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All about Migraine Diet

Foods To Avoid For Migraine Relief:

> Foods high in Tyramine or Phenylethylamine:

While everyone has differing food triggers, Tyramine and Phenylethylamine are common food triggers in migraine cases.

Processed meats, nuts, seeds, and aged cheese all contain these amino acids.Tyramine is also found in red wine, which is a known migraine trigger.

> Nitrates:

Nitrates, found in cured meats such as bacon, hot dogs, and salami, are triggers that can cause migraine headaches. Vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, and radishes also have high levels of Nitrates.

> Sulphites:

Prunes, figs, Apricots, and certain grape juices are Sulphite rich, and may be migraine food triggers.

> MSG:

MSG ( monosodium glutamate ) is a flavor enhancer that is to be avoided in migraine treatment.

> Aspartame:

Also known as Nutrasweet, this artificial sweetener is believed to be a migraine trigger.

> Alcohol:

Excessive amounts of alcohol can cause migraine headaches because of the high levels of Tyramine that alcoholic beverages contain.

The Migraine Diet:

These are foods that have been shown to reduce the frequency, intensity, and duration of migraine headaches.

> Fish:

Eating fish that is high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids ( Pacific Herring, Mackerel, Albacore Tuna, Salmon ) will lower the production of Prostaglandins, chemicals that may cause inflammation in the body, which can be a major cause of migraines.

> Foods Rich In Magnesium:

Soy milk, seafood, and black beans all have high levels of magnesium, a mineral that is important for blood pressure, heart rhythm, and helps with migraine relief.

> Tryptophan:

Turkey, black-eyed peas, whole grains, and walnuts are high in Tryptophan. The amino acid Tryptophan contributes in the production of Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that reduces the frequency of migraines.

Could Electromagnetic Fields

Mankind has lived for centuries with the naturally occurring EMFs from the Earth’s core and interaction with the Sun’s and the naturally occurring electromagnetic fields in our environment. However, it is only since the dawn of the industrial age, that we began to be bombarded with unnaturally produced EMFs and in intensities never before seen. Everything from cars, TVs, radios, broadcast signals, hair dryers, cell phones, computers and more emit EMFs that bombard us unnaturally. Living next to electrical power lines can bombard you at alarming levels that have even been linked to leukemia.

We’re not suggesting you shun all EMF producers and head for the deep woods and life of wilderness — even there you wouldn’t escape EMF bombardment with all the satellites beaming down, so what can you do to protect yourself?

One of the simplest is to wear a magnet on your body that produces enough of its own EMF in a safe way. A multi-polar magnet is just such a tool that does this. By being multi-polar, the magnet effectively generates an omni-directional EMF field that is just strong enough to keep your body from being bombarded by the artificially generated EMFs. How is this possible? A small localized electromagnetic field can easily buffer a much stronger external EMF and essentially push those waves away from the local area much like a car’s mass pushing the air out of the way as it drives down the highway.

Did you know that the Earth’s EMF is protecting you from the Sun’s much, much stronger EMF? The Sun has a diameter that is 109 times that of the Earth and a mass about 2×1030 kilograms, 330,000 times that of Earth. But even with this nearly incomprehensible difference in size and mass, not to mention the Sun being an EMF generator of magnificant proportions, the Earth EMF is able to push the incoming EMFs away. In fact, without Earth’s EMF, there would be no atmosphere to hold the air we breathe as the Sun’s EMF would simply carry away anything on the Earth’s surface.

Brain Freeze Discovered

Researchers saw that sipping the water caused a sudden blood flow increase to a key artery found in the brain. The piercing headache pain then followed. The researchers speculate that the quick alterations in blood flow that come with brain freeze might be part of some type of built-in survival mechanism from long ago.

The brain, being one of our most important organs, and sensitive to temperature, may simply be responding to sudden cold by moving blood into the tissue to be sure it stays warm enough. Since the brain is housed within a closed structure (the skull), the sudden increase in blood would bring up the pressure, causing pain.

If future work confirms the findings on blood flow, experts feel that developing medications that control the flow of blood to the brain might help ease brain freeze and other, longer lasting headaches. These headaches have been particularly hard to study because no one can say for sure when a migraine will come on, and by the time the patient is alerted, researchers often don’t pick up on the physiological changes which take place as the headache is getting started. Studying the brain freeze type of headache hopefully will lend clues to other headache types as well.

