To Top Skip to content

Archives

Migraines & Mood Could Lead to Depression & Anxiety

Migraine is very disabling, which takes a toll on mood which can lead to depression and anxiety.

As if living with the debilitating pain and other disturbing symptoms of chronic migraine wasn’t enough, combine it with a psychiatric disorder and quality of life drastically declines for many migraineurs. Comorbidity means two chronic diseases or conditions existing simultaneously in a patient.  Chronic migraine is often comorbid with psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorders, and bipolar disorder. However, migraineurs have a reported 2- to 4-fold increase in lifetime risk of developing a major depressive disorder.

People with migraine may be at even higher risk of anxiety. A 2017 study found that, compared with those without migraine, individuals with migraine were 25 times more likely to feel nervous or anxious on a daily basis.  Also, people who experience migraine earlier in life are more likely to develop depression, and vice versa, over the course of their lifetime. Migraine sufferers who also experience depression should know the signs of both ailments since each might be at a higher risk for the other condition.

WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

According to the DSM-IV, a manual used to diagnose mental disorders, depression occurs when you have at least five of the following nine symptoms at the same time:

  • a depressed mood during most of the day, particularly in the morning
  • fatigue or loss of energy almost every day
  • feelings of worthlessness or guilt almost every day
  • impaired concentration, indecisiveness
  • insomnia or hypersomnia (excessive sleeping) almost every day
  • markedly diminished interest or pleasure in almost all activities nearly every day
  • recurring thoughts of death or suicide (not just fearing death)
  • a sense of restlessness — known as psychomotor agitation — or being slowed down – retardation
  • significant weight loss or gain (a change of more than 5% of body weight in a month)

WHAT IS A MIGRAINE?

Migraine is a common, multifactorial, disabling, recurrent, hereditary neurovascular headache disorder. (2)

The frequency and intensity of migraines can vary among sufferers but commonly is characterized by

  • a throbbing headache often localized to one side of the head
  • intense head pain usually gradual in onset, then progressively more painful.
  • sometimes accompanied by a pronounced sensitivity to light and sound or nausea and vomiting.
  • a dull, deep and steady pain or throbbing and pulsating if severe
  • can occur any time of the day, though it often starts in the morning.
  • pain in the temples or behind one eye or ear, although any part of the head can be involved.
  • may be accompanied by a variety of sensory warning signs or symptoms, such as flashes of light, blind spots, temporary loss of vision, or tingling in your hand or face (MIGRAINE WITH AURA)
  • pain lasting a few hours or up to one or two days,
  • occurrence varies – once or twice a week, or only once or twice a year

It is suggested that migraines and depression are bidirectional, meaning that people who experience migraine earlier in life are more likely to develop depression, and vice versa, over the course of their lifetime.

Because of the migraine-depression connection, I wanted to bring up a topic I covered in an earlier MigreLief Blog Post – the danger migraineurs face when attempting to treat both depression and migraine headaches at the same time with prescription drugs.

WARNING:  ANTI-DEPRESSANTS AND MIGRAINE DRUGS –
POSSIBLY A LETHAL COMBINATION!

Migraine sufferers should be aware of the dangers of combining some anti-depressants with prescription migraine medications.  Unfortunately, the mechanism of action of many antidepressants is to increase serotonin (a feel-good neurotransmitter) levels in the brain. Triptan drugs like Imitrex, which are used to reduce or end the pain of a migraine attack also work by stimulating serotonin receptors.

This combination of antidepressants and triptan migraine drugs, can lead to too much serotonin in the brain. This is not good and can result in a potentially life-threatening condition known as “serotonin syndrome.”

In some people, just the use of triptans drugs such as Imitrex or Zomig alone can result in unhealthy levels of serotonin, leading to serotonin syndrome. This risk increases substantially if these people are also taking an antidepressant like Pristiq or any other of several antidepressants known either as SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) or SNRI (serotonin-noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors).

The symptoms of “Serotonin Syndrome” are:

Rapid heart rate and high blood pressure
Agitation or restlessness
Confusion
Dilated pupils
Loss of muscle control or twitching muscles
Heavy sweating
Diarrhea
Headache
Goosebumps
Shivering

In severe cases of serotonin syndrome life-threatening symptoms can occur:

High Fever
Seizures
Irregular heartbeat
Unconsciousness

Sad moods are not among the typical migraine triggers, but some migraineurs notice that they experience sad moods before migraines occur—especially premenstrual migraines. There appears to be increasing evidence that there are a number of links between migraine and depression. As researchers explore these links, findings may eventually lead to insights about the etiology—and potentially even treatment, of the two conditions. People with migraines and comorbid psychiatric or mood disorders often need treatments that address both conditions, as well as management of sleep, stress, nutrition and lifestyle issues.

If you and your physician decide to use a combination of anti-depressant and migraine drugs, you must be monitored very closely for any of these signs and symptoms of serotonin syndrome.  When it comes to migraine and depression, never underestimate the power of nutrition.  If you are not familiar with the MigreLief line of nutritional support for migraines sufferers for over 25 years, visit MigreLief.com for more information.

For positive mood support, consider an effective combination supplement containing the following ingredients: saffron, rhodiola, 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP), and methyl-folate at the dosages proven effective in human clinical studies. Learn more.

Saffron is an impressive botanical known in traditional medicine and backed by growing science for its’ neuroprotective effect and mood balance.

Rhodiola has multiple science-backed benefits, including support for sufferers of mood imbalances and fatigue.

5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is a precursor to the neurotransmitter serotonin, an important “messenger” in the body needed for healthy nerve and brain function, as well as having a significant role in emotional mood and well-being.

Folate (methylfolate) is a naturally occurring B vitamin needed to sustain healthy levels of three important neurotransmitters in the body: serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine (known as the natural feel-good chemical in the brain). Serotonin helps regulate mood, occasional anxiety, and other functions, while norepinephrine helps mobilize the brain for action and can improve energy and attentiveness. Experts have suggested that supplementing with less than 1mg of folic acid can be useful in managing mood imbalances.

What else can you do?

There are also a few other effective lifestyle choices you can make to support a healthy, positive mood. Studies have shown that individuals who have no exercise in their lives are 44% more likely to experience low moods compared to those who get even 1 or 2 hours of exercise a week. And if that exercise is outdoors, all the better because sun exposure allows the body to produce vitamin D, which is great for your mood. Also known to be helpful are 20 minutes of meditation during the day, cognitive behavioral therapy, and diet changes—especially limiting sugar, alcohol, and gluten. And check any meds you are taking for potential side effects to make sure they are not contributing to how you are feeling.

To the Best of Health

Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.

 

 

 

 

 

For more health tips, help for migraine headaches, coupons and more, visit MigreLief.com and subscribe to our newsletter!

 

 

Holiday Stress – Tis the Season for Migraines

Winter holidays are the most festive occasions of the year, providing an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends. They can also lead to an onslaught of responsibilities and chores; shopping, gift wrapping, baking, cooking and cleaning are just a few things that might overwhelm us this time of year. With holiday joy comes holiday stress and for migraine sufferers, stress can easily trigger bad headaches or migraines that can interfere with finishing holiday errands, let alone enjoying the season.

