When a person is dealing with the debilitating pain of migraines, anything that worked for anyone starts to sound like a good idea. That makes it important to look for real evidence that a particular natural remedy has a reasonable success rate. An Italian team of scientists has recently directed attention toward the patient’s diet.
How Diet May Affect Migraines
The idea that diet and migraines go hand in hand is not new. Various foods and drinks are considered potential migraine triggers, and these are things that patients are encouraged to look for when keeping a migraine journal. Avoiding trigger foods and beverages can help to reduce the frequency of migraine occurrence.
These scientists, however, were specifically looking at a ketogenic diet, which was originally developed to combat epilepsy. A low-calorie version of the diet is low in both carbs and fats. A group of migraine patients saw fewer migraines after one-month of the ketogenic low-cal diet as opposed to the number of migraines they experienced in a month of a standard low-cal diet. They, therefore, concluded that the ketogenic portion of the diet was what got results.
Unfortunately, a ketogenic diet can have numerous side effects similar to other diets that are low in carbohydrates like the Atkins diet. Natural obviously does not always mean without side effects.
Upper Cervical Provides Side-Effect-Free Relief
One the other hand, upper cervical chiropractic has been shown in case studies to relieve migraines and headaches with little to no side effects. At worst, a patient may want to ice his or her neck after an adjustment, and that is primarily because inflammation may occur when the neck has been misaligned for a long time and is suddenly moved back into place. However, because upper cervical care is so gentle, a person may not experience any soreness at all. In such cases, the ice just helps the adjustment to hold in place for longer and gives the body more time to heal.
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