5 Natural Ways To Prevent Migraine Attacks

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Migraine is not the typical headache that you may experience with mild pain in the neck, head or face. It is a neurological disorder; or if we may say, headache is one of the symptoms of migraine and not the other way around. 

In other words, migraine is when you experience pain in a more intense way that may sometimes cause nausea, sensitivity to light or sound, or unconsciousness of the surrounding. Doctors refer to migraine symptoms as episodes or attacks to which the sufferer would do anything to make them go away. 

Some of the ways of treating migraine may include a lot of medicines and although they are needed, in the long run they may cause quite unpleasant side effects. That is why as you read we will take you to have a look at 5 natural remedies that would help you prevent and manage migraine attacks. 

1. Drink Water

We know that this is a classic solution for most of the issues, but makes sense since water is a cost effective, non-invasive and low-risk intervention solvent and our human bodies consist of 60% of it. 
Simply, drinking enough water (8 glasses per day) keeps your body hydrated and this is super important to the digestion process, breathing, and even concentration and exercise performance. This is because we lose fluids throughout the day while sweating, breathing and more and ensuring that these fluids are replaced helps our cells, tissues and organs function optimally.

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2. Eat Fresh For Your Health 

We understand that you love to eat all foods, but not all what we eat is healthy. As a migraine suffer you are asked to avoid some food and stick to others. For example, you must stick to fresh food, as processed food can be especially high in migraine-triggering substances. That’s simply because when you make your own food from scratch, you can control what goes into each dish and make sure you are eating fresh, simple ingredients.

So if you want to prevent migraine attacks, as much as we want you to do, please be careful of the following food:

  • Processed meats like hot dogs, sausage, and bacon, which contain nitrites
  • Aged cheeses, such as blue cheese, and red wine, which contain tyramine
  • Chocolate, which contains beta-phenylethylamine
  • The artificial sweeteners aspartame and sucralose

3. Practice Yoga

Yoga is not about fitness only, it is also known as the ultimate solution for the soul, as it brings peace and calmness to the mind, as much as it does to the body. As well as, it improves strength, balance and flexibility because the slow movements and deep breathing increase blood flow and warm up muscles. 

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There is no clear reason as to why yoga has such effects on the body and the mind in this manner. However, research started linking yoga practices and effects to the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) highlighting that during yoga, the PNS can slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure, which allows your body to recover after a stressful event. This in our article refers to migraine attacks, so give yourself a relaxing break and start practicing yoga.

4. Dim The Lights

I understand that you are wondering what is the connection between the light and the migraine. Well, as we said earlier, sometimes migraine sufferers’ are sensitive to light (photophobia – its scientific), but why? Because photophobia is reported in almost all forms of migraine and many neuro-ophthalmic disorders; and researchers have found that 80 to 90 % migraine sufferers have it as a side effect.

This means that the sun or bright indoor light can be uncomfortable, even painful because there is a connection between cells in your eyes that detect light and a nerve that goes to your head. Therefore, it would make perfect sense that once you feel the attack is approaching, just dim the lights of the room or close them.

5. Sleep Well   

Now, I will be giving you the final and pretty much the ultimate solution to all brain issues… GET ENOUGH SLEEP IN YOUR DAY! It is widely known that too little sleep (sleep deprivation), and too much sleep (hypersomnia) can trigger migraines. However, people suffer from migraine mostly because they have sleep deprivation. That’s because insufficient sleep and migraines share common brain mechanisms.

According to a case study conducted by a group of researchers in 2016 “the hypothalamus — the part of the brain that regulates sleep and arousal — also contains neurons involved in modulating pain. The hypothalamus also contains the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), which receives signals from our eyes and helps us match our sleeping behaviors to the external cycle of light and darkness outside” (Medicine Baltimore, 2016). As a result, a damaged SCN can easily destroy the sleep-wake cycle of a person and therefore, cause neurologic disorder such as migraine. 

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