Forget the chemicals, here are some real ways to deal with it.
byMigraines can be debilitating—the auras, the sensitivity to light and sound, the crushing headaches—but you don’t have to grit your teeth and bear them until the pain passes. We asked three different alternative and traditional professionals for their best treatments so you can start to feel better faster.
A NEUROLOGIST SAYS:
Migraine sufferers have hyperexcitable neurons that leave the brain vulnerable to headache triggers like stress, dehydration, weather or hormonal changes. Ease migraine symptoms with medicine and healthy habits.
Treatment to Try: If you get migraines four or more days a month, see a neurologist to discuss daily preventive medications. These can take six to eight weeks to be fully effective. you can also try acute meds when a headache starts, which stop pain within two hours. nonprescription options may help, too. Eat at least three meals a day, never more than six hours apart, as hunger may be a trigger. Fill your diet with leafy greens, lean meat and fish to get two key preventive vitamins: B2 and CoQ10. Supplements of vitamin B2, CoQ10 and magnesium may help, too. Staying hydrated, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly can assist in keeping you ache-free. Aim for 30-to 40-minute exercise sessions three or more times a week, as the resulting endorphins protect against migraines.
AN INTEGRATIVE NUTRITIONIST SAYS:
Migraines are often triggered by specific food and drinks. If you know what prompts your headaches, you can adjust your diet accordingly.
Treatment to Try: Often, migraines are symptoms of an intolerance to histamines, the immune system chemicals that communicate with your brain and help break down food. Skip high-histamine foods like fermented beverages (e.g. wine and beer), cured meats and dried fruits. Go for low-histamine options…
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