If you have ever had a migraine headache, you know how life altering it can be. While both men and women can experience migraines, it is experienced more in women, and can often be heightened during menopause, perimenopause, and ovulation. This is often referred to as hormonal migraines.
These migraines usually are temporal and unilateral, and often include irritability, nausea, vomiting, and more. Many alternative thinking health professionals believe that all migraines originate in the stomach, and because of the hormonal changes a women experiences during menopause, etc., it is even harder for the system to handle.
The wrong combination of foods, overeating, eating junk food, and more can cause fermentation in the intestines and stomach. This can cause gas that will enter the blood stream and cause irritation on the nerves and brain. If you experience pressure in your temple or forehead area, it typically indicates that you have stomach issues. If you experience a throbbing pain, it typically indicates that you have congestion in your liver, spleen, or digestive tract.
There are things that you can do to help combat hormonal migraines, such as:
1) Eat a healthy diet. Foods such as almonds, almond milk, watercress, parsley, fennel, garlic, fresh cherries, and fresh pineapple can help alleviate migraines.
2) There are some herbal remedies that have been shown to help with migraines, including, feverfew, cayenne, ginger, peppermint, and passionflower. Always consult a natural health professional before taking these herbal remedies.
3) You should avoid all fried and greasy foods, as well as sugary and starchy foods.
4) Omit foods from your diet that contain the amino acid, Tyramine. These include aged meats, avocados, bananas, cabbage, canned fish, eggplant, potatoes, raspberries, tomatoes, and dairy products.
5) You should eat a diet of simple carbs and protein.
6) Avoid constipation.
7) Get massages on a regular basis in your neck, shoulder and back areas.
8) Eat small nutritious meals throughout the day – do not skip meals!
9) Listen to music, it has a calming effect and can help relieve migraines.
10) Some have found that acupuncture and acupressure help control migraines.
11) Chiropractic treatments and foot reflexology have been shown to help with nerve stimulation.
12) Make sure that you are getting an adequate of Vitamin A, B-Complex, Vitamin C, Calcium, Magnesium, Selenium, Zinc, Lecithin, and Essential fatty acids.
13) Exercise, such as yoga, has been proven to help combat migraines.
Tackling hormonal migraines is no fun. There are natural ways in which you can give your body what it needs to help balance the hormonal changes experienced during menopause, perimenopause, and ovulation. You do not need to suffer any longer.
NOTE: Always consult with your physician before taking any new supplements, vitamins or medications.