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Heal your headache, naturally

Glynis Barber Health 3 Comments

Migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world and are considered the most common disorder of the nervous system. They can be completely debilitating for sufferers and have a huge impact on their lives, affecting the ability to work.

Frustratingly, there is still much to learn about migraines

We do know that the majority of sufferers are aged between 35 and 55, and that more women are affected than men, probably because of hormonal influences.

Migraines tend to recur and can vary between moderate and severe levels of discomfort, often only settling on one side of the head. They can last from a few hours to several days. Some people experience nausea, dizziness, visual disturbances, light sensitivity and even numbness to the face. It’s no wonder that people are desperate to find out what’s behind them and if there’s a way of getting rid of them completely.

It’s believed that migraines may be connected to vitamin deficiency

Past research showed a link and even though it seemed to be discounted by later studies, research continues and the vitamin-mineral link to migraines is still very much being considered and studied.

It’s thought that magnesium deficiency could be key

A lack of this vital mineral can cause all kinds of illnesses, from depression to the function of neurotransmitters. Researchers believe that migraine sufferers can develop a magnesium deficiency for various reasons, including as a result of the stress of the migraine itself. It therefore makes good sense for migraine sufferers to take magnesium as a supplement.

Other vitamins that have been associated with migraines are riboflavin, vitamin D and CoQ10. Studies have had mixed results, but some have shown that with vitamin D supplementation, there has been a significant reduction in migraine frequency, alongside a reduction in C-reactive protein (CRP).

It has also been found that blue light, as found in digital and LED devices, increases the intensity of migraine pain by activating the trigeminal nerve.

It makes sense to stay away from technical devices at the first sign of a migraine

It’s frustrating that the actual cause of migraines remains unknown, although it’s suspected that it’s due to abnormal activity in the brain. This affects nerve communication, chemicals and blood vessels. And there seems to be certain triggers that are likely to set off a migraine. These include hormonal changes, diet, emotional triggers, medications, physical triggers. There are some over the counter medications that can reduce or halt a migraine if taken early enough.

There are also prescribed medications that work well at minimising an attack, but unfortunately some sufferers find that even these don’t work. The best thing is probably to work out what your triggers are and do everything to avoid them.

Five steps to a clearer head

  1. Magnesium is probably one of the most important supplements to take for general health. However, it’s also important to get it from your food. You’ll find it in dark leafy greens, wild salmon, nuts and avocados.
  2. Get your fill of riboflavin. Foods rich in riboflavin include spinach, eggs, almonds, asparagus, crimini mushrooms and tempeh.
  3. You will find CoQ10 in grass-fed beef, organic chicken, broccoli, sesame seeds, cauliflower, herring and rainbow trout. Always try and eat organic, non- GMO foods to reduce the toxic load on the body.
  4. Optimise your levels of vitamin D with short bouts of sun exposure as often as possible. In winter and colder climes, it’s probably best to take a vitamin D3 supplement alongside K2 and magnesium – these complement each other and work together. (vitamin D3 & K2 combo)
  5. Lifestyle alterations that will help reduce the frequency of attacks are:
    • Getting enough sleep
    • Reducing stress
    • Staying hydrated
    • Identifying the foods that trigger an episode
    • Regular exercise
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Comments 3

  1. Hello Glynis,

    thank you so much for this enlightening article!
    Ever since my schooldays I’ve suffered from “normal” headaches and pretty severe migraine attacks.
    As soon as I sensed an imminent attack I would rush home from school, took some aspirine or paracetamol and I went to bed with all the lights out.
    If I was lucky I was able to prevent the full attack but sometimes I really wasn’t so lucky and had to endure the whole shebang.
    Severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, eyesight problems and what not.
    This urged me to find a way to “survive” the attack. What I developed was a meditation technique. I would lie on my bed, my room as dark as possible and think of nothing, absolutely nothing.
    That’s very hard to do when you’re a teenaged schoolboy but I did it.
    I tried to think of nothing, maybe only blue skies and ascending balloons!
    This meditation put me in a sort of weightless state in which I felt nothing…..
    No pain, no nausea, nothing.
    Then I was able to fall asleep and when I woke up I felt a whole lot better.
    Over the years I was able to detect an imminent attack sooner and sooner and I suffered less attacks but I still have them 30 years later. Your article really sparked my interest in looking at ways to diminish attacks and headaches in general.
    So thanks again!

    All the best,

    Martin

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      That’s very impressive Martin. For a teenage boy to control his attacks with mediation is quite something. What a shame that you still get them. I agree that’s now worth exploring further and see if anything mentioned in the article helps. Let me know?

  2. I have had severe migraines for almost 19 years and see a neurologist regularly. I had no idea about the correlation between vitamin D and my headaches. You see, EVERY TIME I have blood work done my vitamin D level is extremely low. So, I’ve been taking 5K IU daily for at least 2 years now. Thank you for all the suggestions, I shall go to the market and buy some different veggies! 🌹

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