So, let’s look at what makes the holidays so stressful and how you can combat it.

Why Are Holidays So Stressful?

  • Winter Blues: The cold weather does not make it any easier. Sometimes, the dull and gloomy weather outside starts to project on your mood as well. The lack of sunshine can get you a little depressed and the festive season doesn’t seem so jolly anymore. Feelings of sadness that last throughout the holiday season—especially during the months of November and December.  For some people, holidays can be a period of painful reflection, sadness, loneliness, anxiety, and depression.
  • Financial Strains: Holidays can also get expensive. If you have a big family, you’re probably buying a lot of gifts and your savings are taking a huge hit, which can lead to stress.
  • Unhappy Memories: Most of the time, reminiscing with your family is great. It feels good to relive childhood memories. However, not all memories are happy. You might be missing the presence of a loved one who has passed away or maybe your children were not able to join you for Christmas this year.
  • Nosy Relatives: You have to spend your holidays socializing with people that you were dodging all year. Questions regarding your career and love life may come up and if you’re not in a good place, it will most likely stress you out.
  • Workplace: So, your boss has decided to make you work right up until Christmas Eve. This means you have not had much time to finish all your errands and you’re probably loaded on caffeine to keep yourself going.
  • COVID-19 pandemic still underway: The warm holiday traditions you cherish may still be upended, but your family’s safety comes first.  Wear masks when appropriate and practice basic safety hygiene.

You may be experiencing some of the above stresses, maybe all or maybe more, but despair not!
You can effectively cope with the holiday madness with the tips below.

headaches during holiday

Tips for Combating Holiday Stress & Migraines

While it can be frustrating, recognize that some unforeseen circumstances are out of your control. Instead of focusing on what you can’t control, focus on what you can.

  • Embrace Winter: Don’t let winter ruin your holiday celebration. Instead, enjoy what winter has to offer. Take your kids out to the front yard and build a snowman. Go ice skating, enjoy the festive music in the mall while you shop, and grab a warm cup of coffee or tea.
  • Plan Ahead and Ask for Help: Make a to-do list and keep things simple.  Don’t take everything on yourself – don’t be afraid to ask for help and delegate when you can. Plan out all you need to do so you don’t fall behind on your errands and then get stressed about it.  Avoid putting off your shopping until the last minute.  Noisy, bright-lighted shopping malls filled with strong scents and long lines are the last place you want to be if you are prone to migraines.
  • Take Time Out to Relax and Remember to Breathe: When we are stressed our breathing pattern changes. The primary role of breathing is to absorb oxygen and to expel carbon dioxide through the movement of the lungs. Typically, an anxious person takes small, shallow breaths, using their shoulders rather than their diaphragm to move air in and out of their lungs. This style of breathing disrupts the balance of gases in the body and can prolong feelings of stress and anxiety by worsening the physical symptoms of stress. So, remember to control your breathing and take a few deep breaths to stay relaxed.
  •  Exercise:  Even if it’s only taking a short walk get a little exercise daily.
  • Avoid Migraine Triggers: Some triggers can’t be avoided, changes in barometric pressure, holiday noise, bright lights, and scents. However, some triggers you can avoid…
    • Nitrate-rich foods (cheese, processed meats, ham, etc.)
    • Chocolate
    • Caffeinated beverages
    • Alcohol (red wine & beer)
    • Lack of Sleep
  • If you drink, do so in moderation: “Does alcohol trigger migraines?” is a question as old as time itself. The truth is that the relationship between alcohol and migraines is not fully understood, and while some migraineurs seem to tolerate most kinds of alcohol just fine, others can get a raging migraine after a couple of sips. These holidays, avoid migraines by erring on the side of caution and drinking in moderation if you are going to drink at all. Avoid red wine, which has substances known to trigger migraines, and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

As you run around shopping, attending to last-minute details, and staying out a little too late at that office party, you may find yourself getting less sleep than usual. This can be a huge trigger for migraines.  Though sometimes it is unavoidable, do your best to get 6-8 hours of sleep nightly.  If you have an occasion where that isn’t possible, at least try to squeeze in an afternoon nap the next day. If your occasional sleeplessness is ongoing, consider taking an effective natural sleep supplement.

Seasonal parties and alcohol seem to go hand in hand. Unfortunately, alcohol and migraines also go hand in hand.  Hydration is your best line of defense. Make sure, before, during, and after consuming alcohol, you make sure to consume water.  Healthy snacks every hour or so can prevent drops in blood sugar which can also trigger migraines and headaches.

Despite all the stress, many consider the holidays their favorite time of year, and you can too! Don’t let the fear of stress or migraines ruin your seasonal festivities. As long as you are aware and prepared, you will decrease your risk of holiday migraines.

If do you feel a migraine coming on take fast-acting MigreLief-NOW as early as possible to provide nutritional support that can be very helpful.

If stress is something that’s part of your daily life consider using AKESO’s Calm and Clever unique formulation for reducing stress and anxiety while enhancing focus, memory, and recall.  If you are prone to mood issues, consider Akeso’s new Resilient Mood nutritional supplement that supports feel-good neurotransmitters and helps balance mood and positive outlook.

Have the happiest and safest of holidays.

Best wishes from all of us at Akeso Health Sciences.

 

Lifestyle Changes Decrease Risk of Migraines in Teens

Can lifestyle changes decrease the risk of chronic migraine in teens?

I have written many articles about  preventing chronic migraines being the logical and healthier option than a lifetime of treating them with pain-killing over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription drugs.

Rebound headaches from over-using the pain-killing option are a known fact and the extra migraines caused by this over-use are referred to as “Medication Over-Use Headaches (MOH).

So while I have written about natural options that have been clinically shown to prevent a percentage of migraines from occurring and to reduce the intensity of those migraines that do occur, studies suggest lifestyle changes can help to prevent migraines as well.

Back in 2010 a Norway study examined, interviewed, and had 5,847 teenagers fill out lifestyle questionnaires. Analysis of the data yielded some interesting, and perhaps, not surprising results:

  • Smoking increased the risk of chronic headaches like migraines by 50%
  • Being overweight increased the risk by 40%
  • Being physically inactive increased the risk by 20%

The authors found that as the presence of unhealthy lifestyle choices and factors increased, the risk to teenagers of chronic headaches or migraines increased substantially.

A more recent systematic review, Lifestyle Modifications to Help Prevent Headache at a Developmental Age, discusses the “lifestyle recommendations” for young headache and migraine sufferers as a perfect balance between regular sleep and meals, adequate hydration, limited consumption of caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol, regular physical activity to avoid being overweight as well as any other elements causing stress.  The review concluded “Homeostasis and regularity are important in the pediatric population that suffers from headaches, particularly during the challenging time of childhood and adolescent life.  Lifestyle recommendations should play a crucial role in the management of headache.”

Struggling with a debilitating migraine disorder is frustrating for both parents and their children. Finding the right treatment or combination of therapies is key.  A combination of lifestyle adjustments and nutritional supplements containing ingredients with proven benefits for young migraine sufferers may be life-changing for families.

To the best of health,

Curt Hendrix M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.

