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How to Protect Your Lungs from Wildfire Smoke

September 15, 2020 | 9:07am

As devastating wildfires driven by strong winds rage in California, Washington, and Oregon, many people are concerned about protecting their lungs against smoke pollution. Among those suffering from increased smoke and bad air quality are migraine sufferers.  In general, one of the most difficult migraine triggers to control is air quality.  It is especially important to avoid or filter out as much bad air as possible during these difficult times. 2020 hasn’t been an easy year for anybody. With the COVID-19 pandemic still posing a serious global public health threat, wildfire season has arrived in the U.S with unrivaled and devastating ferocity, destroying entire communities and burning millions of acres of land up and down the West Coast. Wildfire smoke can pose a serious health hazard for people in the surrounding areas. Smoke can travel hundreds of miles during a fire, affecting even those who live outside the immediate threat of the wildfire's path. According to the American Lung Association, people over the age of 65 or under 18, those who work outdoors, and individuals...

SOMETIMES 1+1+1 = MORE THAN 3 WHEN IT COMES TO PREVENTING MIGRAINES Copy

September 8, 2020 | 7:21am

MAGNESIUM FOR MIGRAINES - IS IT ENOUGH? Numerous studies support the use of magnesium as a supplement for preventing migraine headaches.  In fact, yet another study just published in the Journal Neurosciences, found that serum levels of magnesium were substantially lower in migraine sufferers than in the general population of people who didn’t get migraines. In fact, the researchers found that as serum levels of magnesium decreased the frequency of migraine attacks significantly increased. Magnesium supplementation in the correct forms and amounts has to be part of any regimen to prevent migraines.  But is it enough? The answer is yes, for some sufferers, and, no, for many other sufferers.  The reason for this is that there is not just ONE malfunctioned or dysfunctional mechanism or imbalance that is known to cause migraine attacks. THE UNDERLYING NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES AND IMBALANCES COMMON TO MIGRAINEURS ALSO VARY AMONG MIGRAINEURS Vasospasm, inflammation, stress and nerves are just a few of the possible contributors to our resultants of migraine attacks.  So while magnesium certainly plays a role in helping to...

5 Water-Rich Foods to Stay Hydrated in The Heat

September 5, 2020 | 3:25am

Being hydrated is extremely important for your health. When you don’t drink enough water, your body cannot function properly, causing you to experience a host of uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous symptoms. Dehydration happens when a person loses more fluid than they take in, either through natural processes like sweating and urination, when you have a fever or after a vomiting or diarrhea bout. It is more likely to occur when the weather is warm or during periods of profuse sweating, like during exercise or when you spend too much time sitting in the sun. Dehydration is one of the most common migraines and headache triggers. Many migraineurs and chronic headache sufferers report that, for them, even the slightest hint of dehydration can spiral into a full-fledge migraine attack within minutes. Fortunately, it is also one of the most easily prevented triggers. Although summer is almost over, staying adequately hydrated is something we should strive for year-round. Here are five water-rich foods that will help you stay hydrated during summer and beyond: Watermelon Water content: 92%...

Best Exercise for People with Migraines

September 5, 2020 | 3:18am

You already know that exercise is good for you. Thousands of studies, big and small, have outlined the physical and mental benefits of moving the body to increase the heart rate and burn calories. For example, regular physical activity can protect you against countless health conditions, like anxiety and depression, type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and many types of cancer. At least 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes per week of vigorous physical activity, can also help you feel more energized, sleep better, and even boost your sex life. That is unless you suffer from exercise-induced migraines. Does exercising trigger migraines? Although we are well-aware of the health benefits of exercising regularly, it’s not always sunshine and rainbows when you are a migraine sufferer trying to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Unfortunately, exercise can trigger migraines and headaches in some people, especially vigorous or high-intensity activities. There are at least a couple of theories on what causes exercise-induced headaches. One is that intense physical activity dilates blood vessels in the...

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