Beauty & the Blog

Migraines, can anything help at all?

‘Let’s have a romp and I’ll make it better!’, so declared my dearest hubby who was trying to make me feel better while all I wanted was for him to go away and leave me in the quiet darkness until it was all over. Yeah right!

He’s obviously never suffered from a headache, much less a migraine before. What would he know? In fact, what do I know? Nothing! ….about migraines anyway.

All the research in the world can’t tell me how to stop an attack from coming.

I’ve been told to go for allergy tests to see if certain foods were triggering my migraines, to exercise more, to ensure that I have enough rest, but in spite of all that, I have not been able to pinpoint any particular trigger factor for it. It just comes at the least convenient of times. I did find out some interesting tid-bits which I hope will help all my fellow migraine sufferers out there.

 

Reduce your chance of getting a migraine by avoiding certain foods:

  • Caffeine – tea, coffee, soft drinks
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate – anything including cocoa
  • Dairy products – especially cheese and yoghurt
  • Deli meats & fish – anything aged, canned, cured, fermented, marinated, smoke or tenderised, including beef and chicken livers
  • Red wine – and balsamic vinegar too
  • Some fruits – eg. Citrus, raisins and other dried fruits preserved with sulphites, bananas, red plum, passion fruit, dates, avocados and figs
  • Some vegetables – possibly peas and beans, sauerkraut, onions
  • Aspartame – artificial sweetener
  • Monosodium glutamate – a food enhancer

Supplements to increase your chance of being migraine-free:

  • Riboflavin or vitamin B2
  • Butterbur
  • Magnesium
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Feverfew

Avoiding those foods is not doing a thing for me. I will be trying some of these supplements next.

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