How to Break the Daily Migraine Cycle Naturally
Pain relievers and prescription drugs can make migraines worse. They’re a temporary solution to a long-term problem, and users often experience negative side effects.
Natural migraine solutions are a better alternative. They come with fewer side-effects, and they often boost your overall health. Such remedies require you to know your body. Use your intuition and patience to develop a lifestyle that stops daily migraines before they occur.
Everybody has different food triggers. Caffeine, corn, soy, dairy, and gluten are common culprits. Keep a food diary and go through the elimination diet to discover your food triggers.
However, you can’t just understand your specific triggers. This isn’t enough to break the cycle. You need to look at the big picture of your diet. Zoom out and eat for maximum health. In other words, eat whole foods with lean protein and fruits and vegetables. Apples, celery, ginger, and coconut water are great foods to add to your diet. Avoid processed, sugar-filled food. Some migraineurs have had success with the ketogenic diet, although it isn’t for everybody.
Finally, eat the right amount for you. Eating too much or too little puts your body under stress, hurting your metabolism, blood sugar, and hormone production.
Humans have used supplements — including herbs, vitamins, enzymes, and minerals — throughout history. They’re more than just wives’ tales. Supplements give your body what it lacks. Many supplements support healthy hormone levels and relieve inflammation. When buying supplements, make sure you purchase pure supplements with no additives. Here are a few common supplements migraineurs should consider taking regularly:
- Magnesium relaxes the body. Without the correct amount of magnesium, you may have cramps, twitches, chronic fatigue, IBS, obesity, and of course migraines. Consider taking magnesium capsules and adding magnesium-rich food to your diet.
- Zinc has been shown to reduce the intensity of migraines. Known for its ability to boost the immune system, zinc is necessary for your health. Unfortunately, stress, poor diets, and more can cause zinc deficiency.
- Turmeric reduces inflammation, helps your body produce serotonin, and protects your body from the side effects of painkillers. Luckily, turmeric is a tasty spice to use when cooking. Some people also choose to take turmeric capsules.
- A vitamin B deficiency might be contributing to your migraines. Vitamins B6, B12, and folic acid can reduce the frequency and intensity of migraines.
Continue researching other supplements that could benefit you. Our diets and stressful schedules contribute to many deficiencies.
On average, you should be getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Having children, a busy schedule, pain, or a sleep disorder can make hitting those hours feel impossible.
Here are a few tips for better sleep:
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Turn off all screens an hour before bed.
- Make your bedroom your sanctuary — a place for rest, not laundry.
- Keep your room dark and cool.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol, especially in the afternoon and evening.
- Don’t snack before bed.
Read more about sleep deprivation and migraines here.
Exercise regularly with caution.
Regular exercise releases endorphins, helps you sleep better, and boosts the immune system. Exercise also reduces stress and improves blood flow to the brain. Most migraineurs should try implementing an exercise routine that suits their lifestyle and fitness ability. Yoga, Pilates, and walking are excellent options. Some people find that exercise causes migraines. Use your discretion with this, and follow these guidelines:
- Drink water before and after you exercise. Eat a healthy snack after exercising to stabilize your blood sugar.
- Warm up and cool down to prevent your blood pressure from changing too quickly or too drastically.
- Listen to your body. Don’t push yourself too hard, especially at first. Advance to more challenging exercise when you are confident.
Consistent pain, nausea, and other symptoms warrant careful attention. Over time, natural remedies can help alleviate your migraines by improving your overall health. Natural remedies require patience and commitment, but your well-being is worth the effort.