A migraine headache can stop your day in its tracks. Worse yet, medications offer little or no
help. If you’re prone to migraines, here’s some information that may help you.
Although the causes of migraines may range among individuals, the main underlying cause often has to do with your diet. Changing the foods you choose to eat and adding in a few medicinal foods, like natural vitamins and minerals, spices, or other inexpensive remedies could make all the difference. These things can trigger to body to produce its own soothing results and promote overall well-being.
If you’ve been eating fast foods, processed foods or store-bought packaged foods, then that might be the cause of your migraines. It’s worth investigating.
For at least a week, commit to eating only natural, whole foods like fresh, organic fruits, vegetables and meats to help your body produce certain chemicals that help ease pain. By doing so, you’ll also be eliminating a potentially huge number of artificial chemicals that are typically added to “junk” food (i.e.; the Standard American Diet).
Also, eating several rather small meals throughout the day will help to stabilize your blood sugar and protect you against the rapid rise and fall of glucose that can cause a migraine headache and eventually lead to diabetes.
On top of this, drink fresh, well-filtered water to keep yourself hydrated. Research has shown that lack of proper hydration is a significant cause of migraines. As a rule of thumb, try to consume a half-ounce of water per pound of body weight. For instance, if you weigh 150 pounds, shoot for 75 ounces of water per day, or just over a gallon.
Vitamins and Minerals
· Calcium: Most calcium supplements are the wrong kind of calcium. The best source of calcium is dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds and sea vegetables (always fresh!). This kind of calcium is most useable by the body, is mentally and physically soothing and helps promote calmness and more restful sleep.
· Magnesium: Almost no one gets enough of it anymore. Magnesium helps stabilize blood vessels and is necessary for proper muscle function. Skip the supplements here: get your magnesium from leafy green vegetables like kale, broccoli, spinach and chard; fresh garlic; fruits like bananas, melon or cantaloupe; dark molasses; or raw, unsalted nuts.
· Omega-3 fatty acids: Most of the fatty acids from prepared foods are of the Omega-6 variety. While you need some of that, the Omega-3s are more important. They help reduce inflammation and open the capillaries in your head. Both of these will help prevent migraines. Good sources of Omega-3 fatty acid are avocados, natural olive oil, fatty fish, and flax seed.
· Tryptophan: Remember how you feel after a huge Thanksgiving dinner? Full and sleepy, right? Turkey is high in the amino acid tryptophan, which stimulates the brain to produce serotonin. Low levels of serotonin are linked to migraine headaches, depression and sleeplessness. Other natural sources of tryptophan include raw almonds and walnuts, raw pumpkin and sesame seeds, organic brown rice and black-eyed peas.
· Vitamin B-2 is also best found in natural foods. Also known as riboflavin, it’s prevalent in green vegetables, free-range organic eggs, raw almonds, raw milk, and organ meats (like liver).
Herbs and Home Remedies
Most households use black pepper in the kitchen. Switch to cayenne pepper instead. The capsaicin in cayenne pepper is a natural pain reliever. Add it to everything you cook (just a little bit) or dissolve a small amount in hot water and drink.
Fresh ginger has a number of significant health properties. In addition to targeting and killing cancer cells, it can also reduce symptoms of nausea that can accompany a migraine. Try steeping some fresh ginger in hot water and drink as a tea.
If a migraine has already struck, try chewing a fresh peppermint leaf to soothe the feeling of nausea. It will also help improve your mood. Alternately, you can make a tea by adding peppermint leaves to some hot water.
If your local health food store carries homeopathic remedies, look for one called Nux vomica. In addition to cleansing the liver, nux vomica is one of the best remedies for migraines. It can also reduce irritability, body aches and nausea.
Keep a Food Journal
Pick out a small journal book and keep daily notes on what you eat. An hour or so after a meal, make another note on how you feel at that moment. Especially make a note if you experience a migraine.
After a couple of weeks, you may begin to notice direct correlations between the food you choose to eat, your emotional states, and your physical well-being. This will help you tremendously to identify problem foods and to make a plan for how to eat better and feel better.