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Why Do Some People Suffer from Migraines?
 
 
Unless you’ve lived through repeated migraine headaches, we are not sure how much you can relate to the pain that sufferers feel. A migraine causes severe throbbing pain or painful pulsating sensations. The pain can be on one side of the head, both sides, over the eyes or back of the head. Depending on the severity of the migraine, it can cause nausea, extreme sensitivity to light and sound, lack of appetite, sleep disturbances
and affect mood. They can last for hours or weeks and can impact one’s ability to carry out daily functions. Some migraine sufferers have similar symptoms that lead up to migraines such as a tingling sensation on their head, face, arms or legs. They may have subtle visual disturbances, such as flashes of light. The body seems to gear up for the pending migraine by affecting your bowels (increased constipation), cravings for foods, increased thirst or urination. After a migraine attack, the body feels drained, and even a bit dazed for up to a day afterwards. Many factors may initiate a migraine, but the underlying causes can be related to the nerves and blood vessels surrounding your skull. When blood vessels constrict the pressure of the blood trying to flow through, it can cause several reactions, including triggering inflammatory hormones, and specific peptides that cause migraines. Another possible theory is that misfiring brain cells trigger chemicals, such as serotonin, to send the wrong message and narrow the blood vessels rather than dilate them. New studies are underway to examine a possible disorder with the sensory nerve system. Studies are also continuing to look at the relationship with the endocrine/hormonal system because hormones play a significant role in regulating the vascular system.
 
 
Finding A Common Denominator and Solution For Migraines
 
 
The common denominator for migraines is the vascular system, which is responsible for the dilation and constriction of blood vessels. With this understanding, perhaps a long-term cure for migraines is not far off. But what can you do today? There are prescribed medications for migraine sufferers, which need to be considered pending the severity and frequency of the migraines. However, you can also try to manage them naturally, although the process takes some dedication — journal your migraines. You need to journal what happens leading up to a migraine, including the foods you ate, the time of the month (hormonal), and how much water you drank or did not drink. This first step is essential as an allergy can trigger a migraine, and it
can be something very innocuous such as chocolate, sugar, alcohol, cheese, meats, gluten, dairy, etc.

Take supplements like magnesium. There is growing evidence that migraine sufferers are deficient in this mineral. To help prevent migraines, take a magnesium supplement every day before bed — at least 400-500 mg. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxer and can also help induce sleep. Sisu Relaxation Magnesium is an excellent choice for use in the evening. It is a powdered drink. Otherwise, look for Magnesium Bisglycinate as it is a bit gentler on the bowels. (Magnesium taken in a high dose can cause loose bowels). We also suggest keeping chewable magnesium with you at all times. When you feel those first warning signs of a migraine, chew magnesium to help relax blood vessels and muscle tension. Natural Factors Chewable Magnesium is an excellent choice. Natural Factors also makes chewable ginger, which is an excellent option to have with you to help reduce nausea. Natural supplements for migraines are more preventative than reactive. If you are prone to migraines, consider either Butterbur (also known as Coltsfoot) or Feverfew. Butterbur helps reduce the inflammatory effects of the chemical in the brain that triggers headaches. It also acts like a beta-blocker, helping with normal blood flow to the brain. Feverfew helps reduce the frequency of headaches and their symptoms by blocking the pain signals to the brain. Both of these supplements need to be taken daily as a preventative to reduce the severity of a migraine. Bell Migraid Headache Relief provides a combination of all products mentioned above. For immediate relief mix peppermint and lavender essential oils and apply to the areas of pain to help increase blood flow to the area. Check with your healthcare provider if you have medical conditions that may interact with the herbal products mentioned.
 
 
Resources
 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21394197
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22426836
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK507271/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22683887
 
 
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