Migraines are debilitating and can put people into a cycle of either having one, or recovering from one in acute situations. I suffered when I was a kid and the only thing that got rid of it was if I vomited. Instant relief. Not the best treatment though. I didn’t eat chocolate, only white chocolate, no beef hot dogs, no cheese, or peanut butter. Back then it was a Feingold diet in avoiding salicylates that’s now used for ADHD successfully, and that’s what my mum put in place for me. Fast forward to perimenopause, the migraines are back and when one hits, you’ll find me curled up in bed for at least 8 hours trying to sleep it off.
Note: Symptoms of migraines includesensory warning symptoms or signs (auras), such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in an arm or leg. A migraine is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
What about food these days? An article just came out suggesting that eating green leafy veggies helps. The article highlighted the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods and the subject of this article not only lessened his 6 migraines a month to one, but his seasonal allergies vanished too.
Eating a predominantly plant based diet, without dairy, red meat, whole grains, starchy vegetables, and oils. The more colourful the foods, the better. Does this mean you have to ditch your coffee too? It can be a trigger as can chocolate for many. About 30% of migraine sufferers can pinpoint a food as a trigger. If you’re just starting, focusing on an anti-inflammatory diet - listen to episode 67, start taking my Take This by Lianne Kid Boost as it’s a superfood antioxidant powder, and move towards as many colourful vegetables and fruits as possible. Of course there’s more to this, like including oily fish and good fats, but to start here is only going to help.
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