Migraines are never (ever) fun. They are uncomfortable and often hinder our ability to perform day to day activities. Luckily, there are strategies to help.
At Purely B, we are big proponents of the "prevention is better than curing" philosophy, so let us look at hacks and habits that will help to prevent migraines from coming around as well as ways to naturally help treat them.
4 Ways to Prevent Migraines Naturally
Certain foods can be triggers. One of those foods is processed meats (sausages, deli meats, canned meats, etc) which contain nitrates. Another food to avoid is cheese. And unfortunately, red wine. If it needs to be said, it’s also best to completely eliminate monosodium glutamate (MSG) and stay away from processed and pickled foods and beans, excess dairy and cold foods (like ice-cream and iced coffee).
The avoid list may be long, but the food you should be having more of is ginger (drink it as tea, include it in meals or even have it candied). Some migraine sufferers have even found that minimal amounts of tea and coffee have helped them alleviate symptoms of migraines, so give that a go. Lastly, make sure you are getting enough magnesium, as a deficiency is linked to migraines.
AcupressureThis is the process of applying pressure with fingers to specific points on the body to relieve pain and other symptoms. Acupressure is known to be helpful for throbbing pain as well as nausea. The six main points to note are: forehead region; third eye (point between the eyebrows where the forehead meets the bridge of the nose); bright light (the point in the inner corner of the eye below the brows); temple region (various points that curl around the ear starting from the top of the ear; nose point (two points located at both sides of the nostrils); hands (specifically the point between the thumb and index finger); foot (point between your big toe and your second toe on each foot). These points need to be gently pressed into for at least fifteen minutes each day. We recommend focusing on a few points each session, instead of trying to cover all each time.
MassageMassaging the muscles around the bottom of your head, back of the neck, shoulders and upper back can lessen the intensity of your migraine symptoms because it encourages blood flow to those areas and relieves tension and helps with stress. It is important to find a professional masseuse because incorrect massages can do a lot of damage. If you prefer to massage yourself or do so at home, rolling a tennis ball along your neck and shoulders is a safe option.
Yoga, Stretching & BreathworkRegular yoga and stretching increases blood flow and is great for not only management of migraines but also to help prevent them. These practices encourage mindful breathing and in turn, provide more oxygen to the brain. Breathwork, a technique that manipulates the breath, is also very helpful because it forces us to consciously take in more air. When we increase our breathing, we invite blood to rush to our head, which brings with it excess oxygen. A fully oxygenated brain will quickly restore itself.