Migraines are like the worst type of headache you can experience and affect up to 18% of the world’s adult population. They are more common in women than men and may be caused by genetics or a variety of other triggers. The most common solution against migraines are painkillers and similar drugs, but you should know that there is a way of eliminating migraines naturally without suffering the side-effects of the pills.
Adjusting your lifestyle and introducing some foods in your daily diet is the best way of fighting the onset of migraines. Here are a few tips that can help:
Eat organic fresh fruits and vegetables
Most fruits and vegetables are rich in magnesium, an important mineral that will regulate your fluid and electrolyte levels and control your muscle function and blood flow as well. This will prevent fluid or electrolyte imbalance and prevent a migraine from developing. Furthermore, all fruits and veggies contain a number of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that can prevent a variety of health problems including headaches and migraines.
Add some lean protein into your diet
Lean protein from organic meat, wild-caught fish and grass-fed poultry will keep migraines at bay.
Add some omega-3s in your diet
Wild-caught salmon and tuna and nuts and seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can relieve inflammation and regulate your blood flow, effectively fighting migraines.
Foods rich in vitamins from the B group
According to studies, adding some vitamins from the B group (especially vitamin B2 – riboflavin) in your diet can help prevent the onset of migraines. You can get the vitamin by consuming dairy products, leafy green vegetables, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes as well.
Bananas, sweet potatoes, almonds, yogurt, kefir, swiss chard, spinach, pumpkin seeds, avocados, black beans, figs and dates are all rich in magnesium that can prevent migraines.
Besides these foods, you should also stay away from some foods that can make your migraines even worse. These foods include added sugars, processed and junk food, refined grains, aged cheese, bacon, cold meat cuts, salami and ham, cold foods, some dairy products, chocolate, specific legumes and beans, artificial sweeteners, red wine (and other types of alcohol), caffeinated drinks, pastries, sodium-rich foods, eggs (if you’re allergic), pickled and cured fish and gluten and yeast-rich types of bread.
Furthermore, skip harsh diets if you’re trying to lose weight and avoid drinking too much caffeine. Keeping your blood sugar levels in check is also a good idea in order to prevent migraines.
On the other hand, studies have discovered that there are many natural oils which can help treat a migraine. Besides relieving inflammation and hormonal imbalance, essential oils will relax your neck and head muscles and reduce your stress levels as well. The best essential oils for migraines are lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, frankincense and rosemary oil. You can either apply them topically by rubbing the oil on your temples or use them in a diffuser as aromatherapy.
If you’re a migraine sufferer, there are plenty of supplements you can take to relieve them. The best supplements in this case are melatonin supplements, vitamin B2 and magnesium supplements, medicinal mushrooms, feverfew, omega-3, capsaicin creams and kudzu extract.
How to prevent a migraine
There are many factors that might cause a migraine, which means you need to develop a strategy in order to relieve the pain. First, you’ll need to work on your personal triggers, be it foods, sleeping position, dehydration or alcohol and caffeine abuse. Detect the trigger, work on resolving it, and there’s a good chance you’ll eliminate your migraines.
Reducing your stress levels also works great for migraines, as stress is one of the main triggers. Keep your mind occupied with hobbies or exercise in order to learn how to relax and prevent the onset of migraines.
Deep breathing, yoga, massage therapy, guided therapy and similar relaxation techniques have helped thousands of people relieve their migraines, so why not give them a try?
Finally, you should also make sure to exercise regularly and get proper rest overnight, with 7-8 hours of sleep. Stick to these recommendations and your migraines will soon become a thing of the past.
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