Those who never suffered from migraines cannot understand how severe the pain is. In fact, it has nothing to do with usual headache. Hope this guide will help in keeping migraines away!
Migraine pain is intense itself, but it is also often accompanied with extreme light and sound sensitivity, blurred vision, mood changes, insomnia, nausea, and vomiting. According to the American Migraine Study II, 73% of people with migraines experience nausea, and 29% have vomiting. In addition, migraines last much longer than headaches.
While migraines have certain triggers, including foods and lifestyle factors, it is important to avoid them if possible. So, the first step towards your recovery is keeping a headache diary. Thus you’ll be able to identify your personal migraine triggers.
Keeping migraines away: tips and tricks
First of all, find the best drug, and make sure it’s always in your medicine cabinet. But what else?
Habits to develop
- Start a diary. Keeping it will help finding your migraine triggers to avoid.
- Consider supplements. Particularly, vitamin B2 and magnesium may help prevent migraines, or at least ease the symptoms.
- Don’t skip meals. Changes in blood sugar levels can trigger a migraine, too. So, better carry healthy snacks with you.
- Drink more water. You need to stay hydrated for the same reason.
- Exercise. Any kind of moderate cardio is fine.
- Avoid stress. We know it only sounds easy, but give it a try.
Foods to avoid
- Alcohol. According to studies, alcohol (especially wines) may be responsible for triggering up to 30% of migraines.
- Caffeine. Because it affects certain receptors in the brain linked with migraines.
- Aged cheeses. Unfortunately, they are common migraine triggers, too.
- Processed meats. Sausages and other sodium nitrate containing foods are not good for your health in general.
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG). Unluckily, because of this ingredient Chinese foods also contribute to migraines.
This is not a full list of food migraine triggers. In addition, some people must avoid artificial sweeteners, chocolate, legumes, nuts, and even citrus fruits. Your headache and food diary will help in finding out what’s bad for you.
- sometimes losing excess weight helps;
- excess sunshine and any other bright light can make a migraine feel worse, too;
- Botox injections are approved by FDA to prevent chronic migraines.