This research is dedicated to a very special person in my life, who I love unconditionally; and suffers from migraines.
The pains from migraines can be debilitating; they can disrupt your daily routine be it work, leisure or studies.
A migraine is a severe headache, usually on one side of the head and often accompanied by nausea or light sensitivity.(health line)
A recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.(ditionary)
A condition marked by recurring moderate to severe headache, with throbbing pain that usually lasts from four hours to 3 days, typically begins on one side of the head but may spread to both sides, is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light or sound, and is sometimes preceded by an aura an is often followed by fatigue. (Webster Dictionary.)
There is no known cure for migraines but they may be plants and herbs to help relieve pain and offer some relief.
There are some foods and drinks that may trigger migraines such as potato chips, dairy products and caffeine.
The more I research plant based diets the more I am convinced that an adoption of a plant based diet s the best kept secret to longevity and healthy living.
1. Dark leafy greens, like kale, spinach, beet greens, and amaranth leaves, arugula, artichoke, almond salad.
Nuts and Seeds; almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, walnuts.
100% whole grains
Cold Water Fish.- salmon, sardines, herrings, halibut, tuna.
Triggers of Migraines
Hormonal fluctuations during a period or pregnancy may trigger a migraine.
If you are prone to migraines avoid foods that contain a lot of sodium, foods with monosodium glutamate (MSG) or artificial sweeteners.
Other things to be aware of are stress, alcohol, changes in the weather, sleeping habits and certain medications.
Triggering foods and additives
Wheat including pasta and bread products
Nitrates found in foods
Alcohol, especially red wine
Aspartame (food additive; sweetener)
Eggs and Nuts
The verdict is out on these two items; they are listed as triggers and preventers, how can they be both? Until I can find research to substantiate the findings,I will refrain from offering an opinion. Please consult a doctor of natural medicine.
If there are certain times when you are likely to suffer from migraines; record the foods and drinks that you consume; the information may be very helpful in the future.
When the suspected time is approaching, like a period, control and monitor your diet; Use the list of recommended foods.
Be cautious how you eliminate foods the triggers migraines; one or two at a time and monitor results.
Keep a diary of your daily diet and pay close attention when migraines flare up.
Drink plenty water
Avoid stress, If you live near a beach, take advantage by making regular visits or take a walk in a park with lots of green, trees, lawns, plants for example.
Keep your weight under control. Obesity can be a factor.
During my researsh there was a mention of a list of fish to avoid usually salt water fish; please google this list for your own information.
For further reading search the topic on health line, WebMd or the Migraine foundation. There are several sites if you care to look further.
All May Ffit One-My slogan for a plant-based diet for healthy living.