 

5 Recommended Habits for a Healthier Brain

How to Maintain a Healthier Brain

Your brain and spinal cord — together, the central nervous system — control every single aspect of your existence. They’re responsible for every thought, emotion, and desire that you feel, and are also in charge of fine-tuning most of your inner functions, like your temperature, heart rate, breathing, and much more.

But as life expectancy expands, neurological disorders and age-related cognitive decline have become a major cause for concern. As a result, cases of Alzheimer’s disease are on the rise. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “between 2017 and 2025, every state across the country is expected to experience an increase of at least 14% of people with Alzheimer’s disease due to increases in population age 65 and older.”

Neurological conditions cannot always be prevented since getting older is the single greatest risk factor for most brain diseases. But we do have some evidence that lifestyle habits can help protect the brain and keep your mind sharp and active. Here are 5 brain-boosting practices to incorporate into your daily life for a healthier brain.

Socialize more

Socialize more for a healthier brain

Socialize more!

There’s no shortage of evidence showing that for a longer, happier life, you must maintain strong and supportive social connections. In fact, studies suggest that loneliness and social isolation can increase the risk of developing dementia by about 50%, along with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, hospitalization, and premature death.

And, of course, the quality of the relationships matters, too. Studies have linked hostile family relationships with poor health outcomes, and the opposite holds true as well: nurturing and fulfilling relations have been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and increase life expectancy, compared with those in unhealthy relationships.

Be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself - help maintain a healthier brain

Be kind to yourself!

From a very young age, we are taught how to be kind to others. Parents and educators teach us how to share, cooperate, and be good friends. As a matter of fact, there are countless stories that show how people are willing to risk their own lives to save complete strangers in the wake of tragedy time and time again.

Still, many of us are never really taught how to be good friends to ourselves. Somewhere along the way, we get into the habit of being harsher on us than anybody else, rarely giving ourselves the kindness and understanding we so easily extend to just about everybody else.

But self-compassion — the ability to turn kindness, understanding, and acceptance inwards — is critical for your health and wellbeing. Research suggests that the emotional burden of self-blame and self-criticism can be so intense that it deters us from learning to be resilient in the face of failure, whereas benign self-compassionate lowers stress and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. Recent research has also shown that self-compassion can improve your mental health by changing how the brain processes chronic physical pain.

Self-compassion is not the same as self-esteem; to cultivate it, you don’t have to love every inch of your body all the time, or repeat empty affirmations that don’t necessarily align with your current mental state. It’s not about feeling sorry for yourself, either. Instead, it’s all about giving yourself the respect you deserve by treating you the same warm and understanding way you would treat a friend — and ultimately, you may feel happier, less stressed, and more resilient as a result.

Get enough sleep

Get enough sleep for a healthier brain

Get enough sleep!

We know that sleeping is critical for a number of vital functions. We also know that memories form and consolidate while we are asleep. Yet almost half of Americans report being chronically sleep-deprived.

Getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night is essential for brain plasticity, which is its ability to create and reorganize neural connections to adapt to changes resulting from aging or injury. A recent study in Nature Communications showed that sleep patterns in early and midlife, particularly getting just 6 hours of sleep or less, can increase the risk of being diagnosed with dementia later in life by 30%.

One theory is that without sleep, the brain struggles to perform normally and doesn’t get the chance to create robust pathways that help ward off cognitive decline in old age. In fact, research suggests that a single sleepless night can accelerate cell deterioration in older adults, which is why getting into the habit of getting enough sleep every single night is so important.

Stay on top of your physical health

Stay on top of your physical health

Stay on top of your physical health!

As much as we like to think of them as two independent organs, there is no brain health without heart health. The heart and the brain are connected through the cardiovascular system, which is made up of the heart, blood vessels, and blood they transport. That blood, oxygenated by the lungs and transported via the complex highway of veins and arteries that carry it to the brain, is what keeps it nourished and energized.

Declining brain function due to of poor circulation can impact your concentration, make you forgetful, and dwindle down your energy levels. And there’s mounting evidence that the lifestyle and genetic conditions that cause the arteries to stiffen and clog, leading to heart attacks and stroke, also become substantial risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

Keep medications in check

Keep medications in check

Keep medications in check!

While medications are almost exclusively prescribed to improve your health, certain drugs can worsen brain function and increase your risk of developing dementia and other neurological issues.

Of the medications you may want to consider avoiding if you’re worried about cognitive decline, benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan) are amongst the most common. Studies have also linked non-benzodiazepine prescription sedatives (sleeping pills), like Ambien and Lunesta, with poor balance, impaired thinking, and dementia.

As far as over-the-counter medications go, OTC sleeping aids considered anticholinergics (medications that block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine), are also associated with increased dementia risk. OTC anticholinergics also include “PM” versions of analgesics, like Nyquil and Tylenol PM, as well as sedating allergy medications like Benadryl.

Take a healthy brain supplement

Calm & Clever supplement for healthier brain function

Healthy Brain Supplement

Consider taking a daily nutritional supplement containing ingredients proven in clinical studies to support a healthy brain.

 

Avoid Common Thanksgiving Migraine Triggers

Common Thanksgiving Migraine Triggers and How to Avoid Them!

The last few months of the year should be filled with joy and happiness, delicious food, family gatherings, and cozy weather, reminding us of what’s really important in life. But when you suffer from migraines, it’s easy to miss out on the fun and festivity.

For migraineurs, many of the things that people love the most about the holidays – comfort food, scented candles, decorative lights, etc. – can also set off a migraine attack.  The good news is that knowing what might trigger an attack can give you an upper hand to help fend off your migraines this holiday season.

There are three major migraine triggers to look out for during Thanksgiving:

Stress

Most migraine sufferers know that it’s not uncommon to get a headache at the end of a particularly tough day.  In fact, according to the American Headache Society, 4 out of 5 migraineurs recognize stress as a trigger.  Experts are still not entirely sure why stress triggers migraines. However, some hypothesize that it might have something to do with the hormones that the body secretes when it’s under stress.

If stress is a big trigger for you, it is essential to avoid taking on too many roles for Thanksgiving and make sure to ask for help. Cooking dinner for guests without help, volunteering to bring too many dishes to the party, or even traveling during the days leading up to Thanksgiving are all common stressors during the holidays.

Food & Drink Triggers

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that revolves around food – every November, people suddenly start craving turkey, gravy, and everything pumpkin spice. However, when you suffer from chronic migraines, it’s important to pay attention to what and how much you eat and drink.

Here are frequent migraine triggers that may be lurking on the Thanksgiving table this year:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Spicy foods
  • Cured meats
  • Aged cheese
  • Salt
  • Pickled foods

Weather Changes

Do your migraines usually occur at the same time each year? If they do, you might be sensitive to temperature and pressure changes. Weather and temperature affect everybody differently; in some people, certain barometric changes can cause chemical imbalances that affect how the brain responds to pain signals. In other cases, bright lights, extreme cold, and dryness or humidity can trigger or worsen migraines.

To avoid weather-related migraine attacks this Thanksgiving, keep an eye on the weather forecast so you’re not caught off-guard and can prepare ahead. For example, plan to stay indoors during extremely cold or windy days; drink plenty of water to keep your sinuses moisturized; and use warm clothing even if you’re going to be outside for a short time.

