Dealing with Migraines

One in 8 people in the UK suffers with migraines. They tend to affect women more than men. On average sufferers are affected about 3 times a month, each attack requiring 6 hours or so of bed rest. In Britain alone, the cost of migraines has spiralled to more than a billion pounds per year. Migraines usually occur on one side, at the back or front of the head, and an attack can be precipitated by flashing lights or partial blindness. Others suffer tingling sensations, sensitivity to light or noise, vomiting and so on. Some people are debilitated for a few hours, others for several days.

Migraines are linked to food intolerance, internal toxicity and sometimes to the menstrual cycle. Some physicians think that around 90% of migraines are food intolerance related. Migraines are often also a sign of liver congestion, so if you suffer with migraines, you really need to cut down on alcohol, caffeine and fats, and try and keep your diet as clean as possible.  Stress and lack of sleep are also big migraine triggers.

FOODS TO AVOID

  • The most common triggers are: Cheese, red wine, chocolate, coffee, peanuts, corn, wheat and citrus.
  • Avoid refined sugars, deserts, fizzy drinks and alcohol.
  • Food additives such as colourings, and preservatives are also big triggers.
  • Hydrogenated fats such as margarine are also known to bring on migraines.
  • Constipation Toxic waste in the bowels can trigger migraines, so keep it moving.

FRIENDLY FOODS

  • Fresh pineapple is great. This is a strong anti- inflammatory and aids digestion.
  • Include more Turmeric and Ginger in your diet.
  • Flax seed, sun flower seed and pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids which help decrease migraine attacks and keep your bowels moving.
  • Dehydration is a big trigger so drink plenty of water between meals.
  • Brown rice, lentils, whole grains and plenty of fruit and vegetables are all going to help on many levels.
  • Oily fish rich in omega 3 will also help lower the amount of migraines one might have.
  • Vervain tea helps to decrease the intensity of the pain.

USEFUL REMEDIES

  • Ginkgo Biloba Extract: Helps to help blood vessels in the brain from constricting. (2 capsules daily with food).
  • Ceraline Forte: A blend of B vitamins vital in the reduction of headaches. Also contains L- Carnatine which helps with neuro transmitters in the brain and Grape seed extract which helps with the blood supply to the brain.(3 capsules daily).
  • MyoComplex: This formula contains Valerian, Magnesium and Calcium. All these are fundamental to good brain blood supply and will be a great help for migraine sufferers.  (2 capsules 3 times a day).
  • Similase: This is an excellent digestive enzyme. Many migraines are triggered by poor digestion. (2 Capsules with every meal).

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HELPFUL HINTS

  • Low blood sugar will often trigger an attack, so eat healthy and regularly.
  • Food allergies, liver congestion and hormonal changes can cause migraines, so look out for any patterns to the foods you eat and attacks you get as well as considering links to your menstrual cycle (if you have one).
  • Regular exercise and yoga have been found to reduce the number of attacks.
  • Spinal problems and teeth grinding at night can also be triggers, see and Osteopath and get it checked out.

Good luck and good health.

  • Dr Marc Farah

Taylor Moton Jersey