Here Is How To End A Migraine Naturally
While there are many natural treatments that are effective at the onset of a migraine headache, it has been proven the way to end a migraine naturally involves lifestyle choices, such as adopting a plant-based diet. .
Migraine statistics are dismal. In the United States more than thirty-seven million people – that’s thirteen percent of the population, suffer from migraines. Two to three million migraine suffers are chronic with almost five million people in the United States experiencing at least one migraine attack per month. More than eleven million people blame migraines for causing moderate to severe disability. If you've ever had a migraine, you know the suffering.
When you're in the throws of a migraine you want relief fast. That’s usually what propels you to reach for one or many medications until the pain stops. Only, three days into the migraine, you’re still suffering and trying to get through your day-to-day life. What is more, the migraines are recurring because despite desperate attempts you’ve still not uncovered what triggers the trigger.
Understanding The Causes
There are several reasons why you can get a migraine, but many migraines are diet- related. Let’s get real; the Standard American Diet is crap. Still, it’s not so much that you’re eating high amounts of fast and processed foods, drinking excessive amounts of coffee or diet soda each day, eating loads of chocolate, drinking alcohol, or that you’re unknowingly intolerant to dairy products, eggs and wheat. It’s actually what you’re not eating that may trigger a migraine.
In many more cases however, there are other underlying chronic conditions that are viral such as Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) and low grade bacterial conditions such as Streptococcus that are an underlying cause of migraines, according to Anthony William, author of Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic And Mystery Illness And How To Finally Heal, since EBV can inflame the central nervous system. If you’ve had mononucleosis in your lifetime or tested positive for EBV, or if you’ve had chronic ear infections along with throat and sinus issues and been diagnosed with strep as a child, either of these may be an underlying cause of migraines.
What The Brain Needs To Function Correctly
In understanding brain basics, it’s important to remember that migraines are a symptom, not a disease. When you view migraines in this way, you can look deeper into the cause of the migraine instead of just accepting the migraine as the disease.
The so-called common triggers of a migraine aren’t always what cause them. To illustrate, missing a meal may seem like a trigger for a migraine, but it isn’t because you missed the meal. It may be more because your body, particularly your brain, is low on what it needs to function properly. When you understand this as a deeper cause of migraine headache, you can take a more direct approach to healing.
So while improper diet certainly plays a role in migraines, often it’s what the brain is chronically lacking that leaves it open to reacting to what you’re eating.
You may or may not be surprised to learn that your brain uses much of your body’s energy. At least twenty-five percent of your body’s energy is used on brain function. The brain consistently needs two things to function optimally: mineral salts and glucose. High protein, low carbohydrate diets and diets high in fast and processed foods, can leave you deficient in both. With the brain not getting what it needs to function properly, it is open to stress and inflammation.
A sure-fire way to get instant relief from a migraine is to drink at least sixteen ounces of fresh organic celery juice -- straight up, once or twice a day. Do this on an empty stomach at the onset of a migraine episode, since celery juice is extremely powerful and provides both glucose and mineral salts to balance out deficiencies in the brain.
Other natural treatments that take down a migraine when you feel one coming on include:
- Lemon balm, which has a calming effect on the nervous system.
- Ginger tea or water, which a highly effective anti-spasmodic and can alleviate the pounding. Use fresh ginger if you have it.
- Raw Organic Honey, is highly medicinal, a probiotic, and a favorite source of glucose known to have positive effects on brain function.
Be Nourished, Not Fed To End A Migraine
Nourishing yourself versus feeding yourself is the difference between healing and hurting when it comes to migraines. There are many who report that changing their diet has had a major impact on stopping migraines permanently.
Eating a high carbohydrate, low fat, plant-based diet will not only lessen migraine episodes, it could ensure never getting a migraine again according to a study published in The Journal of Headache And Pain. Not only because of its eliminative effects and gut health benefits, which may also contribute to migraines, but because of it’s healing effects on the body as a whole.
A low-fat, plant-based diet, high in quality carbohydrates, such as nourishing fruits and vegetables, will lower inflammation in the body, moving the body toward health and the homeostasis it craves and requires to function optimally.