The Christmas festive season is the time of year where most migraines occur, according to the statistics.
Why? Because it's when we're most likely to overindulge, of course - maybe a little too much alcohol, rich food, sugary treats, and late nights.
Not to mention the additional stresses from extra commitments and pressures, with the exercise program getting neglected at the same time. The immune system gets a little run down with burning the candle at both ends.
To help you keep the migraines at bay, we've compiled some tips:
1. Find your migraine triggers
Many people find their triggers by going on an elimination diet, which means initially starting out with one food type only, then adding one food type per day and assessing whether the newly introduced food triggered a migraine. Some people have cured the migraines by going vegan, others by cutting out wheat and gluten products. Others by cutting out soy and legume products. Others by cutting out dairy. Or dairy and gluten.
2. Avoid "Excitotoxins"
A common cause of migraines can be excitotoxins in foods, particularly in processed foods. Modern food processing often adds all sorts of additives to food to enhance its flavour, or improve its shelf life etc. A common culprit is monosodium glutamate (MSG). This is often added to chinese dishes to enhance the flavours, and gives it that shiny look. MSG can however cause serious reactions in many people. [Dr Blaylock]
3. Keep hydrated
Dehydration can exacerbate migraines. Ensure you drink plenty of fluids but avoid sugary drinks, drinks with high fructose corn syrups, sodas. Even natural fruit juices are high in natural sugars that can trigger migraines in some people.
Fluid intake should be mainly water, teas and herbal infusions. See what works for you, or does not work for you.
4. Try drinking filtered water
Some researchers argue that our water supplies are sometimes highly contaminated in the modern world.
Thousands of agricultural chemicals and sprays run off the land into streams, rivers, lakes etc and find their way into our water supplies.
Waste chemicals from industry, rubbish dumps, drainage systems and urban agglomerations also can likewise leak into the water supplies.
There are so many chemicals and poisons that these, and the myriad combinations of these, can cause bad reactions, including migraines, in many people.
Various filtration devices are available that can filter out many of these toxins. Try using a filter on your drinking water.
5. Swap out your cookware
A number of researchers believe that the metals and chemicals in some cookware can trigger migraines. The two most common offenders are aluminium cookware and teflon cookware.
6. Think about what household chemicals you are using
Some researchers estimate that we are in contact with as many as 30,000 man-made chemicals in our modern lives. The effects of each one on our different individual body types could keep scientists studying such effects occupied for decades!
It could be chemicals in your deodorant, hair sprays, gels, aftershave. It can be the chemicals in cars, upholstery, in the cleaning liquids in your house. Such things can be tracked down in a process of eliminating each substance and assessing whether your migraines cease or not.
7. Visit a naturopath, chiropractor or optician
According to Dr David Brownstein, misalignment of the spine, joints, skull, extremities, and even the eyes can cause a wide range of serious problems in the body, including migraines.
He writes that helping the body correct these misalignments can produce fabulous results... the pain goes!(1)
He writes that his wife Allison was diagnosed with vertical heterophoria (VH) and prescribed special prism lenses. These lenses have changed Allison’s life dramatically for the better and have virtually eliminated her headaches and neck pain.
8. Learn your migraine prodromal symptoms
Take careful note of all your feelings and body sensations that occur leading up to your migraines.
Through our ongoing research and investigations, we find that a surprising number of people do not know their migraine symptoms. When you know these symptoms, you give yourself a much better chance of preventing a given migraine attack when using Migraine Escape.
9. Keep your Migraine Escape handy
At the first sign of your migraine symptoms just swipe across the affected area six times, and that is usually sufficient to stop the migraine in its tracks.
After all, even knowing what causes your migraine might not stop you from indulging in those foods, so it pays to keep your bottle of Migraine Escape by your side!
1. Brownstein, David, Dr David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health: Achieving & Maintaining Your Optimal Health. Migraines, Depression, Anxiety - Could Special Eyeglasses Be the Cure? March 2010, Vol 4, Issue 3
As always, the best source for advice on treating your migraines is your own migraine specialist. These medication descriptions are provided only for informational purposes and do constitute, nor should they be taken as, medical advice. You should begin no medication regimen without first checking with your physician.
Some of the treatments listed here are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration specifically for managing migraines, but may be approved for treating other ailments and have also been shown to relieve migraine symptoms for some in trials, in studies or in practice. Again, this information should in no way substitute or be mistaken for medical advice.