3 Tips for getting through Thanksgiving migraine-free

In addition to keeping an eye out for any potential triggers, the following tips can help you stay migraine-free during Thanksgiving.

Remember Holidays Past

Did you get a pounding headache or migraine last Thanksgiving? Try to remember what you did, ate and drank that day, so you can avoid it this year. Maybe it was all that cheese you ate or the extra glass or two of wine. Perhaps you know that a family member’s perfume always triggers a migraine, in which case you can politely ask them to refrain from using it this year. Whatever the case may be, use the previous year’s pain to your advantage this year, and plan accordingly.

Delegate

If you are hosting this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, it’s crucial to start delegating tasks early on. Asking friends and family members to bring along a food contribution will keep you from stressing out and potentially getting a migraine on the day of the dinner. Also, remember to ask for help whenever you need it. If you feel a migraine coming up, don’t be afraid to leave someone in charge and take a break before it turns into a full-blown attack.

Keep Your Medications Handy

Whether you’re traveling or spending Thanksgiving at home, stock up on your preventive and abortive migraine medications before Thanksgiving if you’re running low. A daily nutritional supplement like MigreLief can be of great help during the holiday season; just choose one of the three MigreLief’s everyday formulas, and take one tablet twice a day for daily maintenance. In addition, many people keep MigreLief-NOW on hand, as an “as-needed” alternative when fast-acting support is needed!

Wishing you a wonderful migraine-free Thanksgiving holiday!

 

Pass the Turkey, Not the Gas! Avoid Indigestion and Acid Reflux

Enjoy Those Wonderful Holiday Meals While Avoiding Indigestion
(For ongoing digestive issues such as acid reflux, GERD, gas, sore throat, etc., click on the two links at the end of this article for natural DIY treatments)

We all look forward to enjoying with our loved ones, the succulent turkey and gravy and yams and pies associated with the holidays.  But for those of us who suffer from either occasional or chronic indigestion, eating in general and certainly the larger meals we consume during the holiday, can pose an uncomfortable problem.

Though some of the pain and indigestion we feel can be caused by ulcers of the stomach or duodenum (first part of the small intestine), many of us who experience pain, gas or bloating, don’t have ulcers but are not digesting efficiently the foods that we eat and may also be making poor food choices.  Trying to get rid of the pain and indigestion is not the best approach to digestive issues.  Clearly, avoiding them, to begin with, is a better approach.

Many people live on antacid medications like Zantac, Prilosec, or Prevacid.  This is not good for many reasons.

1-       They don’t cure the problem
2-       These medicines can interfere with bone health
3-       The proton pump inhibitor medicines like Prilosec can significantly increase the risk of bacterial diarrhea

Also, a much lesser-known fact is that low stomach acid can actually be the cause of your digestive problems, and result in digestive problems and symptoms which can be similar to having too much acid.

My first suggestion to those of you, who suffer from chronic indigestion or acid reflux, is to experiment with your diet.  My brother suffered from indigestion and acid reflux ever since he was an adolescent.

Though I told him what I thought he should do, like many family members, he was stubborn and didn’t heed the advice.   Recently another health issue caused him to have to eat less and healthier foods (less fatty foods, less salty foods) and 40 years of indigestion stopped within 2 months of making those changes.

FASTING:  You might want to try a 1 to 2 day fast. Then on day 3 introduce some fruits into your diet in the morning.  Then for lunch try consuming some vegetables.  My guess is that you will not experience any digestive problems doing this. (make sure you stay well hydrated during the fast).

For dinner, try introducing some sliced turkey or chicken breast, and once again keep track as to whether or not you experience any digestive issues.  If you don’t, then it is very likely that other foods that you typically eat, when not on a limited diet, are probably causing your digestive problems.

Slowly introduce one at a time, the other foods that you typically eat and it should be very clear which of them are problematic for you. Some people find that by reducing or eliminating alcohol and caffeine, their digestive problems may be relieved.   This approach will help you in the long-term to develop a food menu that should eliminate all or most of your digestive concerns.

But, I also mentioned that I was going to give you some advice as to how to reduce or avoid the indigestion issues that can arise with holiday meals.

DIGESTIVE ENZYMES – There are enzymes in our stomach and our intestines that are released to help our bodies break down fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.  When our bodies are not producing enough of these enzymes the breakdown of the nutrients is incomplete, subjecting our internal digestive system to be exposed to partially digested foods that can cause pain, gas, and acid reflux.

Therefore, many people find that they can reduce or even eliminate their digestive problems by taking digestive enzymes just prior to having a big meal.

One comprehensive and well-formulated digestive enzyme product is available from Jarrow Formulas. It is called Jarro-Zyme Plus.  Take 3 capsules with each meal.  Many people find this helpful.

Another excellent product to take to reduce or eliminate digestive problems is artichoke extract. Go on the internet or to a well-stocked health food store and purchase a standardized extract of artichoke.  It should be standardized to “cynarin” content (the more the better) take enough of the extract to get 500 mg. of cynarin and take 3 times a day.   This helps many people with their digestive problems especially those caused by difficulty in digesting fats.

SODIUM BICARBONATE:  Gargling with 1/4 tsp of baking soda mixed with 1/2 c of warm water and then swallowing it often brings relief from indigestion and a sore throat due to indigestion.

Finally, if you do get bloating or gas or pain, instead of taking the antacid products discussed before, you can try teas of chamomile, peppermint, fennel, or combinations thereof.

One last tip…

SIDE SLEEPING:  When lying down, lie, or sleep on your left side to reduce reflux. Anatomy and gravity play a significant role in heartburn symptom frequency, length, and severity.  While on your left side, your stomach will be positioned below your esophagus, which makes reflux more difficult.

Indigestion is not fun and it takes away from the pleasure of enjoying meals with your family and friends.  Experiment with the information above.  See what works for you.  One or more of the solutions mentioned above may very well be your answer and eliminate the need for antacid products or eliminate the symptoms you have been suffering with.

To the Best of Health,

Curt Hendrix, M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S

Resourceful Articles:
ACID REFLUX, HEARTBURN, GAST PAIN… NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR DIGESTIVE DISCOMFORT

PSYLLIUM – AMAZING BENEFITS FOR GERD, IBS, HEARTBURN AND MORE

It’s All in the Family: Are Migraines Genetic?

Although doctors and scientists still don’t fully understand what causes some people to develop this debilitating disorder, evidence suggests migraine can be hereditary. Keep reading to find out more about familial migraine.

Not just a bad headache — understanding migraines

People that have never had a migraine before tend to think they are just “a (really) bad headache.” And yes, a miserable, head-splitting headache is often part of a migraine, but there is so much more to this complex condition that affects more than 1 billion women, men, and children globally.

Migraine is a neurological disorder that causes a variety of symptoms — most notably, intense head pain that can shift from one side of your head to another. Beyond the pain, migraines can also trigger nausea, vomiting, vision changes, and sensitivity to light, sound, and smells. The causes are still unknown, but evidence suggests that migraines can be hereditary, meaning that they are sometimes passed down from parents to children.

Can migraines run in families?

The short answer is yes, migraines can and do run in families. In fact, if one of your parents has migraines, there’s about a 50% chance that you’ll get them too. And it could be thanks to your genes.

