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Foods That Can Cure Migraines

A friend in high-school described his migraines “like a portal from the underworld that opens up in my brain and all the demons are shoveling themselves out.” Yikes. Tens of millions of Americans suffered a migraine in the last three months, and those who chronically get migraines suffer from them several times a month. Most migraines last from several hours to several DAYS. No wonder it’s often referred to as a migraine attack.

There are a few reasons why some people get more migraines than others, including genetic factors, environmental factors, and traumatic life experiences, but most scientists agree that the true culprit is a hormonal imbalance of an abnormally low level of serotonin in the brain (1.)

Serotonin contributes to well-being and happiness. Exercise and diet are two proven ways to increase the serotonin in your body (2.).

Foods are extremely correlated with migraine prevalence and severity, some cause migraines while others can stop migraines right in their tracks.

Foods that trigger migraines:

The foods that are the most likely to trigger migraines are alcohol and caffeine (3.), most likely due to their neurological and dehydrating effects. Food additives found in processed meats and packaged products also have been associated with migraines (4.).

Foods that prevent and cure migraines:

Smelling lavender oil for 15 mins was shown to significantly reduce migraine headache occurrence and severity (5.). Adding a few drops of lavender on your pillow at night is easy and will help relieve tension and anxiety (6.).

A 75mg extract from the Petasites hybridus plant, also known as butterbur, was shown to prevent migraines considerably more than a placebo in those who frequently suffer from attacks (7.). 75mg Butterbur extracts are very cheap (8.).

Researchers found that 1/8 of a teaspoon of ground ginger worked even better for relieving migraine symptoms during a headache than Sumatriptan, the leading migraine prescription, for 86% of participants (9.). I almost got a migraine just reading the side effects of taking Sumatriptan (10.), but ginger’s only known side effects include an increased lifespan of brain cells to improve long-term memory (11.), treatment of pain for those with arthritis (12.), significantly reduced muscle pain after exercise (13.), and a bit of added tanginess. Close to a teaspoon of ground ginger is used in Your Daily Blend: Apple Ginger smoothie, a delicious and convenient way to combine ginger in your diet (14.).

I hope you can use this advice to help your head stay safe and relaxed!

For further information or to learn more about my in-home custom workouts and nutrition plans, feel free to contact me at 240-380-8022 or wyatt@yourpersonal-trainer.com.

Sources:
1. http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/migraine-headaches
2. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/kc/serotonin-facts-232248
3. https://americanmigrainefoundation.org/understanding-migraine/alcohol-and-migraine
4. https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/headaches-and-food
5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22517298
6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19962288
7. http://www.neurology.org/content/63/12/2240.short
8. https://www.swansonvitamins.com/swanson-superior-herbs-butterbur-extract-75-mg-60-caps?SourceCode=INTL4055&gclid=CJbN2vmh8tMCFZCLswod140Cyw
9. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.4996/abstract;jsessionid=FFC53575F69B836BADAA2EF527F96E20.f02t02
10. https://www.drugs.com/sfx/sumatriptan-side-effects.html
11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3010628/
12. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/235007127_Comparing_the_Effects_of_ginger_Zingiber_officinale_extract_and_ibuprofen_On_patients_with_osteoarthritis
13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20418184
14. https://www.yourpersonal-trainer.com/your-daily-blend

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