Migraines are more than just a bad headache. How they come and go has puzzled doctors and scientists alike. Believe it or not, migraines happen to be one of the most misdiagnosed and least understood health issues. Additionally, there are no official migraine tests. While we have a mild understanding of the complexity of migraines, there is still tons we don’t know. What we do know is migraines are a neurological disorder similar to epilepsy. Common known triggers include food, weather, environmental changes, dehydration, sleep disruptions, and chemicals.
While food intolerances are major migraine triggers, they are not the only trigger. Figuring out what triggers your migraines is a good first step to preventing a migraine from occurring and continuing.
Preventing Migraine Triggers
A migraine can be triggered in a number of ways. Simple circumstances like dehydration and sleep disorders are common migraine triggers. Migraineurs should always focus on their water intake and how much sleep they are getting to avoid their triggers. Also, having a properly balanced diet never hurt anyone.
Headache pain is commonly associated with dehydration. To ensure your body is getting enough water, constantly consume small amounts of it throughout the day rather than drinking heavy amounts during meals. Drinking large amounts while eating reduces your stomach acidity levels and can make it more difficult for your body to properly digest food.
Another great way to take care of your body, and prevent migraines from recurring, is to get a full night’s sleep. Allowing your body and mind to rest for a full night can work wonders. If you have found it difficult to fall asleep due to interruptions in the night or because of a sleeping disorder, then you should try to alter your sleeping environment or seek treatment. Finding a way to relax can be difficult, especially when in pain. However, if you ever want to be migraine-free, then proper sleep is non-negotiable.
Its possible food intolerance might not be your migraine trigger. You should still strive to eat healthy regardless. Eating large amounts of fresh food can make you feel good. Not to mention, it can also help you maintain a healthy weight. Eating well can benefit you in so many ways, such as:
-Promoting your well-being
-Helping to prevent migraines
Many migraineurs often try to use regular medications to handle their headaches. While medication can do the trick, it will not solve your migraine problems for good. For chronic migraineurs, many medications don’t even work. Have no fear, there are still many natural migraine treatments that can make a difference.
Natural dietary supplements can help you with your pain, nausea, dizziness, and oh so many more migraine symptoms. These supplements are derived from natural everyday sources like plants, flowers, and berries. Natural supplements include:
-Herbs (turmeric, passionflower, skullcap, etc.)
-Minerals (magnesium, calcium, potassium, etc.)
-Vitamins (B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin C, etc.)
-Amino acids (5HTP, Omega-3, methionine, etc.)
One of the most recommended supplements for migraineurs is magnesium. In fact, most migraineurs suffer from a magnesium deficiency. Remember to do your research on magnesium supplements, and eat food with higher magnesium, such as:
-Almonds (as well as other nuts and seeds)
-Fatty fish (salmon and halibut)
I personally recommend my patients try magnesium glycinate, chelate, or citrate. These forms of magnesium are highly buffered and easier to digest.
Effectively Dealing with Migraines
When it feels like you are under attack by your own head, you will want to find quick fixes to help alleviate symptoms. While these quick fixes can sometimes help you deal with a migraine in the moment, you must still think about the long run. Help yourself by staying persistent in finding ways to help your migraines. As a tip, you need to find what treatment works specifically for you. Not every form of treatment works the same for everyone. Always try to drink plenty of water, take natural supplements, and get a full night’s sleep without interruption. As always, you must be ready to go the extra mile to help yourself.