Is Diet and Nutrition Proactive or Useless
for Preventing Migraines?

30th April, 2011 - Issue #002 – Nutrition

Welcome to Part 1b of my 6 Part series of aspects to cover for Migraine health and well being.

Physical – Emotional – Intellectual – Social – Spiritual – Financial

Editors Note: Our Migraines can keep us healthy – if we let them – and nutrition is a KEY factor! I hope this information about nutrition, facts, and tips help you find your way to optimum nutrition to reduce the frequency and severity of your migraines. There are so many things to consider and so little space, so let’s get started with some basics!

Part 1b - Physical – Nutrition

Eating regularly to keep your blood sugar levels balanced is important.

Choose to eat things that will support your energy long term like – adding a little avocado, or cheese (if it’s not a trigger) with an apple or fruit. I don’t have to tell you to stay away from your food triggers, my attacks have conditioned me not to eat or crave chocolate ever since my first Kit Kat chocolate bar Migraine back in 1992. In fact, I struggle to see why everyone grows so addicted to it. More on emotions later...

Basic Info

Some attacks can be from dehydration, so drinking water is very important. The way you drink is also important. Try sipping a little (filtered if you can) water every 15 minutes or every half hour. Do not wait until you are thirsty, you are already dehydrating if you are thirsty.

A little yogi told me to put a little apple juice in your water to rehydrate the brain. The sweet passes through the blood brain barrier more effectively than just plain water.

Eat regular meals and have small snacks. Don’t skip meals – EVER! Make sure you include protein in each meal, don’t eat when you feel overly emotional and always chew your food thoroughly and slowly. It enhances digestion. Oh dear – do I sound like your Mother?

Another good tip, if you think your Migraines are related to poor digestion – is to add from a teaspoon to a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and sip it while you eat.

In Dr. Andrew Weil’s book ”8 Weeks to Optimum Health” he has a fantastic week by week plan to change your habits and your whole lifestyle. So each week he asks you to add vitamins, minerals, exercising, and meditation. With Nutrition he asks you to add one thing each week - for example I did things like:

Week 1 – Take Vitamin C and linseed's. (Click here for easy recipe ).

Week 2 – Add mixed carotene's, try soy product and check water filter for heavy metals.

Week 3 – Add Vitamin E and selenium, add one extra fruit, and buy yourself or someone else flowers.

Week 4 – Try garlic, stretch and experiment with breath work.

Week 5 – Focus on ginger this week, stewed fruit, try Daikon, and Miso soup.

You get the picture!

If you are unable to traverse the internet alone and want to figure out some good basic nutrition strategies, then Dr. Andrew Weil’s website is fantastic resource. For more details on Migraine from Dr. Weil, please click here .

Ask the Editor:

Do you have a question you’d like to ask the editor on this topic? If so please click here to Contact Me. I will respond as soon as possible.

YOUR INPUT – Give YOUR Migraine A Voice

This is a safe forum to express your troubles – tell your story – show your art - find solutions with new ideas - and get professional health advice . Just click on the links underlined above if you would like to contribute.

Remember that your contribution will help others too! We are not in this alone, even though it feels like it most of the time. Our stories and input can help each other.

My Question to You

Have you been proactive and changed your diet and nutrition – what did you do - did it help – or was it useless? We’d love to hear from you. Click here to tell us.

The next issue is: Issue 3 - Part 1c - Physical – Taking Your Medications?

Migraineurs: Get the Meds you need!

Nothing has been more vital in my life than finding the right pain medication. I pooh poohed pills for over 10 years. I gave up and then came back to it again and again, but finally I found a triptan that worked...

I hope you ENJOYED this issue of The Pain Chronicles!

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Talk to you next month, until then, I wish you many Migraine FREE days.

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