Healing Migraines With Food

I would not wish a migraine on my worst enemy. If you have migraines, I know you understand. My migraines began at age 20. They started monthly but soon became every two weeks. They lasted for 26 years. I have tried almost every preventative drug out there and still no relief, and I hated the side effects! Several years ago, I embarked on a journey of healing through food, and I am rid of my migraines for good! I can’t describe how incredibly freeing it is to not be worrying about when my next migraine will come. Below are some examples of what I have implemented in my life to help me become migraine free.
1) Eat your green, leafy veggies.
Veggies like collard greens, bok choy, spinach, kale, lettuce, mustard greens, turnip greens and Swiss chard provide the body with all kinds of wonderful vitamins and minerals like E, C, K, beta carotene, potassium, magnesium and folate. Low magnesium levels have shown to be a migraine trigger.
Also, green, leafy veggies with their high fiber and water content slow absorption of carbs which help stabilize blood sugar.
2) Cut processed sugar from your diet.
Too much sugar causes inflammation in your body and causes blood sugar to spike and dip. Long-lasting inflammation can cause migraines. Choose whole foods like nuts, seeds, fruit, vegetables, whole grains and beans over highly processed foods like cookies, granola bars, chips and candy.
3) Add healthy fats to your diet.
Olives, olive oil, nuts, seeds, avocado and fatty fish combat inflammation and provide your brain with the fat it needs to fight fatigue, sharpen memory, balance mood swings and reduce migraines.
4) Reduce stress.
Stress increases inflammation in the body. If stress is not dealt with, over time it can become chronic. Chronic stress keeps the body in a constant state of havoc. Chronic stress causes cortisol levels to remain high which keep blood sugar levels high, narrows arteries, and reduces digestion. All of these factors can contribute to migraines. Therefore, it is so important to focus on ways to reduce stress daily. Exercise, yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and listening to music are good ways to help you wind down and keep chronic stress away.

I hope you found these examples helpful. If you incorporated any of these into your lifestyle, and they helped reduce your migraines, please share! Here’s to a migraine free life!

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