Many people are susceptible to migraine headaches, with women three times more likely to get them than men. This can be due to hormonal changes that affect estrogen levels, as well as the ingestion of oral contraceptives, which can aggravate migraines. Food sensitivities and digestive issues can trigger migraines as well. Migraine headaches can also be hereditary.
Signs of a Migraine
Those of you who know the intensity and pain associated with a migraine most likely can tell when one is about to appear. Early warning signs include symptoms such as a “migraine aura,” which can include blind spots, snowy vision, the sensation of flashing lights around the eyes, along with tingling or a numb feeling in the skin. A sensitivity to light and sound, irritability, depression, or other changes in mood are additional symptoms, as well as dizziness, weakness, lightheadedness, and a stiffness in the neck. Once a migraine hits full on, you may experience nausea, diarrhea, and an overall inability to tolerate noise and light.
Combating Migraines Before They Become Full Blown
At Live Well Holistic Health Center, we are well aware of how debilitating migraines can be. We work with those clients who suffer from migraines by uncovering and treating the cause, as well as specific treatments to quiet them down before they become full blown.
Relax and Get Alkaline
One of the most important things to remember when you feel the onset of a migraine is to relax. Ingesting something highly alkaline will help to neutralize the feeling, such as a teaspoon of baking soda in water.
Certain foods may trigger a migraine, especially those containing tyramine and/or nitrates. Here is a partial list:
• Smoked meat
• Aged cheese
• Red wine
• Citrus fruit
• Fermented soy products
Avoiding ingredients like MSG (monosodium glutamate) or foods that contain additives, such as artificial coloring or flavoring, can help prevent migraines. There are other causes, such as individual food allergies, dehydration, lack of sleep, shock, stress, worry, changes in barometric pressure, and close proximity to florescent lights.
Massage and Chiropractic
Deep massage and properly administered chiropractic protocols such as those we provide at Live Well Holistic Health Center can help to eliminate migraine headaches. We have had great success with clients who come to us for this kind of help. Changes in lifestyle where you include a regular system of exercise that includes deep breathing and relaxation techniques, such as yoga are particularly helpful.
Eating foods that contradict migraines is extremely advisable. These foods include dark leafy greens, fresh vegetables, whole grains, and quality protein. Fish oils that contain Omega 3 are particularly helpful, as are foods containing magnesium like almonds and cashews. Drinking lots of pure water, avoiding caffeine, eating regular meals, limiting alcohol intake, and getting a good night’s sleep is paramount to staying migraine-free.
Another helpful means to understanding the source of your migraine headaches is keeping a diary that keeps track of each migraine. Write down what you ate that day and what was happening around you to help you determine your personal triggers.
Please contact us via our online form or scheduling tool or call (610) 896-1554 for more information on how to combat migraines naturally and how to keep them away.