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Is Your Migraine Medication Making Your Hair Fall Out?

March 23, 2020 | 12:53am

Whether you have long or short hair, you probably lose a few strands every day while sleeping, showering, and combing your hair. That's completely normal. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatologists, most people lose between 50 and 100 hairs a day. But when you are shedding more than a few strands, or you start seeing bald spots around your head, it can be a side effect of a medication you may be taking. Drug-induced alopecia is a type of hair loss triggered by medications. In most cases, drug-induced hair loss is temporary and reversible, meaning that your hair can grow back once you change the dose or stop taking the medication. Why do medications trigger hair loss? There are three distinct phases in the hair growth cycle: anagen, catagen, and telogen. Anagen Phase During the anagen phase, hair-forming cells grow and divide rapidly, pushing older cells upward from the root towards the surface. The anagen phase lasts between one and three years, and about 85% of all hair follicles are at this...

Best Way to Build a Strong Immune System NOW!

March 21, 2020 | 8:13pm

Building a Strong Immune System Is More Important Now than Ever Just a few weeks ago, the first "community spread" coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the United States was detected in California. Since then, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that there are now COVID-19 cases in every state of the country. These are uncertain and confusing times for everybody, and it’s normal if you are finding it harder and harder to sleep at night. But getting a good night’s sleep is more important now than ever, as research shows that poor sleep is associated with increased vulnerability to infectious diseases and viruses.  Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick. KEEP YOUR IMMUNE DEFENSE STRONG - GET SLEEP!  (Keep reading to get the list of immune system building supplements) The Connection Between Sleep and Immunity Sleep exerts a strong regulatory influence on immune functions. Every evening as your body shuts down for the night your brain goes through a series of predictable cycles of electrical activities...

What can I take instead of Excedrin migraine?

March 17, 2020 | 8:30am

This is the question that migraine sufferers who have been taking Excedrin have been asking now that the production of Excedrin migraine has been discontinued until further notice.  According to the American Migraine Foundation, both caplet and gel-tablets of Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine will be temporarily unavailable as GlaxoSmithKline works to resolve an inconsistency in how the ingredients are weighed. They go on to say, that this could actually be the ticket to reducing your migraine attacks because taking over-the-counter or prescription medications too frequently can actually cause Medication Overuse Headache (recurring migraines).  Not only does overuse make the medication less effective over time, it also causes pain between attacks and may trigger more frequent attacks.  Lastly, overuse can cause episodic (occasional migraines) to be come chronic.   If you suffer migraines, knowing and avoiding your migraine triggers is important.  Also, never underestimate the power of nutrition.  Many dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals and herbs) have  have been shown to be beneficial for migraine sufferers.  MigreLief formulas have been designed to nutritionally support migraine...

Finding Your Triggers: Food & Elimination Diet

March 3, 2020 | 10:10am

When you have migraines, knowing your triggers can mean the difference between avoiding a headache or getting one. Even though science is still not sure about what exactly causes migraines, experts know that everyday things like foods, drinks, sounds, smells, and medications can trigger one. That’s why when people are first diagnosed with migraines, they are advised to keep a diary to record details of their daily activities. Trigger trackers help many migraine sufferers reduce the frequency of their attacks by helping them identify and eliminate potential migraine-inducing factors from their everyday lives. Every migraineur has different triggers. For example, caffeine can be very polarizing among migraine sufferers: studies have shown that caffeine can be both a headache trigger and an inhibitor, so its effects vary depending on the person taking it. Another example is sleep; some people report getting a migraine after sleeping too little and others after sleeping too much. But while some triggers are less common than others, different types of food remain at the top of many migraineurs list. If you...

Migraines – Scents & Sensitivity

March 3, 2020 | 10:16am

Even with so many advances in medicine and technology, trigger diaries are still one of the first things doctors recommend after a migraine diagnosis. That is in part because migraines aren't fully understood yet, so biological markers aren’t a reliable measurement. The other reason is that learning to recognize migraine triggers has been proven to improve patient-physician communication regarding treatment options and outcomes. Everyone has different triggers, but experts believe that some common offenders affect migraineurs more than others. For example, women are significantly more likely to experience migraines than men, and researchers believe that female hormones might be partly to blame. Stress is also a common trigger. In fact, one clinical study published in the journal Cephalgia found that almost 80 percent of respondents identified stress as a major headache trigger. Odors and scents also play a significant role in triggering and sometimes worsening migraines. What’s That Smell? Scents are something we tend to take for granted. As long as they are not offensive or extremely potent, we rarely notice what our surroundings smell...

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