Managing Migraines x RECIPE

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What is a migraine?  

If you have suffered from a migraine, you can skip this section because it means you are aware of the excruciating pain, sensitivity to light, and nausea that is triggered by certain foods, smells, and/or circumstances and is caused by who knows what.  If you’ve never suffered from migraines, consider yourself lucky.

A migraine is a severe headache that is often accompanied by sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise, a tingling of the limbs, nausea, dizziness, and sometimes vomiting.  There are many scientific theories of what causes migraines. Most revolve around ideas of inflammation of blood vessels, membranes and spinal cords.  Some scientists believe that it is not the inflammation that causes the pain but the abnormal nerve activity that releases something called Calcitonin Gene-Related Peptides (CGRPs).  CGRPs induce inflammation and send messages to the pain receptors. . . #DoYourGoogles.  My research tells me that scientists can’t agree on what causes migraines, and laymen can't really make sense of what scientists can agree on.  So while scientists continue to speculate, I am going to give you a couple of ways to prevent and manage your migraines.  

1. Prevention

Drink water.  

It’s so simple. Hydration is the key to preventing a lot of health problems, especially migraines.  Dehydration can trigger a headache and if you are susceptible, it can easily turn into a migraine.  Drink a lot of water.

Take Riboflavin.  

Riboflavin (also known as Vitamin B2) provides the body with protection from free radicals. Riboflavin has been used to reduce the frequency of migraines.  A shot of wheatgrass is a great preventative measure, as it is one of the highest sources of riboflavin.  It purifies the blood and helps send oxygen to the cells. It cleanses the bowels and detoxifies the liver -- all of which can prevent headaches.

2.  Identify your triggers and then adjust your life.

Certain foods are known to trigger migraines in people who are susceptible.  If you suffer from chronic migraines, take the time to think about what you ate or did before the migraine began. Common foods that trigger migraines include red wine, dark chocolate, coffee, processed/cured meats, and aged cheeses. These foods have hidden amino acids such as tyramine and phenylethylamine that have been linked to migraines.

3. Migraine Management

Most people rely on over the counter drugs to manage their pain but there are a couple of natural remedies that you can try to give your organs a break from the pharmaceuticals.   

Lundy's Ginger Tea

1.5 ounces of freshly juiced ginger.

1.5 ounces of freshly juiced turmeric (or one teaspoon of turmeric powder)

1 teaspoon of raw honey

Juice of 1 Lemon

2 cups of hot water

Mix all of these ingredients together.  Consider drinking the first cup while it’s hot and the second cup chilled.  

I drink this tea at the first sign of a headache and I no longer rely at all on aspirin or ibuprofen.

Ginger and turmeric are super in terms of reducing inflammation and alleviating pain. Ginger is also a common remedy for stomach ailments and thus the ginger root tea can also get rid of the nausea or vomiting that accompanies migraines.  

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