8 Lifestyle & Nutrition Factors in the Prevention of Migraines

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all enjoyed a great weekend.

If you’ve ever had a headache that just wouldn’t go away no matter what you did or what you took, then you have an idea of how painful and difficult it is to live with migraines. For those who suffer from them, it is a recurring problem that can sideline them from life for an entire day.

I find that many migraine sufferers rely on medications that they take as the headache starts to build, hoping to reduce the severity of it. That is certainly one way to approach it. But there are things you can do BEFORE a migraine strikes to keep you from having one at all.

Migraines are an inflammatory response in the body and as with all inflammation, there are dietary considerations that you can look at and change to help you prevent the onset of the attack. There are also lifestyle factors to consider as well as supplements you can try to help thwart this painful condition.

In today’s video I will be talking about 8 lifestyle and nutrition habits you can put into play to help you prevent your next migraine. Every time I have worked with a client with migraines, I need not go past habit #1 to get results. Paying attention to and putting this consideration into action may be enough to help you get rid of migraines forever.

The other 7 habits are important as well, especially if your migraines are severe and frequent, so be sure to watch till the end.

Once you have watched the video, I want to hear from you! Do you have migraines? And if so, what dietary change, lifestyle factor or supplement have you included or changed in your life to give you relief? I’d love to hear your story.

As always, it is a pleasure to be with you on Mondays. I hope you are off to a dynamite week!
xo
B

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14 comments on “8 Lifestyle & Nutrition Factors in the Prevention of Migraines

  1. Avatarlisa

    So much great information ! I grow a lot of Feverfew just for it’s beauty. It is fern-like perennial with tiny daisy-like flowers. Can I use it to make a tea ? I suffer from headaches and nosebleeds. I work at an indoor pool, so I assume it’s from chlorine.
    I try to keep hydrated and into fresh air as soon as possible. Any ideas would be appreciated.

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    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hi Lisa! You can certainly try a tea of feverfew although it won’t be as potent as a supplement, but maybe you won’t need that strong of a dose. Also, if you are getting headaches and nosebleeds as a by-product of chlorine then you may need a detox of some kind. You might want to talk to your doctor or health care provider about doing something to cleanse the system. I have a video on the site about gentle detoxification that might be useful and you can search for. I hope this is helpful~ And I hope you are feeling better soon!
      B

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  2. AvatarMeghan

    I suffered from migraines from the age of 12-25. I never knew what triggered my migraines. I took pain-onset medication and topamax and still suffered from the migraine pain and the side-affects of the meds. Someone referred me to Barbara, we looked at my diet, eliminated dairy and gluten, and I have not had a migraine since! I am medication free, pain free, and give in to the temptation of gluten and dairy only occasionally. I really feel amazing, Barbara is a wealth of knowledge!

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  3. AvatarWendy

    I was diagnosed with Chronic Migraine in 2010 after having migraines for as long as I can remember. Taking the magnesium supplement has helped me so much. First, I had to find the right magnesium because there are many different kinds, I.e. magnesium oxide, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate, and many others. After much internet researchand trying different magnesium types I discovered that the glycinate is the one that works best for me and is recommended for magraineurs.
    Also eliminating MSG from my diet was a huge help. In order to eliminate MSG, I eventually realized I needed to eat a whole food diet. All of the processed food I was eating was overloading my body with MSG. Looking back on my processed food filled diet, it is no wonder my body was screaming at me! I also have acid reflux disease, IBS, IC, anxiety, and depression. I decided I did not want to take all the medicines my doctors gave me but manage my diseases with prevention as much as possible. Just by adjusting my diet I manage all of my diseases and only take the magnesium supplement and something mild for migraine prevention which my doctor is weaning me off of slowly.
    Thank you for sharing this information with your readers/subscribers.

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    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      I am so happy to hear that you built your health from the ground up by changing your diet which in turn, helped support a healthy gastrointestinal tract which then led to improvements in your other symptoms. Changing your diet is the single best thing anyone can do to support a healthy body. Good for you Wendy and thank you for taking the time to share your story!
      Have a great week~
      B

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  4. Avatarlisa

    I have found that my migraines are triggered by not getting enough sleep, not eating on time and fluorescent lighting. Last time all 3 occurred at the same time I had a migraine for an entire week–it was terrible. Exercise and starting a plant based diet has helped to lessen the frequency of my headaches.

    I am interested in trying the CoQ10 as I’ve heard it is also good for clear skin. I know you have some videos on skin–would you be able to do one on controlling acne?

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    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Thanks Lisa! I will certainly put an acne prevention video on my list for future shoots. And I am pleased to hear that you have reduced your migraines by changing your diet…
      Thanks for your note and have a great week~
      B

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  5. Avatarlaura

    Can you give me ,rich in Magnesium food examples please ,? Is castor oil , as skin ointment rich in magnesium too?

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    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hi Laura~ Magnesium containing foods include dark green leafy vegetables, particularly spinach, nuts and seeds, beans and lentils and fish such as mackerel. Castor oil is not a source of magnesium. I hope this helps~
      Best~
      B

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