Your genes, which are made up of DNA, are the building blocks of who you are. You inherit them from your mother and father, and they contain the basic instructions your body needs to make the proteins that make it possible for you to be alive, reading this right now.

Genes not only play an important role in determining how you look: tall, short, brunette or blonde, big hands or small. But they can also increase your likelihood of developing inherited conditions, like sickle cell anemia, cystic fibrosis, or, in some cases, migraine headaches.

Blame it on your parents? Genes linked to migraines

Family Migraine Genetics

Family Migraine Genetics

Studies show that the likelihood, duration, and severity of migraines are greatly influenced by a number of specific genetic variants, sometimes called genetic mutations. One example is the gene KCNK18, which has the code for making a protein called TRESK that influences how your nerve cells communicate pain signals.

In 2018, an international study published in Nature found that in comparison to non-migraine sufferers, many migraineurs — particularly those with aura — had a mutation in the KCNK18 that affected the function of TRESK. The same study also revealed that TRESK is present in brain structures that have long been associated with migraine pathways.

Alterations to the TRPV1 gene have also been discovered in migraine patients. This gene is responsible for modulating pain receptors, and investigators have found mutations associated with chronic headaches, migraines, and scalp hypersensitivity.

Many other genes are suspected to contribute to migraines. Researchers have identified more than 40. But it’s also important to note that migraine headaches are polygenic, meaning that there are multiple genes involved in the disease, rather than a single variation doing all the damage. Alone, some of these genetic mutations would have little to no effect on your health, but a collection of them could definitely increase your chances of developing chronic migraines.

Additional genes that have been linked to migraines:

PHACTR1
CKIdelta
TARBP2
NPFF

What about hemiplegic migraines? Are they hereditary?

A hemiplegic migraine is a rare type of migraine that can cause temporary weakness and paralysis in one side of the body, in addition to the migraine attack itself. There are two types of hemiplegic migraines: familial and sporadic.

As you may have guessed from its name, familial hemiplegic migraines (FHM) run in families. Researchers have found links between FHM and mutations to the genes CACNA1A, ATP1A2, SCN1A, and PRRT2, which are all associated with the production of ion pathways in the brain.

Contrary to some genetic conditions that require two copies of a gene mutation to be developed, the type of FHM inheritance is autosomal dominant. This means that you only need to receive the gene from one of your parents to develop this family migraine.

These genetic links could mean good news for migraine sufferers

So, what does all of this mean for you? Well, migraine is still a relatively “mysterious” condition in that there’s a lot we don’t know yet. So as more research into the relationships between family genetics and migraines emerges, experts get closer to potentially finding new and improved ways of treating — and perhaps one day even curing — this prevalent neurological disease.

The power of nutrition

In the meantime, what is known is that migraine sufferers, when tested, tend to be low in particular nutrients. That’s exactly why we developed MigreLief daily nutritional supplements – designed to fill in the nutritional gaps that migraine sufferers tend to have in common.  Hundreds of thousands of migraine sufferers have benefited from our MigreLief daily formulas. Who knows – perhaps nutrition plays a role in the hereditary family migraine.

Check out our blog for more migraine prevention tips!

Migraines Can Affect the Stages of Sleep, Study Finds

Migraines and Sleep

If you’re one of the 35 million Americans suffering from migraines, you’re probably aware of how these debilitating headaches can wreak havoc on your nightly slumber. Most folks with migraine report experiencing sleep disturbances, such as insomnia and trouble falling or staying asleep. There’s also evidence that both sleeplessness and too much sleep can trigger migraines in sensitive individuals.

Now, a study published recently in Neurology reported that people with migraines may get less quality REM sleep – a stage critical for thinking, making, and retaining memories. Here’s what investigators found.

The Migraine-Sleep Connection

While there are many things we still don’t know about migraines (or sleep, for that matter), there’s one thing we do know: the two processes share a complex, bidirectional relationship where migraine attacks can be both caused and relieved by sleep. This relationship is precisely what researchers at King’s College London in the United Kingdom wanted to understand.

“Do migraines cause poor sleep quality or does poor sleep quality cause migraines?” asked Jan Hoffmann, MD, Ph.D., author of the study, and member of the American Academy of Neurology. For the study, Hoffmann and colleagues poured over data from 32 sleep and migraine studies. To be included in the analysis, the studies had to include non-pregnant individuals diagnosed with migraines who answered a questionnaire to self-rate their sleep quality or who underwent polysomnography (a type of sleep study that records certain sleep data).

Plenty of research already suggests that people with migraines tend to have lower sleep quality, more daytime sleepiness, and more sleep-related disorders, like insomnia, snoring, and sleep apnea. For example, a 2009 study published in Cephalgia (the medical journal of the International Headache Society) found that sleep quality is indeed decreased in migraineurs, and that this reduction is a consequence of the migraine attack itself, not other factors like depression or anxiety.

Still, up until this new analysis, investigators had not been able to pin down whether pediatric and adult migraine patients really could have subjective differences in sleep quality in comparison with healthy controls. Nor was it clear whether objective structural differences could explain the prevalence of sleep disturbances within this group.

“We wanted to analyze recent research to get a clearer picture of how migraines affect people’s sleep patterns and the severity of their headaches.” Hoffman said. “That way, clinicians can better support people with migraines and deliver more effective sleep treatments.”

After analyzing data from over 10,000 participants from almost three dozen studies, researchers found that adults with migraines — particularly adults with chronic migraine — consistently scored worse on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), a survey that asks about sleep quality, use of medication, daytime sleepiness, sleep duration, and more. Children with migraines also had significantly more awake time and less total sleep time. And both had a lower percentage of rapid eye movement, or REM, during sleep.

The Importance of REM Sleep

Migraines and Sleep

Migraines and Sleep

There are four distinct stages of sleep; the first three stages are conveniently named NREM (non-rapid eye movement) 1 to 3, followed by the fourth and final stage: rapid eye movement or REM sleep, sometimes also known as active or paradoxical sleep.

Each stage has a unique function in keeping the brain healthy and your cognitive performance sharp. But REM sleep, in particular, is the stage where your brain’s activity most closely resembles its activity during wake hours and has been associated with memory and emotion processing and consolidation.

REM is considered one of the most important stages of sleep because it stimulates areas of the brain critical for thinking, learning, and remembering. In fact, animal studies show that rats are more likely to display hyperalgesia, extreme sensitivity to pain, the next day after being subjected to REM sleep deprivation. Some studies have also found that REM sleep-deprived rats have significantly shorter life spans and could be more susceptible to oxidative stress.

 

What the Results Mean for Migraine Sufferers

While there’s still a lot to learn about the mechanisms involved in migraines and sleep disturbances, this study is a first step towards untangling this complicated relationship and finding better and more comprehensive interventions for managing these common, yet debilitating conditions.

 

Learn more by downloading our insomnia white paper and alternative non-drug treatments.

Supplement options:  MigreLief-NOW and Sleep All Night

 

Can Migraines Cause Fever? Explanation & Tips

Have you ever wondered if migraines cause fever? While migraines typically feature a broad array of symptoms (in addition to a splitting headache), including nausea and vomiting, vision changes, and loss of spatial awareness, high body temperature is not typically one of them.

