I used to suffer from horrible migraines, ones that would put me out for a whole afternoon. I would take way too much Tylenol, stay out of the light and drink tons of water. I even tried prescribed migraine medicine and nothing ever seemed to work. Luckily over the years I’ve found a few ways to naturally avoid migraines–I haven’t had one in years!

Here are a few things that helped me get rid of my nasty migraines. I hope they help those of you who suffer from severe headaches and migraines just as they did for me.

Triggers:

The most important step in getting rid of constant headaches and migraines is finding your trigger. I found mine were often food related and came from MSG, alcohol and dairy. An hour after Chinese food and boom: migraine. Try and keep a journal of when you feel the headache coming on and think about what you did a few hours before. A lot of common triggers include weather changes, such as low clouds, caffeine, nitrates, gluten and artificial sweeteners.

Natural Cures:

Once you’ve found your triggers you’re half way there! Use the following tips right away when you feel symptoms of your headache coming on.

1. Peppermint Oil

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Keep it around you at all times, you can leave it in your purse or in the car when your on the go. It sounds weird but it helps with nausea and calms you when you feel the headache starting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Turmeric and Ginger

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Try taking turmeric capsules daily, they’re full of anti-inflammatories and will not only help with migraines but also ease muscle pains that may trigger one.

If you have a juicer at home and feel a migraine coming on, ginger will cure it, it works every time for me. If you don’t have a juicer try hot water with fresh ginger and lemon!

3. Magnesium

2013-02-25-skinny-spinach-dip-1-580Add a magnesium supplement to your diet and try and eat foods that are higher in magnesium such as spinach, pumpkin seeds, almonds or dark chocolate. Magnesium deficiency is not only related to causing headaches but also anxiety and insomnia.

 

 

4. Lifestyle

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The most important thing is to listen to your body. A headache is usually a direct result from our environment or something we put into our system.

Stay hydrated this summer too, just keep a bottle of water on you at all times!

 

 

All these little things add up and will overtime help you ward off migraines. I wish you luck , feel free to email me with any additional questions at alex@thejuiceryco.ca.


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