ABCDE or Ugly Duckling features or notice any other potential melanoma symptoms, make an appointment with a dermatologist right away. If you don’t have a dermatologist, see your primary care practitioner, who can refer you to a dermatologist.The five-year survival rate for Stage 1 melanoma is higher than 90 percent, according to The American Cancer Society. So start doing self-examinations if you aren’t already. “The more familiar you are with the constellation of your moles, the more you know when something is new or wasn’t there before,” Dr. George says. This way, if you have any suspicions or concerns, you can get it checked out straight away by a doctor.Sourcelast_img read more

New Sailor Moon Musicals Are On The Way

first_img The Best and Most Loved Anime Series of All TimeThe Best Anime On Hulu Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. One of the coolest ways to experience Sailor Moon is by seeing one of the 31 musical productions that have seen over 800 performances since starting their run in 1993. “Sera My,” as they’re called are live performances with elaborate stage design, costuming, and original storylines in addition to those culled from the anime and manga. The most recent musical was Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon: Le Mouvement Final, following 2016’s Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon: Amour Eternal. But now it looks like there are additional shows being planned for the future, proving you can’t keep a good Moon Princess down.The franchise is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and there are three events coming down the line for summer 2019, with Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Super Live and two other as yet unnamed musicals having been revealed, with a new version, supposedly being “revitalized” for next year. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Super Live will feature performer Takahiro as part of the musical, at the Japonism 2018 event taking place in Paris, France.The idol group Nogizaka46 will also be having a special concert where they “transform” into Sailor Soldiers on their own, so it looks like a pretty jam-packed year for Sailor Moon fans. Maybe we’ll get a chance in the States to see another live Sera Myu performance in the future beyond YouTube videos and DVDs this time, especially since we could always have our own talented troupes do one too!There isn’t a lot of information floating around about the upcoming musical projects just yet, but as we enter 2018 proper we’ll likely be hearing all about what the shows will be called, who’s going to star in them, and where they’re going to be held. Stay tuned and we’ll make sure we keep you in the loop faster than you can say “Moon Eternal Power, Make-Up!”center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more