Still, some migraineurs report intermittent bouts of fever during attacks. Here’s what you need to know about the link between migraines and fever, and what to do if you find yourself in the unfortunate position of experiencing both at the same time.

What is a fever?

Simply put, a fever happens when your internal body temperature rises above its normal levels. Temperature is considered elevated when it’s higher than 100.4 F (38 C) as measured by an oral thermometer or higher than 100.8 F per a rectal thermometer.

Fever is not an illness in and of itself. Rather, it’s usually a sign or symptom that something else, like an infection, is going on in the body. In fact, sometimes, a fever is part of your body’s immune response against harmful pathogens and not necessarily a bad thing to have.

When your system is under attack, your body can elevate its temperature to kick your immune system into high gear, triggering a wealth of bug-squashing cellular mechanisms. Warmer temperatures also mean less room for growth for viruses and bacteria, some of which can only reproduce at normal body temperatures.

 

Can Migraines Cause Fever

 

Could migraines cause fever?

Fever during a migraine attack is rare. Experts believe that a fever accompanying a migraine headache is typically caused by another factor, like an illness or an infection, that’s occurring simultaneously with the attack. It’s also been theorized that the hypothalamus, which houses your body’s internal thermostat and is sometimes involved in cluster headaches, could play some sort of role, but more research is definitely needed.

Because your body is used to functioning at a very specific temperature range — around 97 to 99 F — rises in temperature can precipitate systemic changes that may trigger a migraine in sensitive people. For instance, high fevers can trigger lots of sweating as your body attempts to cool itself down. And when you lose fluids quicker than you take in, you may become dehydrated. Dehydration is one of the most common migraine triggers in both children and adults.

Conditions that may cause fever and migraine

If you have a predisposition to migraines, any illness or infection that causes a fever could potentially trigger one. But it’s also important to keep in mind that, since fever during migraine attacks is considered rare, it could be a sign of a more serious or life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical attention if you experience a high fever accompanied by a severe migraine or migraine symptoms, or if the fever continues for longer than 3 days.

Some conditions that could trigger a migraine with fever include:

Common viral infections

Viruses like influenza (flu) and COVID-19, among others, may give you a fever and worsen migraines or headaches. If you have a viral infection, you may experience other symptoms, like:

  • Sore throat
  • Sinus pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cough
  • Runny nose

Serious infections

Meningitis and encephalitis are severe and potentially life-threatening infections that affect the brain. They can be caused by viral or bacterial pathogens. Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the brain, also known as meninges. Encephalitis occurs when the brain itself is inflamed. Both conditions may trigger a fever and cause severe head pain.

Symptoms of meningitis include:

  • Stiff neck
  • Cold hands and feet
  • High fever
  • Labored breathing
  • Seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Skin rash
  • Sensitivity to light

Encephalitis symptoms may include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Vision changes
  • Paralysis or stupor
  • Weakness
  • Joint pain
  • Drowsiness
  • Fever
  • Irritability
  • Loss of consciousness

Encephalitis and meningitis are both potentially life-threatening conditions. Seek emergency medical attention right away if you think you may have any of these infections, particularly if you are experiencing a severe headache and fever accompanied by neck stiffness, weakness, disorientation, or difficulty hearing or speaking.

Bacterial infections

Bacterial infections happen when a microscopic single-cell microorganism, known as bacteria, enters the body either through an airway (like your nose or mouth) or via an opening in your skin, like a cut, scrape, or surgical wound. These infections can range from mild, like an ear infection or strep throat, to more serious conditions like tuberculosis.

There are many types of bacterial infections and their severity largely depends on the type of microorganism involved. In general terms, symptoms of bacterial infections may include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Localized pain

A final word

Although fever is not a hallmark symptom of migraine headaches, it’s entirely possible to get one during an attack, especially if there’s an underlying condition, like a viral or bacterial infection, that’s triggering the fever.

Call your doctor if you have:

  • A 103 F temperature or higher
  • A sudden or severe headache
  • Neck stiffness or neck pain
  • Fainting or seizures
  • Difficulty breathing
  • A skin rash or spots
  • Confusion or brain fog

So if you’re wondering about the possibility that migraines cause fever – it’s not very likely. Make sure there’s nothing else going on.

 

Read more about migraines and useful tips to help avoid them

[Study] Link Between Children Migraine and Depression

HEADACHES IN CHILDREN SHOULD NOT  BE DISMISSED! 

One out of 4 children will have complained of headache pain before the age of 15.  Parents often dismiss headache complaints by children, or merely address the problem with a painkiller and a nap, not knowing their child may be on a path to a lifetime of suffering migraines.

Childhood migraines are often different than adult migraines. While adult migraines often last four hours or more, and settle on one side of the head, in a child,  a migraine may last for as little as one hour up to 72 hours and the pain is often felt across the front of the forehead or on both temples rather than on just one side.

As a result, childhood migraines are often dismissed as sinus headaches.  Some pediatric migraines don’t involve headache pain at all.  Instead, the child may have abdominal pain, vomiting or feelings of vertigo.

If a child is suffering headaches, parents should be on the lookout for signs of migraine and also signs of depression as the two continue to be linked by scientific studies.

If you have a child suffering migraines, below is an article well worth reading posted earlier (2009) on the website Health24.  Following the article will be a list of migraine and depression symptoms.

Migraines Linked to Depression in Children
March  3, 2009 – Health24

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the USA has published new data that proves a link between children suffering from migraine and emotional disorders like depression. According to the study, “children suffering from migraines are at risk of developing emotional and behavioural problems such as depression and anxiety”.

The study, published in the latest edition of the medical journal Headache, tested child functioning with comparison to children who are not experiencing headaches or migraines. The results showed that children suffering from migraines were “demonstrating significant elevations in total behaviour problems and internalizing symptoms, including somatic complaints, anxiety and depression, and aggressive behaviour”.

According to Dr Elliot Shevel, South Africa’s migraine surgery pioneer, it is vital that parents do not dismiss headache complaints in children without proper investigation.

“Young children believe everything the parent says.” stated Shevel. “If you tell your child ‘you’re just making this up’ your child will believe you and start internalizing self-blame. Internalizing this self-blame for a medical condition over which the child has no control has been shown to cause serious psychological and emotional problems for the child.”

There is therefore a great deal of concern regarding the emotional–well-being of children with migraine, as these disturbances can result in children being misdiagnosed with depression, without proper treatment of their headache or migraine problem.

Headaches affect children’s lives
This new groundbreaking study was a result of numerous calls made by the international headache community for rigorous research to help clarify the association of pediatric migraine with emotional and behavioural outcomes. The study is groundbreaking in this respect as the data was verified by the use of a control group of families recruited from among classmates of the children suffering from migraines.

In an interview from Berlin where he is conducting research, Shevel stated that “The prevalence of pediatric headache was determined in a study published in the British Medical Journal in 1994. According to the statistics about 10% of children suffer with headaches that seriously affect the quality of their lives.

“This new research is also a multi-centre study,” states Shevel “which means that data was collected simultaneously from three leading children’s hospitals across the USA. So the data is incredibly robust and reliable.