And while you’re not likely to give up your favorite ice cream or ice filled drink, there are things you can do to avoid known causes of brain freeze. Keep cold foods from touching the rood of your mouth – let ice cream or cold drinks warm on your tongue first. You might also try quickly warming the roof (palate) of your mouth by pressing your balled-up tongue (or thumb) right against it – act quick enough and you might stop brain freeze in its tracks. Drinking something warm can also help as does making a mask with your hands to cover your mouth and nose and then breathe quickly as this brings up the temperature inside your mouth.

Combat Sinus Infections

• Gather information- Whenever you confront an illness related to sinuses; carefully observe your whole body. You can note down what you are actually feeling, for instance, whether you are having a headache, a fever, a slightly scratchy throat, a runny or a clogged nose. Apart from this, you must also take notice of how exactly your whole body reacts to the environment. If you are exposed to infectious and dirty substances, dust particles, fungi, bacteria, viruses, moulds and pet dander are a couple of things which can enter into your body leading to discomfort and pain. Besides, extreme weather changes could upset the normal functioning of your body. Weather it gets too cold or too hot, your body might get affected negatively and also trigger a throbbing infection called sinusitis. Fortunately, there is no dearth in the number of methods to cure sinus infections. Home cures and natural remedies are highly popular owing to their simplicity and cost-effectiveness. Medicines are only advisable to treat chronic bouts because of their severity. A surgery is for the extreme cases which can’t be cured with any other treatment.

• Take action- Though gathering information is important, it isn’t good enough to fight off the disease. You must use the information and details you have gathered to come up with an effective plan for curing the problem. In case of a mild sinusitis, you could explore natural cures requiring ingredients which are easily available. However, if the infection progresses to a severe condition, consulting a doctor for proper advice and prescription is essential. During the entire course of sickness, you must keep yourself attentive on how exactly your body copes with the symptoms as well as the surroundings. In this way, it would be easier for you to track down your progress plus make out if your plans need any changes.

Natural Migraine Relief

1. Find out what foods trigger your migraines.

Common triggers are; Cheese (dairy), MSG (monosodium glutamate), Chemical additives and preservatives, onions, Alcohol, sugar, eggs, and gluten. One of the biggest triggers is caffeine! Yes, that sounds unreal since caffeine can provide relief but it works both ways. If you get migraines, I would eliminate all caffeine first. Don’t go cold turkey, take 2-4 weeks and wean yourself off to avoid withdrawal headaches.

2. Stay hydrated. Drink half of your body weight in ounces per day of water. More if you exercise.

3.Exercise regularly. Regular exercise promotes healthy circulation and helps to alleviate depression and anxiety. You’ll sleep better at night too.

4. Get enough sleep. We need 6-9 hours every night.

5. Learn to cope with stress in a healthy manner. We can’t eliminate all stressors in our lives but we can learn to manage them. Stress can trigger a migraine.

6. Eat healthy and frequently. Small meals throughout the day are very beneficial for migraine sufferers. Don’t skip breakfast! Eliminate processed and fast food.

7. Stop using synthetic perfumes and fragrances on your person and in your home.

8. For women: Find a qualified holistic practitioner and work to get your hormones in balance and have your thyroid checked.

If you do experience a migraine, an ice pack wrapped in towel and placed under you neck will help with pain relief. You can also place it directly on the pain site. I’ve found Chiropractic care to be helpful. Therapeutic grade essential oils have helped me tremendously. Make sure you only use therapeutic grade oils since most that are sold as “pure” really aren’t and are not to used directly on your skin.
I hope as you try these tips you find relief and healing. Migraines are a terrible ailment to have. Pass on the knowledge!

Sinus Headaches

Although there are several home remedies that work to treat sinus headaches and infections, it is important to seek medical care as early as possible if you are uncertain about the cause of your symptoms or if there is considerable severity of the infection. Symptoms of a severe infection may include high fever, if high pain persists or if there is swelling in the face.

In some cases, a CT scan will be taken to get images of the sinuses but most of the time a physical examination and medical history are usually enough to make a diagnosis. Some doctors may advise you to do a CT scan anyway to confirm the diagnosis and rule out any other possibility.

Self-care at home through the use of home remedies, as well as prescription medications to control pain and inflammation is all that is needed to treat most cases of sinus headaches.

