What Lifestyle Changes, Diet And Supplements Will Help Migraine Sufferers?


Our new understanding of migraine suggests
that migraine is a hereditary disorder. In fact a gene is passed down from one family
member to another, and what we think is happening with this gene is that the migraine brain
is a very over-sensitive brain, and by that I mean those of us who have migraine, myself
included, have a brain that doesn’t do well with change, change in sleeping patterns,
change in the weather, in women change in hormones, that is why migraines tend to occur
around the menstrual cycle. Because migraine sufferers are so sensitive
to change, we try to teach them something called headache hygiene. Things they can do
to help themselves. The pneumonic that I use for my patients is that we want to plant the
SEEDS for success. Now the first S stands for Sleep. We want
our migraine sufferers to sleep regular hours, and that means on the weekends or on vacations,
we do not want them sleeping extra hours because not only just too little sleep cause migraine,
but oversleeping can induce an attack of migraine as well. E stands for Exercise. We want our migraine
sufferers to exercise at least 30 minutes at a time, at least three day per week, and
it is being shown that regular exercises especially regular aerobic exercise can decrease the
frequency of somebody’s migraine. The second E stands for Eating. So not only
do we want migraine sufferers to identify their food triggers if they are present and
avoid those things such as chocolate or cheese or wine or MSG-containing foods. We want them
to eat regularly. Skipping a meal can be just as dangerous to
a migraine sufferer as eating the wrong food. D stands for Drinking. Not only do I want
our sufferers to avoid things that can cause headache, drinks that dehydrate you. Alcoholic beverages or caffeine containing
foods but drink plenty of fluid. I instruct my patients to drink at least five glasses
of water everyday and last S stands for Stress management. Do something for yourself to relax your stress.
If it is walking around the block, taking up a hobby, doing yoga, something you can
do for yourself at your own time to decrease the frequency of the headaches. Now also many migraine sufferers are worst
to taking prevention medication. There are certain herbal products and over-the-counter
products that can be used. Vitamin B2 or riboflavin in high doses, 200
to 400 mg per day has been shown to decrease the frequency of migraine. Magnesium supplementations
or CoQ10 has been shown also to decrease migraine. And lastly the herbal product butterbur has
been shown to help migraine sufferers decreasing the frequency and severity in both children
and adults who suffer from migraine.

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