Migraines affect as many as 1 in 5 of us, here are some natural ways to prevent and relieve migraine pain…
What is a Migraine?
A migraine is a severe headache that can cause sharp and throbbing pains, usually in the front and sides of your head, however some migraines don’t cause any pain in your head at all.
People who have severe migraines may also feel sick, vomit and experience blurred vision with sensitivity to light, sound and smells.
1 in 5 women and 1 in 15 men live with reoccurring migraine throughout their lifetime. For women, they can often appear more frequently at certain times during your menstrual cycle, also known as the menstrual migraine.
- Migraine with aura – This type of migraine produces warning signs before the migraine beings, such as seeing flashing lights
- Migraine without aura – This migraine will just start without any warning signs at all
- Migraine aura without headache – This is where other migraine symptoms appear, like blurred vision or flashing lights, but without experiencing a headache. This is often referred to as the silent migraine.
Here are five home remedies to prevent and stop migraines..
Relax in the dark room
Lights, including light from TVs and computer screens, can increase the pain of your migraine. If your migraine reacts to light, relax quietly in a dark room, using an eye mask to help block out any light.
Change your diet
There are certain foods that are commonly the cause of migraines and headaches.
The foods to cut out and avoid are:
- Dairy, especially cheese
- Chocolate, including chocolate drinks
- Peanut butter
- Fruits, including avocado, bananas, raisins and citrus
- Vegetables including beans, onions and raw garlic
- Processed meats, including canned, aged and cured meats
- Drinks with caffeine, such as coke, coffee and tea
Try cutting out all of these foods for a couple of months and if your migraines stop, slowly introduce one food/drink back into your diet every few weeks. This may help you uncover the food/drink that is causing your headaches.
If you don’t drink a lot, remember to keep yourself hydrated with plenty of fluids throughout the day.
Have a head massage
Massaging your neck and head helps to relax you and increases the blood flow.
Try a different temperature
Using hot and cold therapy is a proven method to help defeat your migraine within a few minutes.
Try using either an ice pack or a heat pack on your head, depending on your temperate.
It’s trial and error to figure out if the heat or ice packs work best for you. Ice packs assist numbing the areas, whilst heat packs helps to relax your muscles.
Eat regular meals
If you miss a meal your blood sugars can fluctuation causing a migraine to set in. Eat little and often and try to avoid going more than three hours without food.
For more information about migraines, check out the Migraine Action website.
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