Migraine headaches are different than the usual tension headaches. What makes a migraine different are the frequency of the headaches and the severity of the pain. People that suffer from migraines are highly sensitive to light and high decibel sounds. Sometimes if not always, nausea accompanies a migraine headache. High sodium levels can trigger migraines as well as being dehydrated. There are over the counter (OTC) medications (i.e., Advil and Excedrin) that provide temporary, short term relief.
On the other hand, chronic migraine relief usually require prescription medications. Botox injections are one of several options for migraine treatments. It is always wise to talk to your doctor about what is best for you. Pay close attention to the side effects of the migraine treatments recommended. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or explore alternative treatments, such as:
1. Reduce sodium
Depending on the severity, dietary changes can provide freedom from migraines or at minimum migraine relief. One simple diet change idea is to reduce sodium as much as possible. Use of flavorful spices can help eliminate or reduce the need for salt. Do read food package labels for sodium content. Ask your doctor for their recommendation on sodium your intake. The recommended sodium allowance can vary from person to person.
As a turmeric fan, I can say that it is flavorful and it is good for reducing inflammation. Inflamed nerves may be connected to migraines.
Cranberries are great antioxidant and can reduce toxins in the body. In fact, studies link several dark berries, such as raspberries, blueberries, cherries, and blackberries to providing natural migraine relief.
4. Fresh vegetables
Definitely eat your vegetables! Squash and green leafy vegetables provide much needed vitamins that minimizes many health issues if not completely prevent them, including migraines.
Cinnamon is good for a solid night’s sleep, and sleep is crucial to migraine relief. In fact, studies show that a good night’s sleep helps patients experience fewer migraines and better health.
We are in the summer season so hydration is key. Drink lots of water. Seltzer water with a couple of berries or a lemon slice is very refreshing and will make hydration a pleasant experience. A personal favorite is cucumber mint water. This is a slick way to slip in a little green into your diet as well. Salmon is great for curtailing migraines and it is a good mood booster as well.