Experiencing a headache about 4 times a year due to stress or dehydration isn’t reason for concern, but many people have multiple headaches per month or per week. This is a sign of an underlying problem.
At Integrated Wellness Bountiful, we use a combination of highly effective chiropractic and medical treatments to identify and treat the underlying cause of your headache or migraine.
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Fortunately, there are many natural home remedies that can alleviate migraine symptoms so they don’t interfere with your life.
TOP 5 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR MIGRAINES
- Rest — Migraines can serve as indicators that you haven’t been getting enough rest. Try getting some much-deserved shuteye by going to a dark room and lying down for a while. However, if this position makes you feel worse, you can also use a recliner or rocking chair. Foam rolling before bed helps break up muscle tension and enhances quality of sleep.
- Massage — Treat yourself to massage when you feel a migraine coming. This can help relieve tension in your muscles and alleviate migraine pain. If your circumstances don’t allow for a professional massage, you can just rub your temples and back in a circular motion. This will encourage blood flow to the affected areas of your head and consequently reduce pain.
- Deep breathing — Prevent an incoming migraine by doing deep breathing exercises. A commonly used technique for this purpose involves breathing in for six counts, holding it for three, and then letting it out for six counts. You can also try doing some at-home yoga basics since this exercise stresses proper breathing techniques that can help with your migraine.
- Stretching — Sitting at your desk for the entire day can lead to migraines. Prevent this by performing some stretches throughout the work day. This promotes blood flow to your head and neck areas and relieves migraine symptoms.
- Essential oils — Many essential oils have proven to be effective natural remedies against migraines. These include peppermint, lavender, citrus, eucalyptus, and basil essential oil. Use in combination with a cold or warm compress for enhanced effectiveness, or in a warm bath or foot soak with epsom salts to increase magnesium levels. *Studies have shown that a deficiency in magnesium can lead to migraines.
FOODS THAT HELP RELIEVE MIGRAINES
Diet is also an important factor in the prevention and treatment of migraines. There are many foods, including cheese, artificial sweeteners, monosodium glutamate, and sugar, that can serve as migraine triggers. However, there are also a lot of foods that contain important nutrients that help alleviate migraine symptoms. Some examples of these include the following:
- Almonds — Get your daily dose of magnesium from almonds. These nuts are great to snack on and they can even be consumed in the form of milk.
- Ginger — Eating ginger can help reduce the pain and inflammation associated with migraines. Furthermore, it helps calm the digestive system and prevents nausea.
- Salmon — Salmon is rich in omega-3 and other healthy fatty acids that can alleviate pain and inflammation. Try this simple, 3-ingredient recipe to easily make salmon at home.
- Whole grains — Increasing your intake of whole grains like oatmeal and millet provides you with the necessary B-vitamins and magnesium that help alleviate migraine symptoms.
- Spinach — This famous superfood is rich in vitamin B2, a nutrient that helps reduce pain and inflammation. Moreover, eating more spinach can help keep your skin healthy.
Don’t suffer with migraines long-term. If your headaches or migraines continue to be frequent no matter what you try, it’s time to seek medical help. You owe it to yourself to understand your treatment options so you can live pain-free. Book a complimentary migraine consultation today.