COPING WITH MIGRAINES
Migraines can be linked to intolerances to foods such as wheat or cow’s milk, internal toxicity and sometimes to the menstrual cycle. As many as 90% of migraine cases can be linked to food intolerances. Some can be caused by bacteria and others can be a sign of liver congestion. Weather change, negative stress and lack of sleep can all trigger migraines. If you find you are a sufferer then try some of these natural remedies and see if it may help.
FOODS TO AVOID-
Cut down on red meat, full-fat dairy produce and eggs. People who eat a diet low in saturated fats tend to suffer fewer migraines.
Common triggers are cheese, animal-based dairy produce, red wine, peanuts, chocolate, coffee, citrus fruits and juices, so avoid or reduce where required.
Any foods containing hydrogenated fats (grasas hidrogenadas) and oils should also be reduced or avoided if you are sufferer, so check the back of your foods.
Drink at least 6-8 glasses of water daily, especially in the summer months approaching. Keep the body hydrated.
Eat plenty fruits and vegetables, preferably organic.
Eat more healthy grains, lentils, barley, brown rice, rice crackers, quinoa.
Add more turmeric to your diet, as it has great anti-inflammatory properties.
Fresh ginger & lemon tea daily, the ginger is great for inflammation and the lemon will help to re-alkalise the body and keep the stomach cleansed.
Add some fresh rosemary into your foods also very good for inflammation.
Plenty of protein in your diet, fresh chicken, lentils or cooked tofu once a day.
Oily fish is rich in omega-3 fats, which naturally thin the blood and reduce the severity of migraines. Eat more organic-farmed salmon, sardines, mackerel and anchovies.
Use unrefined sesame, avocado, sunflower and olive oils in your salad dressings.
Ginkgo biloba helps prevent the blood vessels constricting. Taking 120mg daily has been proven to work with a lot of sufferers. B vitamins are also excellent for preventing headaches.
Alternate cold & warm packs, use for 10 minutes each on the back of the neck to help increase blood flow to the head.
Lavender oil, 2 drops neat on the back of the neck can ease it before it worsens and peppermint essential oil, 2 drops in the palm of your hand, rub together & inhale to ease the tension in the head, alternatively, apply 2 drops to a damp face cloth and hold over the forehead for a few minutes.
If you are prone to grinding your teeth whilst sleeping this could also be where your problem lies. Over the years grinding often causes the jaw to slip out of alignment which causes the blood flow to be restricted, triggering regular headache/migraine attacks.
Problems with the vertebrae in the neck can also disrupt the blood flow to the brain. See a chiropractor or cranial osteopath, who can help re-align the neck and head.
Some aerobic exercise, some yoga or meditation are good choices for reducing stress levels.
Reflexology or a head massage are great treatments for reducing the headaches.
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