(Joe-kster, Moses' Headache Relief, © 2009)
People who suffer from migraines and migraine-like headaches have been shown to be significantly deficient in the mineral magnesium compared to those with no history of migraines. A study titled “Blood Magnesium levels in migraineurs within and between the headache attacks: a case control study” shows that assessing magnesium levels and then supplementing with magnesium when levels are low is therapeutically useful.
My own mother-in-law recently visited a neurologist for severe reoccurring migraines. Guess what was prescribed? Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) plus Magnesium. I was delighted. And my mother-in-law is still delighted because they are working better than the prescription drug for migraines was working!
Below are a few other lifestyle recommendations that may be useful if you get migraines or migraine-like headaches:
1. Control stress and avoid extra obligations.
2. Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
3. Avoid use of toxic cleaning chemicals.
4. Practice good sleep habits and get between 8-9 hours of sleep a night.
5. Avoid foods containing tyramine such as aged cheeses, brewers yeast and yeast containing foods such as bread and soups, pickled, aged, smoked and fermented meats including frankfurters, pepperoni, salami, bacon, bologna, and ham, chocolate, citrus fruits, red wine, and beer.
6. Avoiding foods containing tannin may be helpful such as black teas, many herb teas, apple juice, dates, kiwi, peaches, berries, coffee, carob, alfalfa, walnuts and pecans.
7. Dairy products often aggravate sinus congestion which can contribute to migraines.
8. Avoid known food allergens.
9. Eat a diet high in omega 3 fats including fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines.
What do you do when you get a headache? I do what they say on the box – “take 2 tablets” and “keep away from children”!
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