Migraine I Don’t Have Time For You!

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Migraines.  Who really has time for them?

No one, Right!

This morning, I woke up with a migraine and I had a lot of computer work to do. That is not a great combination, that's for sure!

Since I have Celiac Disease, I am diligent to avoid anything that may cause a flare up or lead to a leaky gut.  This is why I learn toward natural therapies and prevention before reaching for a bottle of ibuprofen.

Here's a little background on migraines and headaches to help you understand the best approaches to take to treat your headache and even prevent future occurrences.

Common Headache Triggers

A headache is a signaling system for our body to tell us there is something not right.  They can be triggered by many things.  Here are some of the most common triggers for headaches in general.

  • Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Allergies
  • Eye Strain
  • Poor Posture
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Low Blood Sugar
  • Hormones
  • Irregularity
  • Nutritional Deficiencies
  • Environmental Irritants
  • Inflammation 

To gain and maintain true health, you need to pay attention to these signals and address the triggers you find that cause your headaches.

Types of Headaches

1. Tension Headaches: Tension headaches are the most common headache.  They are also referred to as stress headaches, popping up when we are under stress.  Tension headaches can range in severity from mild to moderate and from occasional to chronic.

2. Migraines: These painful and often debilitating headaches can last anywhere from a few hours to several days.  Symptoms associated with migraines include, sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, and blurred vision.

3. Sinus Headache: When you sinuses are inflamed, whether from allergies or an infection, it can create pain in your forehead, bridge of the nose, and even in to your cheeks.  Other symptoms that may accompany a sinus headache are runny nose, pain in the ears and eustchian tubes, facial swelling and even a fever.

4. Cluster Headaches: These are the most severe of sll the types of headaches.  These occur in groups over a period of time, lasting from a couple weeks to several months.  The pain is like a burning or piercing right behind the eyes.

5. Transformed Headache:  These headaches include symptoms from both migraines and tension headaches.

So what can you do to relieve these headaches?  Thankfully there are natural ways  that can be as effective or even better than over the counter and prescription drugs without the nasty side effects.

1. Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can cause many headaches.  Make sure you are drinking you are drinking half your weight in ounces in water. For example, if you weighted 150 pounds you would want to have a minimum of 75 ounces of water everyday. 

Drinking caffeinated or sugary drinks will dehydrate you as well.  For every caffeinated, sugary drink add equal amount of water to your daily water amount.

Drinking plain water can get bland.  Here are some foods that can help you stay hydrated

  • Citrus Fruits
  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Radishes
  • Zucchini
  • Green Peppers

2. Essential Oils: The aroma-therapeutic benefits of essential oils can help you to reduce stress and clear up sinus congestion. Some great essential oils to diffuse include:

Lavender- Helps to support stable moods and has a calming effect 

Jasmine- Exhibits calming, mood lifting effects and supports balanced hormones.

Peppermint- Has a cooling effect which can be soothing to inflammation and muscle contractions

Vetiver- Supports relaxation and supports the reduction of stress and anxiety

Sandalwood- Has anti-inflammatory, calming and soothing  properties 


Topical uses: Take 2 drops of peppermint and lavender oils  ( mixed with a carrier oil) into your hands and rub onto your forehead, temples, and back of the next.  Be careful to keep the peppermint from getting into your eyes.

3. Blue Blocker Glasses: Most people spend a large number of hours in front of electronic devices, whether for work or for play.  All of these devices emit blue light, which has been found to disrupt our circadian rhythms and sleep as well as straining our eyes. 

Blue light is one of the shortest wavelengths in the visible light spectrum.  This causes it to  flicker more easily.  This creates a glare which can affect sharpness and clarity.  This flickering vcan cause eye strain leading to headaches and fatigue.

Wearing blue blocker glasses while working on a computer or after sunset will help reduce teh amount of blue light and possibly prevent headaches from starting.

4. Remove Allergens:  Eating foods that we are intolerant or allergic to can causes inflammation.  Inflammation is a common trigger for headaches. Left unaddressed it can lead to chronic headaches and disease. The most common allergens are:

Milk

Eggs

Peanuts

Tree nuts

Soy

Grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats,rice, corn)

Fish

Shellfish

Even if you don't have a known allergy to these foods

eliminating them may help to prevent or reduce the 

frequency of migraine occurrences.

5. Chiropractic Care and Good Posture: Proper spinal alignment is crucial for optimal health.  The spinal column is the highway for communication to the whole body.  When misaligned, the communication is delayed or haled completely.  This can lead to inflammation and other unwanted conditions.

Proper posture can help to prevent the misalignment of the spine. When muscles are tense it can pull the spine out of alignment.  With regular chiropractic adjustments muscle tension can be reduced and the spine can be manually realigned.

Prevention

1. Don't become dehydrated. 

2. Keep your bowel movements regular.

3. Get quality sleep

4. Keep your hormones balanced.

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