Some things you can do to alleviate the pain and help in recovery are:
• Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids and sipping on water throughout the day.
• Use salt water (saline) nasal sprays.
• Breathe humidified air by using a humidifier (devices that emit water vapor or steam to increase humidity) if you live in a particularly dry place.
• Nasal irrigation which flushes out mucus can help relieve symptoms.
• Use of over-the-counter medications that can be prescribed to you by your primary care physician

If your symptoms do not show any signs of improving even after the treatment or if symptoms get worse, you should definitely get in touch with your doctor as the problem could be more severe than initially presumed.

There are a few things you can do to minimize the risk of suffering from the symptoms associated with this condition:

Practicing good hygiene such as washing your hands often can help to prevent colds and infections in the upper respiratory system.

Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids and using an air humidifier can also help promote efficient drainage of fluids from the sinuses minimizing the risk of infection.

Some Ways Truly Erase Headaches

Ginger Root – Ginger root, which is used as a spice in everyday cooking can also be used as an effective cure for how to get rid of headaches. The sharp pungent flavor of ginger gives the foodstuffs a wonderful taste and besides, it also used as a digestive. When taken immediately at the onset of a headache, ginger’s anti-inflammatory action will rapidly dilate constricted blood vessels and relax tense muscles to relieve pain.

Echinacea- Commonly called as the purple coneflowers, this flowering plant is widely used in herbal medications as a immune booster. It helps to improve the functioning of immune system and prevents infections. It is also used as an effective remedy for headaches, specially those caused by cold or flue. Echinacea can be used safely for long term basis.

Buckwheat – Buckwheat which is commonly used as livestock feed can also be used as for human consumption. Those suffering from gluten intolerance can opt for buckwheat products as they are gluten free. It is possible to obtain buckwheat flower and buckwheat pancake mix at your local grocery, although you may have to ask for it. Incorporate buckwheat into your diet as an effective preventive for migraine pain; because buckwheat contains rutin, which has antioxidant and analgesic properties.

Lemon Balm- The use of lemon balm as a curative for depression, migraine attacks and stress headache pain has been documented way back to the 14th century, when it was served in a tea to the French king Charles V for these symptoms. Lemon balm has a subtle lemony flavor, hence its name, and can be substituted for lemon juice in soups, custards and various other food preparations as a flavor enhancer.

Lobelia- Even though a guy by the name of Samuel Thomson claimed to have discovered the lobelia plant around 1803, it had long been in use as a medicinal treatment of how to get rid of headaches by the Cherokee nations of North America. They administered lobelia in poultices of crushed leaves for headache pain, and ‘snuffed’ the dried leaves for sinus inflammation and bloody noses. Lobelia also also helps to improve the functioning of the immune system and prevents the attack of flu and cold virus.

Cure Sinus Infections

For instance, antibiotics are known to effectively fight bacteria along with many other chronic conditions. But sometimes it is possible to combat the pain even with some simple home remedies. Mentioned below are some proven homemade treatments that can work superbly to cure sinus infections. The main idea behind these treatments is to lessen excessive secretions, improve the flow rate of infected mucus and bring back normal breathing.

* Apply a hot compress – Place a hot compress, like a warm wet cloth or towel, over your face by applying slight pressure on the sinus region. Doing this would shrink blood vessels lining the nasal membrane that would further open up your blocked nasal passages.

* Steam therapy – Steam inhalation is a highly effective method used for relieving congested sinus and nasal cavities. This can be done many times in a day.

* Boost the immune system – There are certain foods, as well as supplements, which can significantly boost the immune system. Eating green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits also provides proper nourishment to the body. Besides, yogurt is also an excellent immune boosting ingredient. Also, as zinc is required in sufficient amount by immune cells in order to function properly, it is important to consume foods that are loaded with zinc, such as poultry, fish, red meat, legumes, dairy foods, nuts and cereal.

* Drink hot fluids – Drinking hot fluids, like vegetable soups, broths and herbal teas, many times in a day breaks up the infected mucus, so that it can be easily drained out. The hot and warm steam that generates out of these hot fluids soothes and relieves the sinus related headaches and many other symptoms of sinusitis. To increase the effect of this sinus treatment, drink the hot liquids immediately after taking a hot water shower.