“Self-reporting by the child was tabled against data collected from both parents,” explains Shevel further. This was another essential breakthrough in the research, as according to the study “children coping with chronic health conditions may be reluctant to acknowledge or disclose emotional distress”.

Long-term damage if not treated
“We’re relieved that after 16 years treating children with migraine at The Headache Clinic our experience of the psychological consequences of the condition has been validated by the contents of this powerful research. Parents who do not take children’s headache and migraine complaints seriously risk causing long-term emotional damage to their child. Parents must remember that children suffer just as severely as adults if they are afflicted with this condition.”

*********************************

SYMPTOMS OF CHILD MIGRAINE – MAYO CLINIC

Migraines can cause:

  • Head pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Extreme sensitivity to light and sound

Cоmpаrablе to the сlаssіс migrаinеs іn аdults, сhildrеn саn alѕo experienсе mild tо ѕeverе dіsсоmfоrt or рaіn in thе еye arеa, tеmpleѕ and forehead.The aсutenesѕ оf рaіn сan differ as well. It іs іmрeratіve tо loоk for signѕ оf paіn lіke іrritabіlіty, uncontrоllаble сryіng, facіal grimaсіng аnd frоwning


DEPRESSION IN CHILDREN – SIGNS & SYMPTOMS  (WebMD)

The symptoms of depression in children vary. It is often undiagnosed and untreated because they are passed off as normal emotional and psychological changes that occur during growth. Early medical studies focused on “masked” depression, where a child’s depressed mood was evidenced by acting out or angry behavior. While this does occur, particularly in younger children, many children display sadness or low mood similar to adults who are depressed. The primary symptoms of depression revolve around sadness, a feeling of hopelessness, and mood changes.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Irritability or anger.
  • Continuous feelings of sadness, hopelessness.
  • Social withdrawal.
  • Increased sensitivity to rejection.
  • Changes in appetite — either increased or decreased.
  • Changes in sleep — sleeplessness or excessive sleep.
  • Vocal outbursts or crying.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Fatigue and low energy.
  • Physical complaints (such as stomachaches, headachesat do not respond to treatment
  • Reduced ability to function during events and activities at home or with friends, in school, extracurricular activities, and in other hobbies or interests.
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt.
  • Impaired thinking or concentration.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide.

Not all children have all of these symptoms. In fact, most will display different symptoms at different times and in different settings. Although some children may continue to function reasonably well in structured environments, most kids with significant depression will suffer a noticeable change in social activities, loss of interest in school and poor academic performance, or a change in appearance. Children may also begin using drugs or alcohol, especially if they are over the age of 12.

Childhood depression is different from the normal “blues” and everyday emotions that occur as a child develops. Just because a child seems sad, this does not necessarily mean he or she has significant depression.  If the sadness becomes persistent, or if disruptive behavior that interferes with normal social activities, interests, schoolwork, or family life develops, it may indicate that he or she has a depressive illness.

For information on doctor recommended, all natural, safe migraine support for adults and children, visit MigreLief.com

JUST TWO A DAY…

“A VITAMIN, A MINERAL AND A PLANT!”  For 25 years, MigreLief has been safely supporting children who suffer migraine over the age of 2.  MigreLief is a great place to start and there is a 90-day money-back guarantee if not satisfied for any reason.

THREE MECHANISMS OF ACTION

This nutritional supplement contains the original patented “Triple Therapy” formula and approach to reestablishing normal cerebrovascular tone and function which is often disrupted in children who have migraines.

Nutritional deficiencies, inflammation and vasospasm can independently and together contribute to migraine occurrence, frequency, and intensity. Children’s MigreLief offers the parents of children who suffer from migraines a safe nutritional option, with none of the potentially disruptive side-effects of prescription drugs, to maintain normal cerebrovascular tone and function in their children.

Puracol, MigreLief’s proprietary blend of two unique feverfew sources, magnesium from two sources, and high dose, riboflavin (Vitamin B-2) have all independently been shown to be of significant therapeutic benefit to migraine sufferers.

Click here to share on facebook!
TURNING FROWNS UPSIDE DOWN – GIVE YOUR CHILD A FIGHTING CHANCE!

 

 

5 Best Yoga Poses for Migraine Headache Relief

It’s heartbreaking to see a friend or loved one suffer a migraine attack but only those who suffer migraines can truly understand how traumatic and debilitating they are. Migraineurs have lost many precious moments to pulsating pain, vertigo, aversion to light, and nausea to name just a few intolerable symptoms of migraine. But there is hope. In addition to avoiding various triggers when possible such as stress, hormone fluctuations, sleep disturbances, certain types of food, excessive use of caffeine, addressing migraines nutritionally at the cellular level, and adding some healthy habits to your lifestyle such as yoga, can make all the difference.

BENEFITS OF YOGA
More and more people are catching on to the benefits of yoga.  Not only does it increase flexibility, improve your balance, build muscle strength, improve your posture, and prevent cartilage and joint breakdown, it also increases blood flow, drains your lymphs and boosts immunity.  If that’s not enough to get you started with yoga, it can help regulate your blood pressure and adrenal glands, lower your blood sugar, help you focus, relax overall and release tension in your limbs, help you sleep, and make you happy.

Yoga is also believed to reduce pain.  Yoga, meditation, or a combination of the two is believed to reduce pain in people with arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines, and other chronic conditions. Note: While yoga is effective and most doctors today advise you to take up this form of workout, when it comes to migraines or disorders, always consult your physician as yoga is not an alternative to your physician’s advice. Adding a cardiovascular activity such as walking or swimming and getting a good night’s sleep will help with reducing stress and is also very beneficial to migraine sufferers.

 

6 YOGA POSES FOR MIGRAINE AND HEADACHE SUFFERERS

When going through the sequence of yoga poses (asanas), hold each pose comfortably for a few minutes while concentrating on relaxing and breathing, inhaling and exhaling, slowly and deeply.

#1  STANDING FORWARD BEND – Invigorates the nervous system by increasing blood flow and calms the mind.
Yoga for healing migraines• Standing with even weight through the feet, or weight very slightly forward onto the toes, keep the tailbone tucked under, allow the spine to bend forward.

• Tuck the chin gently in towards the chest, lengthen the back of the neck. Gently work the fingertips or palms towards the floor. Hold the pose, relax, and breathe.

 

 

 

#2 CHILD’S POSE  – Calms down the nervous system, helps to increase the body’s parasympathetic state… decreasing stress and migraines.

Yoga for healing migraines

• Start on your hands and knees (tabletop position).

• Bring your legs all the way together, then sit your hips back onto your heels with your toes together, letting your knees spread apart wide,

• Stretch your trunk and arms forward and rest your forehead on the floor as you lower your chest onto your thighs. Close your eyes and relax for a few seconds and don’t forget to breathe.

• Reach your arms back along each side of your body, towards your feet, resting with your palms face up.

• Close your eyes, breathe and relax.

 

 

#3  CAT & COW – Improves blood circulation, relieves tension in the neck, shoulders, and upper back while increasing serotonin levels in the brain and relaxing the mind.
Yoga for Migraine Prevention

CAT:  Begin on your hands and knees (tabletop position).

• Center your hips over your knees and square your shoulders over your wrists.

• Inhale as you tilt your tailbone towards the sky, lowering your stomach towards the floor (cow pose).

