Migraines are not only painful and annoying, they are also a serious disruptive factor, especially when they start interfering with your daily life. Days off from work, postponed movie evenings and missed dinners with friends can be the result. And with this type of headache you are not alone – approximately 23 million Americans suffer from it.
What is it?
There are two different types of migraines, which can be the reason for your throbbing, intense pain. The “classic” migraine is very strong and comes along with the so called “aura”, which includes “neurological disturbances, such as blind spots, flashing lights, and tingling or numbness in the limbs”. This form is more intense than the “common” migraine.
What causes it?
Did you know that 75 percent of migraine sufferers are female? Most likely hormonal issues and menstruation cause it. An abnormality of the body´s regulation of hormones causes an imbalance, which in turn leads to migraine. A depression of the pineal gland leads to reduced levels of the hormones serotonin and melatonin during migraine headaches, as studies reveal. This low serotonin level is responsible for the widening of blood vessels and thus causing the headache. Mineral deficiencies, a low progesterone level and a fatigued thyroid and adrenals are characteristic for people suffering from migraines.
What can you do food wise?
And now the actual interesting facts. A healthy diet may help you with your migraine issues. Certain foods are likely to cause migraines and headaches. So try to stay away from sugar, aspartame, MSG, processed foods and wheat or gluten if allergic to it. The best advice is to consume all natural foods, as they help ease pain and inflammation. The enzyme bromelain contained in pineapple for example acts as a natural pain reliever. Cucumber has electrolytes and is hydrating, refilling the body's essential nutrients. Try this nice recipe seen on www.nutriliving.com, that combines greens, celery and essential fruit to fuel your body with what it needs during migraine periods. It will not only restore your body, but may also relieve you from your pain. Just put all the ingredients into a blender, blast for about half a minute and enjoy. Here is the simple recipe!
Migraine Relief Blast Shake
Your lifestyle matters
Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night, because poor sleeping patterns may disturb not only your blood sugar, but also cause hormonal changes resulting in migraine. Some women´s bodies also do not tolerate their birth control and some women experience hormone changes during perimenopause or cyclical changes, which may also cause migraine. Stress in any form, whether of physical or emotional nature may also be a trigger. Most of the people suffering from migraine are considered to be perfectionists, having problems to hand work to others and to relax once in a while. Try to do some meditation to calm your nerves, when you are stressed out.
And of course alcohol and drug use, of both medicinal and hallucinogenic nature, cause a release of hormones and blood sugar to rise, resulting in migraine as well.
What to eat & to avoid in short
- Skip sugar (go for stevia and monk fruit extract instead)
- Eat healthy grains such as quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat (they will boost serotonin)
- Eat kelp, dulse or arame or consider a supplement (they are rich in minerals and regulate your thyroid)
- Give fermented foods a try (they help your digestion, are rich in minerals and help your thyroid and adrenals)
- Progesterone cream - Progesterone has the ability to calm neurons. Start applying it 3-4 days before your period starts, on a daily basis.
- Take magnesium - The nutrient acts nerve-calming and thus may prevent headaches.
- Eat many small meals - Eating small portions every 2.5-3 hours will keep your blood sugar stable. Also eat adequate protein to stay satisfied.
- Lavender oil - This natural oil is helpful in treating headaches and migraines.
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