Info of Migraine Diet Supplements

Remember what the origins are. Triggers can include emotional stress, fatigue, allergies, sinusitis, eyestrain, poor posture, TMJ, excessive intake, or withdrawal from drugs, low blood sugar, hormonal imbalance, constipation, and nutritional deficiencies. Wow that sounds like many people just think about the stress in your life. So what can you do about it when it comes to diet and nutritional supplements to stop or help with migraines?

A diet that is: high protein and low in simple carbohydrates diet; include almonds, almond milk, watercress, parsley, fennel, garlic, cherries, and fresh pineapple; omit foods that contain the amino acid tyramine can help reduce the occurrence of migraines especially ones related to food allergies. These foods also support the digestion and do not add stress to the body.

Remember migraine headaches are intensely painful and are often accompanied by vision disturbances, temporary slurring or loss of speech, temporary paralysis, short-term memory loss, distorted sight with kaleidoscopic color patterns, extreme sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting. A migraine episode can be incapacitating and may last a few hours or several days. Migraines are recurring and sufferers usually get them at least once a month. It can run in families and effects more women than men. Migraine is now described as a “spreading depression”, a kind of seizure disorder in which pain fibers in the brain, blood vessels supplying the brain, and chemical balances all go awry at the same time.

If you’re going to add supplements to your plan to fight migraines, knowing which ones are rated the best can be helpful.

Calcium and magnesium, coenzyme Q10 plus coenzyme A, DMG, DLPA, essential fatty acid complex or primrose oil have all been found to be helpful with most any type of migraine.

Hormonal migraines and stress-related migraines may need 5-HTP, multivitamin and mineral complex, rutin, vitamin B complex plus extra Vitamins B2, B3, B5, and B6, garlic, quercetin and bromelain, Taurine plus, and vitamin C with bioflavonoids.

Staying on top of your migraines with acupuncture can help you experience fewer attacks and the ones you do have may be less severe. If you have migraines daily, wouldn’t you like to have head pain less often and experience milder pain? Looking at your diet, adding the right supplements, and doing acupuncture can give you a new sense of freedom on your daily life.

Drug Therapies

Medications are taken every day to forestall the occurrence of headaches. A number of these medications are used in the treatment of other medical conditions as well. In fact, they were accidentally discovered to aid in relieving headache pain. Whereas none of them cures headache, preventive medications are able to scale back the duration, severity and frequency of headache attacks.

The preventive medicines consist of both prescription and over-the-counter medicine. They are not addictive, but any medicine may cause unwanted side effects and only be partially effective in pain management. Your physician ought to work with you to carefully regulate the dose so that headache relief is maximized and the side effects are reduced.

To work effectively in pain management, all preventive medicines should be taken once or several times a day. It might be necessary to change the medicine and modify their dosages so as to find out which medication or combination of medicines work best to cut back the severity and frequency of your headache pain.

When these medicines are being used, careful recording of headache severity and frequency each day can enable your physician to determine how the medicines are working in your managing your pain. Most of those medications require days to weeks of everyday use before they effectively prevent headaches. Preventive medicines include anticonvulsant medications, antihistamines, antidepressants, calcium channel blockers and beta blockers.

Abortive Therapy

These medications are administered early to block the process that causes headache pain. Use of this method helps minimize headache symptoms like nausea as well as light and sound sensitivity. These medications work best if used when the initial signs of megrim show. Some medications must not be used in the treatment of megrim aura. When headaches and particularly megrim headaches last longer than twenty-four hours and alternative medications are not successful in managing the attacks, medicines administered in an “infusion suite” may be administered. An infusion suite is a designated set of rooms in a clinic or hospital that are watched over by a nurse and where endovenous medication is administered. The endovenous medication is generally capable of ending the megrim attack.

Symptomatic relief

This category of medicines is given for the relief of symptoms related to headache. This consists of pain related to headaches or nausea as well as emesis related to cephalalgia headaches. Most of the medications are available over-the-counter (OTC – with no prescription). Alternative medications need a prescription from physicians. As you take these medicines, avoid caffeine-containing foods and beverages as well as medications. Medications containing narcotics (codeine) and barbiturates (butalbital) ought to be avoided if possible. The use of aspirin ought to be avoided. Most of the medicines listed for symptomatic relief are not recommended for use by young children. These medicines include ibuprofen, acetaminophen, simple analgesics, sedatives or anti-emetic medication.