• Arch your back and keep your neck long.  Relax and hold the position for a few seconds.
Yoga for Migraine Relief

COW:  Exhale as you round your spine, drop your head, and tuck your chin (cat pose).

• Tighten your abdomen while keeping your chin to your chest.

• Breathe slowly and deeply while holding the pose for a couple of minutes.

• Switch between the cat and cow poses a few times while taking long deep breaths and slow exhales

 

 

#4  SUPINE TWIST – Stretches the spine and relieves tension in the shoulders and back.

Yoga for Migraine Prevention

• Lie on your back with your knees drawn in towards your chest.

• Cactus your arms out by your sides with your palms facing up and parallel your shins to your mat, bringing your knees to 90-degree angles.

• Inhale, then exhale as you slowly lower your knees to the left side of your body.

• Hold for 8 breaths, then draw your knees back to the center.

• Hug your knees into your chest for a breath, then twist to the right on an exhale. Hold for 8 breaths.

 

 

#5  CORPSE POSE – Rejuvenates the body by bringing it into a deep state of meditative rest.

Yoga for Migrane Relief

• You can end your yoga routine by lying down in this pose and relaxing.

• Lay on your back with legs and feet slightly apart and let feet fall out to the sides

• Rest arms away from your sides at a 30-degree angle with palms facing up.

• Close your eyes and relax your entire body.

• Think happy thoughts!

 

 

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR CHRONIC MIGRAINE SUFFERERS

Try increasing nutritional support if you are a chronic migraine sufferer by adding MigreLief dietary supplements to your daily regimen.

MigreLief Migraine Supplements

 

 

 

 

 

Created just for migraine sufferers, MigreLief® comes in 4 nonprescription nutritional formulas:

3 “daily maintenance”
Original MigreLief
Children’s MigreLief (age 2-12)
MigreLief+M
for menstrual migraine sufferers

“as-needed” formula
MigreLief-NOW for on-the-spot nutritional support.

The MigreLief® Nutritional Regimen for Migraine Sufferers:

MigreLief and MigreLief-NOWAction Step 1:  Choose one formula for daily maintenance and take daily.

Action Step 2:  Take MigreLief-NOW as-needed.

Action Step 3:  Live the life you love!

For more information, visit MigreLief.com, call 1-800-758-8746, or email healthadvisor@migrelief.com

 

 


**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to treat, prevent, diagnose or cure any disease or medical condition.

 

 

Avoid Summer Migraines

While there is much to love about summer- longer days, outdoor picnics, trips to the beach, pool time and nighttime barbecues, summer months can also increase the risk of debilitating migraines. Hotter temperatures, barometric pressure changes, and high humidity make many migraine sufferers more susceptible to an attack.

What triggers migraines during the summer?

A host of factors make summer one of the worst seasons for migraine attacks. For example, dehydration, a common migraine trigger, is more likely to occur during the summer months when the weather is warm and during periods of profuse sweating where people lose more fluid than they take in.

Other factors may trigger migraines during the summer months, including:
• High humidity
• High winds
• Longer days (which can change sleeping patterns)
• Typical summer foods and drinks (hot dogs, bacon, sausage, soda, alcohol, pre-made sauces like BBQ sauce, chips, candy, etc.)
Barometric pressure changes

But even though migraines often rob us of summer’s little pleasures, there are things you can do to minimize your risk and ward off triggers. Here are some helpful tips for avoiding migraines and headaches this summer:

migraineur

How do you avoid a summer migraine?

Stay well hydrated.
For many migraine sufferers, even mild dehydration is the quickest way to a migraine attack. To avoid getting dehydrated while you are out and about, carry a water bottle with you at all times and drink 6 to 8 ounces every hour. Drinking water is not the only way to stay hydrated: fruits and veggies with high water content like grapes, watermelon, celery, and cucumber are fun and effective hydration options perfect for pool or beach days.

Wear sunglasses.
Many migraine sufferers are sensitive to light before, during, or even after an attack (photophobia). 85 to 90 percent of migraineurs experience photophobia which is why so many migraine sufferers seeking migraine relief, lie down in a dark room.

Some migraineurs swear by dark, polarized, tinted, or FL-41 lenses, but keep in mind that there is no right or wrong way of choosing sunglasses for your migraines. The perfect pair will be the one that sits comfortably on your face, provides adequate UV ray coverage, and reduces discomfort.  It is important to choose frames with good eye-coverage that can help block light that comes from above, that comes from the side, and that causes glare that comes from the back.

You may also need to wear your sunglasses indoors to deal with fluorescent lights, computer screens, etc. However, wearing sunglasses indoors too much can lead to something called chronic dark adaptation, which can make your sensitivity to light even worse.  If you have to wear sunglasses inside, be sure to take them off every hour or so to avoid getting chronic dark adaptation.  Consider decreasing glare and brightness by turning off fluorescent lights or adjusting or tinting your computer screen.

Maintain a consistent sleep schedule.
With longer days and shorter nights, you probably find yourself going to bed later and waking up earlier than usual. Daylight hour changes can be very disruptive to sleeping routines; humans are wired to sleep after the sun sets and wake up when it rises. But during the summertime, the earth tilts on its axis ever so slightly, bringing more daylight hours to most places around the world.
Sleep deprivation is a potent migraine trigger, but you can avoid it by sticking to a regular sleeping schedule, making sure your room is dark, the temperature is pleasant, and limiting your sugar and caffeine consumption before bed.

Before you give in to the inevitability of waking up with a migraine, consider a natural sleep aide to help you reset your internal clock and ease back to sleep. Natural supplements with melatonin, valerian root extract, or magnesium are all safe and effective options.

Avoid Fragrances.
Fragrance-loaded summer products like sunscreens are important to avoid if you are susceptible to this migraine trigger. Try to purchase fragrance-free products when possible.

Manage Stress.
Although summer is a carefree time of fun and relaxation, many people may experience what some call a “let-down” migraine because they occur on the first day of vacation or the start of a weekend. According to a study conducted by researchers at the Montefiore Headache Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, in the first six hours of reduced stress, a person’s risk of getting a migraine attack increases nearly five times, an effect that lasts up to 24 hours. The researchers found that relaxation following heightened stress was an even more significant trigger for migraine attacks and reduced stress from one day to the next significantly increased risk of migraine onset on the following day.

 

stress management

Practice mindfulness in order to reduce stress

It is important for people to be aware of rising stress levels and attempt to relax during periods of stress, rather than allowing a major build-up.  Rising temperatures are also known to increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Practicing mindfulness or yoga and taking natural supplements to help maintain healthy levels of cortisol are great ways to manage stress and prevent migraines.

On-the-Spot Nutritional Support

If you are using MigreLief Original daily formula, don’t forget to pack it along on any trip you may be taking.  It is available in a small travel-size bottle.  Be sure to keep MigreLief-NOW close by, in your purse or backpack in case of emergencies for on-the-spot neurological comfort during difficult times.

Relax, enjoy your summer, and stay safe.

When your out and about this summer, remember to avoid heat-related illnesses. Avoid becoming overheated.  While having fun and the sun, be sure to seek out shade occasionally, drink plenty of water and cool down by misting yourself with a spray bottle of water.