A New Alternative For Migraine Relief?
Why Do I Get Migraines?
Migraines come and go when life gets busy and stressful, however they are usually overlooked and masked with a painkiller. When you get a migraine, it is your body’s way of telling you something is missing. Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep, or you’re dehydrated and need more water, maybe change the way you eat. You could also have a vitamin or mineral deficiency or a food sensitivity that is building up inflammation and tension.
Are you tired of feeling these symptoms…
- Intense throbbing or dull aching pain on one side of your head or both sides
- Pain that worsens with physical activity
- Nausea or vomiting
- Changes in how you see, including blurred vision or blind spots
- Being bothered by light, noise or odors
- Feeling tired and/or confused
- Stopped-up nose
- Feeling cold or sweaty
- Tender scalp
Everyone is different when it comes to the onset of a migraine. What triggered it?
Just like identifying a food that upsets your stomach, it may be beneficial to keep a daily journal or log of events that occurred prior to the migraine. This will help you pinpoint why got that migraine in the middle of the day.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What makes my migraine worse or better?
- Did the attack occur after exposure to loud noise?
- Have I been looking at my computer for too long, exposing my eyes to the bright light of the screen?
- Have I been in the sun too long exposing my eyes to direct sunlight?
- Am I suffering from caffeine withdrawals that trigger a migraine?
- Are symptoms worse when I haven’t slept a full 8 hours?
- Are my symptoms worse with weather changes?
I’ve identified my triggers, but how can I get rid of my migraine naturally?
Finding the root cause of your migraines is the first step. Once you have done that you will be able to remove these scenarios and decrease your chances of an attack. Additionally, many times migraines are food related. Identifying foods that you are sensitive to (through testing) and removing all inflammatory foods can help immensely. Adopting a healthy lifestyle around low-inflammatory foods and moderate exercise can be the best way to avoid migraines.
Avoid these foods that Make Migraines Worse:
- Added sugar
- Refined grain products
- Conventional dairy products
- Aged cheese
- Pickled or cured fish
- Breads made with gluten and yeast
- Red wine and other types of alcohol
- Caffeinated drinks
- Artificial food additives and sweeteners, including aspartame
- High amounts of sodium
- Very cold foods
- Nitrates found in processed meats (e.g., hot dogs, cold cuts, salami, bacon, ham)
- Fried foods, especially those made with MSG
Add the following foods to your diet to help decrease chances of a migraine or lessen the symptoms:
- Organic fresh fruits and vegetables – broccoli, squash, leafy greens
- Magnesium rich foods – beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, meats, coffee
- Clean, lean protein foods – meats are a good source of both magnesium and B vitamins.
- B-Complex vitamins – a deficiency of B vitamins can cause energy slumps, unhealthy blood cell and adrenal effects, foggy thinking and headache symptoms.
Other dietary habits that may help reduce the symptoms of a migraine include :
- Avoid skipping meals
- Avoid extreme dieting
- Avoid drinking too much caffeine
- Preventing dehydration and staying hydrated
- Eat every few hours to maintain normal blood sugar levels
Peppermint & Lavender essential oils – these both have calming and numbing effects that make them perfect for relieving headaches (try mixing a few drops with you lotion or even coconut oil to dilute the oil. Rub on temples and base of neck)
Migraines are extremely painful and can interfere with everyday life which sometimes means missing special moments with your family. Migraines can be caused from inflammation, high amounts of stress, nutrient deficiencies, nerve damage, hormonal changes among many other triggers.
If you have been researching how to get rid of a migraine naturally, try managing stress, switching up your diet, getting plenty of sleep, avoiding your triggers, and utilizing essential oils to lessen the pain.