3 Tips For Migraine Relief
Unless you’ve suffered from a migraine before, you might think that it is just a nasty headache. Sadly, migraines are much more than this and will cause extreme pain, accompanied by nausea and vomiting and often light sensitivity and visual disturbances. Whereas with a headache you can still usually go about your daily tasks after taking a painkiller to help you lessen the discomfort, when you suffer from migraines, you will more than likely have to take to your bed until it passes, and this can take anything from a few hours to a few days.
Although research is ongoing as to exactly what it is that causes some people to have migraines and others never to be bothered by them, the good news is there are some natural ways that you can enjoy migraine relief that will hopefully reduce your pain and get you back to your everyday life more quickly. Read on to find out what some of them are.
Increase Your Estrogen Levels
For women, it is posited that decreased estrogen levels might be to blame for setting off a migraine. Just before menstruation, the levels of estrogen in a woman’s body will drop, and this can, for some, bring about a migraine. If you’ve found that your migraines tend to happen at about the same time each month, your estrogen levels might be the issue.
Therefore, raising your estrogen levels should help to reduce or even eliminate your migraines. You can do this by taking medication, so it’s something you’ll need to discuss with your doctor.
Don’t Miss Meals
When you miss a meal, your blood sugar will fluctuate, which might be another reason why some people – men and women – develop migraines. If you tend to get migraines (or even regular headaches), try to eat something every three hours, as this will help keep your blood sugar more stable. This doesn’t have to be a big meal, of course; just a healthy snack will do.
If you know that you’re not going to be able to have a main meal when you should, make sure you have some energy bars or some fruit on hand to help you through until you can eat properly, and then have your meal later if you can. Try not to miss meals as it could make your migraines worse.
Limit Your Caffeine
Caffeine itself is not the reason for getting a migraine, but caffeine withdrawal can be. If you want to stop consuming caffeine, it’s best not to stop altogether since this could result in withdrawal migraines and mean that you end up in a cycle of wanting to cut out caffeine but not being able to because it’s too painful.
The best thing you can do if you do want to remove caffeine from your life is to slowly reduce the amount you drink. Have just one coffee in the morning and then replace other cups with a coffee and energy drink alternative. In this way, your withdrawal won’t be so sudden, and you can gradually decrease the amount of caffeine in your diet.