6 Great tips to relieve a migraine….

I started suffering from migraines about 4 Years ago. I had never experienced pain like it. The migraine wouldn’t give me any warning and could last up to 4 days. Totally debilitating, they were ruining my life. So I went to my GP, who Prescribed copious amounts of drugs and sent me on my way. To start with the drugs worked but they left me feeling absolutely out of it. Eventually after trying triptan, after triptan and still getting migraines, I decided to look into alternative therapies.  Here are just a few tips on how to relieve migraines. I hope they help.

Alternative relief 

1. Magnesium spray 

Magnesium spray from Holland & Barrett £12.99  

When applied directly to the skin, Magnesium can relieve chronic pain. Research shows that around 50% of us are deficient in magnesium, even those eating and living healthier lifestyles. It is an amazing mineral which research shows, has been known to reduce migraines.

2. Cutting down on carbohydrates 

When we eat carbs they break down into simple sugars in the body. They enter the blood stream and our blood sugar levels increase dramatically.

There is a lot of research to suggest that reducing your carb intake will reduce migraines. By following what is known as a ketogenic diet. A low carb, high fat diet.

(Swede and tomato bake) 

I eat this way and have done for about a Year now & the results have been incredible. All my recipes follow the low carb, high fat rule. Substituting Swede, celeriac and cauliflower for potatoes and rice. And just to say, a high natural fat diet, does not cause weight gain, in fact science shows a diet in low natural fat increases weight gain and can lead to obesity. So, even more reason to follow this diet 🙂
3. Just say no….to sugar! 

Cutting down on sugar will not only help with migraines but aid you in all aspects of your life. A little bit of natural sugar, found in fruits, vegetables and dairy is relatively harmless. But so much food out there has a serious amount of sugar added. Added sugar shoots your insulin levels so far up, causing the calories to turn to fat. Slowing your metabolism right down and messing up your blood sugar levels, causing you to be hyperglycemic (increased blood glucose levels) This is a huge migraine trigger. Choosing foods with a low glycemic index (GI) will be far better for you. Eating regularly, steering clear of crash diets and keeping glucose levels steady, will help in preventing migraines. Whenever I need a sweet fix, I eat one of my raw cacao protein balls. No added refined sugar and simply delicious 🙂

(Raw cacao brownies) 

4. Feverfew 

Feverfew has been used in natural medicine for Years. It can treat headaches, skin conditions, asthma, toothaches, allergies, to name but a few.

It is known to help migraine sufferers because it contains parthenolide, which helps to relieve muscle spasms and prevent inflammation.

I take 8 drops in water everyday but it also comes in tablet, capsules, fresh feverfew, dried feverfew, powder and tea.

(If you are pregnant or planning to be, please consult your Dr before taking feverfew. It may cause miscarriage or premature birth)  If you take regular medication, it may also be a good idea to consult your Dr before taking.

6. Mint tea 

Mint leaves are fantastic for combating nausea and aiding digestion. This can be helpful during an episode as the peppermint reduces spasms in your gastrointestinal tract, relieving the symptoms of migraines. It’s really nice to drink after a meal too, a palate cleanser and stomach settler.

5. Water 

Good old water. Keep hydrated and try to drink about 1.5-2 litres of water a day. Keeping hydrated will keep your energy levels high and your brain active. Dehydration can contribute towards migraines, so that’s as good a reason as any to drink it.

I hope these have been helpful. Have a look in recipes for some ideas on low carb and low sugar foods.

Happy Monday Cxx


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