Headache and migraine sufferers can agree that if they could find a cure for their ailment they would take it.
Well, in truth, the cure often lies within your lifestyle. Many possess the ability to eliminate migraine pain by following these simple recommendations.
Artificial Sweeteners: The Bitter Truth
The body is an interesting mechanism. While it will consume and process whatever you choose to fuel it with, the end result is not always optimal. This is particularly true of artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame and high fructose corn syrup. These artificial substances send mixed signals to the brain, telling it that sugar is present, but not allowing the body to process it.
This miscommunication is a very common trigger of migraines. Food preservatives also have the same effect on the body and are often an underlying migraine trigger. Eliminating artificial sweeteners and processed foods, in addition to foods known to contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) and other artificial flavorings, can significantly reduce your migraine frequency and intensity.
Water is the essential element of life, and it is also a crucial factor in migraine relief. Several studies have shown that migraine sufferers are more prone to the symptoms of dehydration than people who do not experience migraines. Researchers found that by simply adding 500 mls (about 17 oz) of extra water to a patient’s daily intake there was a significant decrease in the frequency and severity of their headaches.
Also, it is important to understand that we are talking about real water—not energy drinks, not water with additives, and not sports drinks. Just. Water. If you really need some flavor to get the water down, try adding some fresh fruit to your water, like lime, lemon or sliced fresh strawberries. Be aware, migraineurs sometimes have bad reactions to citrus. So if you know you are sensitive, and suffer from a histamine reaction, use apple and pear to flavor your water instead.
Paleo—Pain No More
The Paleo diet is ideal for anyone suffering from chronic severe headaches and migraines. Why? Because it is all about eating real food and hydrating. The Paleo diet supports eating foods baked, steam
ed, or grilled. The diet is based around eliminating dairy, sugar and grain.
Instead, you will consume protein, as seen in lean meats, with multiple servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day. While some seasonings are allowed in the diet, processed, prepackaged condiments are not. The increased vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, protein, and water will help to balance your body’s natural processing systems.
In addition to balancing your needed nutrients, this diet has a natural anti-inflammatory effect and a natural healing effect on the cardiovascular system, resulting in lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, given enough time. Generally speaking, most people see huge pain reductions as well as major weight loss benefits with Paleo after only 12 weeks.
Is Your Doctor Treating Symptoms or Causes?
Sometimes nagging, never-ending headaches can be a symptom of another condition that has gone otherwise undetected. Often, people continuously treat a symptom and completely miss the actual cause until their condition has reached a nearly extreme point. This type of underlying illness is frequently seen in people suffering from hypothyroidism and/or adrenal exhaustion. Both conditions have symptoms that manifest as frequent headaches and migraines, poor circulation, severe lethargy, numbness/tingling and brain fog. While both conditions can be tested for, they are both often missed by an MD who orders the “follow the herd” generalized bloodwork. Unless you are seeing a doctor that has a great deal of experience dealing with either of these conditions and recognizing the symptoms, the conditions can go unnoticed by your family doctor for decades. Special functional-medicine tests provide answers to these questions, while examining your symptoms further, looking for causes of your body’s dysfunction.
You do not have to suffer from severe headaches and migraines for the rest of your life. Maintaining a balanced, natural diet rich in lean meats, while eliminating fake sugars, dairy and grain, like the Paleo diet recommends, and drinking plenty of water and getting the proper diagnosis, can change your life for the better and eliminate migraines for good.