MIGRAINE symptoms can include nausea and vomiting. Here’s how to manage yours.
According to the NHS, the main symptom of a migraine is usually an intense headache on one side of the head.
The pain is usually moderate or a severe throbbing which gets worse when you move and prevents you from carrying out everyday activities.
You should seek advice from your GP if you have frequent or severe migraine symptoms.
Hannah Braye, a Nutritional Therapist for Bio-Kult, has revealed four tips to help manage migraines, especially for regular sufferers.
“Many people are now searching for more natural remedies to help keep migraines at bay”
She told Daily Star Online: “Less than 50% of migraine sufferers are satisfied with currently available pharmaceutical treatments, while many resort to self-medication with over the counter pain-killers, increasing the risk of further headaches if over-used.
“With this in mind, many people are now searching for more natural remedies to help keep migraines at bay.”
Here are four natural remedies…
1. Increase magnesium:
Blood magnesium levels have found to be reduced in migraine sufferers compared to non-sufferers and research suggests magnesium deficiency may contribute to attacks (particularly in menstrual migraines).
Magnesium is easily depleted by intense exercise, stress, alcohol and other factors, and many people may be getting less than optimal amounts through the diet.
According to Hannah, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, chard, kale and collard greens are a great source of magnesium so try at least 1-2 portions a day.
2. Identify hidden food intolerances:
Certain foods are thought to trigger a migraine attack. This can occur within a few hours or some days after eating them. This can make identification of trigger foods difficult.
Try keeping a detailed food diary and recording any corresponding symptoms to help identify any triggers. Alternatively, consider working with a registered nutritional therapist in order to carry out an elimination diet, where commonly aggravating foods are removed for a period of time and re-introduced in a systematic way.
3. Balance your blood sugars:
For sustained energy, we want blood glucose levels to be steadily maintained throughout the day. Poor glucose regulation is often associated with migraines and low blood sugar levels can be a trigger for attacks.
To help control blood sugar levels and prevent the onset of migraines, it’s recommended to avoid sugary foods and refined carbohydrates such as chocolate, sweets, fizzy drinks, cakes, cookies, white bread and pasta.
4. Weight management:
Being overweight can increase the risk of migraines and also potentially make them more frequent and severe. According to Hannah, studies indicate that weight loss intervention may significantly reduce migraine frequency and intensity.
Intense exercise can be a trigger for migraines, whereas gentle to moderate exercise is thought to be beneficial. So ease yourself into any new fitness regime by opting for restorative yoga, pilates, swimming, jogging or walking.
Meanwhile, there is no clear cause or solution to migraines, so tackling them may require investigation into a number of different aspects of health.
However, Hannah says by approaching them holistically through changes to diet and lifestyle, many sufferers can see a significant improvement in symptoms.
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