Meat and Nitrates May Cause Migraines – Saturday Strategy


38 million Americans suffer from migraines on a regular basis. Are you one of them?

There are hundreds of migraine-causing culprits and a lot of potential remedies. How frustrating is that! When you feel like your migraine is blazing, the last thing you want to do is try a bajillion different remedies.

So when you’re sitting in a dark room for days and can’t move without the world spinning and your head wanting to explode… what do you do?

Are Your Hot Dogs Giving You Migraines?


There is some brand new research that may have found a clue as to why some people get migraines as well as a simple preventative solution.  

Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that the mouths of migraine sufferers harbor significantly more microbes with the ability to modify nitrates than people who do not get migraine headaches.

What does this mean, exactly?

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Nitrates are compounds found in foods like processed meats and green leafy vegetables. A lot of people who suffer from migraine headaches say that they’ve found a connection between consuming nitrates and severe headaches.

You see, there is a specific bacteria in your mouth that modifies NITRATES into NITRITES. According to this study, people who get migraines have MORE of this bacteria than people who don’t.

This may give us a clue as to why nitrates affect people negatively while not bothering others.

And since the bacteria in your body is connected to a LOT of things… including your immune system, moods, hormones, digestion and cognitive abilities… it’s no wonder that they could play a role in your headaches!

Should You Cut Back The Leafy Greens?


So should you avoid nitrate containing foods?

First you have to understand the different between nitrates in MEAT and nitrates in VEGETABLES… because I have a hard time believing that anyone should be avoiding veggies!

Nitrates In Vegetables


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Nitrates and nitrites are both naturally occurring chemical compounds found in soil, water, plants, etc. About 80% of the nitrates in your diet probably come from leafy greens and vegetables you eat. And that’s a good thing!

Studies have found that these naturally occurring nitrates may actually improve cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance. So keep filling your diet with these fabulous plants!

Nitrates In Processed Meat


Sodium nitrate is a salt that has been used to preserve meat for decades. In the 20th century, scientists discovered that when sodium NITRATE interacts with the bacteria in meat, it turns into sodium NITRITE.

So now, instead of adding natural sodium nitrate to their meats for preservation, manufacturers most often just add a synthetic or fake sodium nitrite.  

The problem with this synthetic nitrate is that when heated above a certain degree, it becomes a possible cause of cancer.

In 2010 the World Health Organization listed ingested nitrates and nitrites as probable human carcinogens.

What This Means For You


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So, do we know for sure that nitrates and nitrites cause migraines? No, further study is definitely needed… BUT a lot of people do notice that when they eat processed meats, they get headaches and migraines.

The simple solution? Avoid processed meats. Opt for fresh or frozen organic pastured meats whenever possible. These are much better for you anyway!

And for those times when a migraine hits and throws you under the bus, here’s a juice recipe to help manage the pain:

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Turmeric Juice Recipe For Migraine Relief
  • 1 bunch celery
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1.5 inch turmeric root
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • 3 large carrots
  • 1-2 cups fresh chopped pineapple
  1. Wash produce then feed through your juicer. Drink immediately.

No juicer? NO PROBLEM! You can also take turmeric, one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories on the planet, in supplement form. We’ve created Daily Turmeric Boost for people like you who need the benefits of turmeric without the hassle of buying and juicing it fresh. Try it today!

What other solutions have you found to your migraines? Share them below so we can all learn!

Remember, we’re in this together.


Drew Canole

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Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.

As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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