Unfortunately, in many of those who suffer from migraine headaches, gender and genetics play a huge role. Many people have first-degree relatives who are also plagued with the disorder, particularly women. In 65%-90% cases, hereditary factors are likely the link. For analogy sake, in this scenario, the genetic aspect is the gun but the trigger on the gun needs to be pulled for the disorder to be activated. Stress, as mentioned previously, may be what pulls the trigger. If the activation occurs and the migraine headaches become regular, perhaps poor nutrition may be what keeps it entrenched? So, let’s look at lifestyle changes, food and food supplements that may help with the ultimate reduction of migraine headaches.
Will weight loss help?
Although oestrogen is a vital biological hormone, its high levels at certain times in women’s lives may contribute to the onset and repeated episodes of migraines. A possible solution is to reduce oestrogen levels from a lifestyle and environmental angle. For example, losing weight has been shown to reduce levels of oestrogen. Women excrete high concentrations of oestrogen which recirculates back into the water supply as municipal water treatment plants may not completely remove it. Beef and poultry are commonly injected with hormones like oestrogen for fast weight gain. Drinking filtered water and eating grass-fed beef and poultry may be a solution to avoid the extra oestrogen from being consumed.
Will lowering stress help?
Avoiding stress would be recommended also as it may be a trigger to episodes of migraine. Simple measures of exercising and relaxing may reduce stress. Additionally, if stressed, adrenaline and cortisol is produced. Excessive amounts of these can put strain on the body. Consuming 500mg of elemental magnesium from magnesium citrate is recommended to defend against the physiological effects of stress. Besides this, an extra benefit of magnesium is its ability to reduced inflammation which may help impede or reduce the severity of a migraine attack.
Will a change of diet help?
Lastly, changing the diet may also have a beneficial impact on migraines. It is not rocket science. Reduce or eliminate fast foods, simple carbohydrates, dairy products, carbonated sugary drinks, smoking and alcohol and replace with a well-rounded dietary regime of chicken, fish, vegetables and fruit. Smoking and drinking may correlate with migraines in women as they can exacerbate nutritional deficiencies. Both alcohol and smoking constricts the body’s ability to absorb magnesium, vitamin B1 and vitamin B12
Tips and Nutrition
• Stress less
• Take Magnesium
• Reduce alcohol consumption
• Avoid Smoking
• Drink bottled water
• Eat fruits, vegetables, chicken
• Avoid sugary foods/drinks