There are few worse things in life than the incessant pounding of a headache or migraine. Especially when you have a jam-packed day and have no way to get around it. Like when you’re sitting in your office, sitting in a classroom, or running your kids to soccer practice.
According to the Migraine Research Foundation, more than 38 million Americans suffer from migraines. Headaches are a common nervous system disorder. It’s safe to say that at least half of the adult population has experienced a headache at least once within the year.
The consistent pressure in your head or neck follows you, without fail. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a migraine and a headache?
Pounding on one side of the head.
Attacks often preceded by psychological or visual disturbances; blurring or bright spots of vision, anxiety, fatigue, disturbed thinking, numbness, or tingling of a hand or foot.
Caused by excessive dilation of blood vessels in the head. Vascular headaches, such as migraines, are characterized by a sharp throbbing or pounding pain.
In non-vascular headaches, such as tension headache, The pain is steady constant and dull. It starts at the base of the skull, or in the forehead and spreads over the entire head, giving the sensation of pressure, as if a vise has been applied to the skull.
Headaches can come in many forms such as migraine, tension, cluster or stress headaches, they can also be mild, chronic or debilitating.
Low serotonin levels; genetics, shunting of tryptophan into other pathways.
Food allergies; histamine-releasing foods, histamine-containing foods.
Food additives; MSG, Nitrates.
Withdrawal from caffeine or other drugs that constrict blood vessels
Little or too much sleep
Glare or eyestrain
What to do:
The easiest treatment is to completely avoid your personal headache triggers. Believe it or not, one of the most common causes of migraine headaches (80-90%) actually stems from a food allergy. Health practitioners recommend eliminating food allergies from your diet. This can be done through a blood analysis, or by the use of an elemental diet.
Here are four other ways to avoid/treat your migraines.
All food allergens must be eliminated and a four-day rotation diet utilized. Foods that contain vasoactive amine, (a substance containing amino groups, such as histamine or serotonin, that acts on the blood vessels to alter their permeability or to cause vasodilation.) should initially be eliminated; after symptoms have been controlled, such foods can be carefully reintroduced. The primary foods to eliminate are alcoholic beverages (especially red wine), cheese, chocolate, citrus, fruits, and shellfish. The diet should be low in sources of animal fats, and high in olive oil, fish oil, flavonoid-rich berries, garlic and onions.
A high potency multiple vitamin and mineral formula. Taken daily to increase overall health function. Key ingredients: Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B2. Fish oils, grape seed extract and pine bark extract.
Take a dosage of feverfew extract twice per day, or Butterber extract (equivalent to pet-adolex,) 50-100mg twice per day with meals. You can also use Ginger, a natural health alternative.
Acupuncture, or biofeedback: the use of electronic monitoring of a normally automatic bodily function in order to train someone to acquire voluntary control of that function.
Try peppermint Tea:
If none of the above options tickle your fancy, or you want something for immediate headache relief, than I recommend trying peppermint tea.
Its hot, it’s minty, and it super soothing.
Pour the boiling water over about two tablespoons of dried leaves. Cover and let steep for ten to twenty minutes, adding about five fresh bruised leaves of peppermint and/or spearmint. Pour leafy-tea into strainer over a mug. The tea should be in the cup/mug/teapot and free of leaves.
Take a step to end your painful problem.
What are you waiting for?
The encyclopedia of natural medicine, third edition, Michael T. Murray. N.D., Joseph PIzzorno, N.D. Atria paperback, 2012. New York.
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