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Are you tired of dealing with headaches, you need to read this.

Whether the pain is sharp and stabbing or dull and achy, a headache can be terribly painful. And you’re not alone in your discomfort; about 45 million Americans complain of headaches every year.

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From chronic migraines to tension or cluster headaches, headache pain can range from annoying to excruciating. The ailment can cause you to miss work, skip social gatherings, lose sleep, and lose your appetite, and can generally ruin your day.

Many people take over-the-counter or prescription medicines to quell the pain; others try to avoid headache-inducing situations like bright lights. Still another option is to try to prevent the headaches through a healthy diet.

That means avoiding processed foods and eating clean.

“Eat real all-natural foods,” says Carina Sohaili , founder of Vibrant Healthy Life and a board-certified nutrition and health counselor. “Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins.”

Registered nurse and Certified Holistic Health Coach Sue Eull encourages people with headaches to address the “root cause” of a headache instead of taking pills to relieve symptoms.

She says that most people “don’t fully understand how diet and lifestyle play an important role in their physical well-being.” She adds. “Once they gain a full understanding of the connection between the two, their health and well-being improve.”

Many headaches are triggered by ingredients in common foods, especially tyramine and phenylethylamine, two amino acids that “have been linked to headaches, and levels of these compounds increase when foods are aged, fermented, stored for long periods of time, or when foods are not fresh,” says Carrington Farms Health and Nutrition Consultant Deborah Orlick Levy, MS and Registered Dietician.

Not sure if you have a food-related headache trigger? Get checked for food allergies; you can test some yourself by limiting your consumption of certain foods and documenting your body’s reactions.

Lori Langer , RD, MEd, Certified LEAP Therapist, and Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, won her battle with headaches after she found out she has food sensitivities. She counsels other headache patients and knows that every person’s situation is different.

“This is definitely not a one-size-fits-all issue and our trigger foods are as diverse as our genetic make-ups,” she says, noting that “44 different foods and chemicals” triggered her headaches and migraines.

“There is no safe set of foods for all,” says Langer. “That’s a very common myth.

The best place to start is to consume only single-ingredient unprocessed foods and beverages. Keep a food diary and include symptoms.”

Check out our list of 11 foods that may be giving you a headache, and let us know which foods trigger your headaches.

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Black Bean Salsa

Looking for a flavorful nutritious dish for your next summertime gathering?


This Black Bean Salsa recipe is always a hit! It is very versatile and appeals to all generations. It can be served with organic corn chips (always non-GMO) and your favorite refreshing beverage. Or, choose to serve it on a bed of greens topped with avocados or fresh guacamole. You may also choose to serve it in a tortilla or in hard shell tacos topped off with fresh chopped organic spinach. (We use chopped spinach as a dairy free option as it offers a buttery smooth texture to many dishes.) Plus, we always advocate getting more greens in your diet.


3 15 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups frozen organic corn kernels, thawed
2 cups fresh tomatoes
3/4 cup sliced scallions
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 fresh mango, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)



1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 fresh squeezed lime juice
2 tsp. Sea or Himalayan salt
1 heaping tsp. cumin


Cilantro sprigs
Lime slices

FOR THE BEANS, combine the beans, corn, tomatoes, scallions, cilantro, chopped mango, and jalapeno pepper (optional) in a bowl and mix well.


A handy kitchen tool for slicing mangos is a mango slicer (pictured above). We struggled with trying to figure out how to effectively slice a mango before discovering this handy tool. If you would like to buy one it can be purchased at your local kitchen supply store.

Black beans are a nutrient dense food and are a good source for health promoting soluble fiber.

FOR THE VINAIGRETTE, whisk together the extra virgin olive oil, lime juice, salt, and cumin in a small bowl.


Extra Virgin Olive Oil is derived from the first pressing of the olives and has the most delicate flavor and strongest overall health benefits. Look for first cold pressed organic olive oil at your local grocery store.

Another useful kitchen tool is a hand juice presser (pictured above). It's great for many types of citrus fruits.

TO ASSEMBLE, pour the vinaigrette over the bean mixture and toss to combine. Garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs and lime slices. Delicious served at room temperature or chilled.



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