Migraines are one of the most common health conditions that people are dealing with across America, with more than 12% of adults getting at least an occasional migraine. For about 4 million people, migraines become chronic and occur 15 or more days per month. Some people even get chronic daily migraines. Is there anything that you can do to try and find some natural migraine relief? Here are some of the top tips we’ve gathered from online. We are going to conclude with a natural therapy that has helped dozens of migraineurs in case studies, include some who were dealing with chronic migraines.
#1 Dial Down the Stress
Stress is the most common migraine trigger. Therefore, getting control over the stress in your life has to be one of the most essential ways to deal with this health condition. Let’s look at a number of home remedies that may be able to help you keep stress in its place.
- Vitamin B– This series of vitamins helps your central nervous system in several ways. For example, Vitamin B2 (also called riboflavin) is vital to the mitochondria of your cells. This is just one of several ways that Vitamin B may be able to help you deal with stress and migraines.
- Exercise – Exercise or even dynamic stretching may be able to help you reduce the amount of stress hormones in your body. Exercise produces feel-good hormones. It also is beneficial for blood flow, which is a secondary way that training may also be of assistance to migraineurs.
- Essential oils – Peppermint and lavender may both be of assistance to people who are living with migraines. This is because the scents can help people with stress. Peppermint is also good for nausea, which is one of the most commonly experienced symptoms when a person gets a migraine.
- Stress management – You may also be able to manage your stress by means of focused meditation, taking a warm bath, calming music, journaling, or other relaxing activities. A new and enjoyable hobby may be a fun way to combat your most challenging migraine trigger.
#2 Drink More Water
Proper hydration is a must if you get migraines. First of all, not drinking enough water can be a migraine trigger. Second, you may get additional headaches as an early warning sign of dehydration. How much water should you drink? Eight glasses per day is the minimum. Some sources recommended that you cut your body weight in half and drink that many ounces of water per day. That means a person who weighs 180 pounds should be drinking closer to 11 cups of water per day.
This is the simplest and most cost-effective way to care for migraines, so even if it only has limited benefits, you are hardly spending anything to drink more water. And staying properly hydrated will be good for your overall health in general anyway.
#3 Sleep Better
Are you still setting goals for the new year? A good sleep schedule may be an important one to incorporate. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day gets your body on a regular schedule. That will help you to sleep through the night and get the seven to eight hours that your body needs. Since lack of sleep is another common migraine trigger, this may significantly reduce how often you get migraines. What are some other things you can do to sleep better?
- Replace your mattress or pillow – Especially if they are old, worn out, or not right for your usual sleep position.
- Create the proper sleep environment – That means setting the right level of lights and sounds (usually none) as well as the appropriate temperature (most people sleep better when it is a little cooler). Also, try charging your devices in another room at night so you are not tempted to stay up using them in bed.
#4 Changing Your Diet
While there is limited scientific evidence that various foods actually trigger migraines, you may notice certain foods that you seem to have just before a migraine strikes. Now, keep in mind that this may, in part, be due to food cravings that can act as a precursor to migraines. So the foods may not trigger the migraines so much as your desire to eat them is an indicator that the migraine was already on the way. However, you definitely need to avoid anything you are allergic to or have a sensitivity to.
What are some of the foods that people claim often precedes their migraines? Aged cheeses, fermented foods, wine and beer, smoked fish, chocolate, and cured meats top the list. You may want to keep track of these items in your migraine journal.
#5 Try Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic
Upper cervical misalignments can be responsible for central nervous system issues such as inhibited brainstem function or reduced blood flow to the brain. These can also be factors in the onset of migraines. Therefore, correcting misalignments may be a way to get to the underlying issue rather than just trying to avoid triggers.
If you are living with chronic migraines, especially if you often get neck pain before or during a headache, upper cervical chiropractic may be just the natural therapy you’ve been searching for. There’s even a study to support the great results of upper cervical chiropractic. To learn more, contact a practitioner in your area and schedule a no-obligation consultation. We hope this provides you with the relief you are searching for in 2020.