If you're struggling with migraines, I'm here to tell you there is hope! If you haven't had a chance to read my last post about the common triggers of migraines, I recommend doing so before or after reading this post.
And as promised, I’m back this week to share some natural ways to prevent migraines that do not involve medication.
Naturals Ways To Prevent Migraines
The best way to prevent migraine headaches due to a food sensitivity or histamine intolerance is to do an elimination-style diet. If you're wondering how to do so, following my recommendations in my book, Joyous Detox, is a great start! After a while, you can then reintroduce one offending food at a time to determine which foods are triggering your migraines.
You may want to use a migraine journal or food diary (you can download one right here) to keep track of all of the foods and drinks you have consumed before the onset of a migraine attack as well. You can also do a food sensitivity test which will identify all of your IgG sensitivities. If you don’t want to go through the process of doing an elimination diet, which can be an extensive, lengthy process – this is a good option for you.
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet
Key Foods To Include Are:
Balance your hormones
Significant hormonal fluctuations can be a trigger for your migraines as well. It can be helpful to work with a practitioner who can run comprehensive hormonal testing (please get in touch and I can refer you to someone).
Other ways to address hormonal migraines include:
One primary symptom that often occurs for migraine sufferers is photophobia, which is an abnormal sensitivity to light.
Light sensitivity can be triggered by fluorescent lights, extended exposure to blue light from our screens (that describes me!), changes in light levels and even fluctuations in natural light.
Some ways to avoid light sensitivity are to wear sunglasses and hats when inside and wear blue light blocking glasses when looking at a screen. Laying down in a dark room can also provide some relief.
The most commonly reported odours and scents that are triggering and should be avoided whenever possible include:
Sound sensitivity can trigger an attack and increase the pain and discomfort of a migraine. Some ways to avoid triggering sounds include:
Some studies suggest that the stimulation of different pressure points on the body can also help relieve migraine symptoms. All you have to do is give these points a gentle squeeze.
Pressure points on the body include:
Acupuncture, a method from Traditional Chinese medicine, has also been studied as a form of pain relief for migraines. One review of over 22 studies concluded that in some cases, acupuncture was just as effective as conventional migraine medications for providing pain relief, which is pretty impressive!
Drink more water!
Our brains are made up of almost 75% water! When we are dehydrated, we are at a much greater risk of developing a migraine as found in research. Easy ways to stay hydrated include:
When it comes down to it, sleep is one of the most restorative practices you can do to relieve a migraine. Whenever I get bad headaches now, I avoid watching TV or looking at my phone and go to bed as early as possible. I know not everyone can take the time out of their day to lay down for a couple of hours, but if the option is available to you, sleep is one of the more efficient ways to eliminate a migraine.
In one study, 81% of the participants reported that going to sleep was the most effective strategy for eliminating their headaches. If you can, laying down with a cold compress on your head or neck can also help reduce inflammation and decrease the constriction of blood vessels and nerve contractions in the brain. Too little or too much sleep can also trigger a migraine attack.
Maintaining a strict sleep schedule is very important for prevention.
Have an orgasm
It’s safe to say that when you have a migraine, having sex is probably the last thing you want to be doing! Some research has shown that orgasms can reduce the pain of migraines and that having an orgasm on a regular basis may also be preventative. In one study, orgasm provided complete relief for 47% of the participants. Time to get busy!
Although there is no one size fit’s all approach to treating migraines, I hope you have found this post helpful! If you stumbled upon this article before reading my other article “ Causes and Triggers of Migraines ” I highly recommend you give that one a read too.
Next week I will be back to share natural supplements for preventing and relieving migraines! We're almost there!
Hoping this helps you,