If you are struggling with migraine headaches, most probably you have been suffering for some time and have been taking all kinds of pain killers and told by your doctor to live with this chronic problem forever.
As a holistic nutritionist in Oakville, I see so many clients who suffer from migraine headaches. They come to me because their migraine headaches are interfering with their daily life activities, limiting their potentials and leaving them feeling depressed and unsatisfied. Pain killers are not working anymore and they need more medications to stop the pain.
The good news is that migraine headache is not a chronic disease anymore. It is completely reversible with a personalized holistic nutrition protocol that comprises proper diet, supplements and a healthy lifestyle.
Contrary to popular belief that chronic headaches and migraines are psychological, the truth is that chronic headaches and migraines are caused by a deficiency of the brain chemical serotonin which is usually genetically based. This alters the physiology of the blood vessels, pain receptors and other elements in the brain and produce headaches.
It is not enough to be genetically predisposed to headaches and migraines but usually there are many triggers or precipitating factors which include foods, hidden food allergies or intolerances, stress, lack of sleep, hormonal imbalance and low blood sugar levels. There could be also underlying nutritional deficiencies especially vitamin B6 and magnesium. All these factors can be ruled out using a thorough nutrition assessment and a food diary.
Food allergy testing is very helpful in detection of hidden or delayed food allergies which are big contributors to migraine headaches in many cases. This is a reliable blood test that measures antibodies to a wide food panel. Results show the degree of reaction to each tested food and give you a solid protocol for your diet choices based on your test results.
Migraine headaches can also be a symptom of toxicity and an overburdened liver caused by pain killers and other toxins. Cleansing the diet can help reduce the toxic load and support elimination organs to get rid of stored toxins.
Here are 5 simple tips from a holistic nutritionist for migraine headaches’sufferers
- Make sure to have a regular eating schedule
- Go to bed early and get enough sleep hours
- Eat a natural whole foods diet with lots of brightly colored raw vegetables and fruits
- Avoid these trigger foods: refined sugar, food additives especially monosodium glutamate (MSG), aspartame, aged cheese, chocolate, caffeine, and alcohol
- Reduce stress in your life by practicing deep breathing, meditation or yoga regularly
As a former medical doctor and a holistic nutritionist in Oakville, I can assure you that the treatment of chronic migraine headaches is not in medications. Pain killers might work at times but they are just a band aid that do not solve the cause of your problem. On the contrary they can create more problems for you on the long run. Actually some migraine medications list headaches as a side effect of their use.
If you are a migraine sufferer, there are a variety of natural strategies for you to try, including proper diet, nutritional supplements, stress management and many other factors.
You can get over your migraine headaches without drugs. Start with the five tips included above and let me know about your experience!
If you need help with your health and nutrition, CALL Healthy U Turn at 416 876 4634 to book an appointment OR Sign up for a FREE Clarity Session with holistic nutritionist, Dr Maha Nasr to discuss your health concerns and learn more about how we can help.