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Pumpkin Spice Bedtime Drink (Vegan)

October 8, 2019 | 10:13am

Warm up before bedtime with this delicious, hot drink. INGREDIENTS 2½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk 2 tbsp pumpkin puree 2 tbsp maple syrup ¼ tsp cinnamon optional: vegan whipped cream + walnuts for garnish INSTRUCTIONS Whisk together all the ingredients on medium-low heat in a small saucepan until the drink is perfectly hot and no lumps remain. Serve hot!   RELATED ARTICLE:  The Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin + Tasty Recipes  

Healthy Sleep Habits to Avoid Migraines

October 6, 2019 | 3:35pm

How many times have you gone to bed making a mental list of everything you had to do the next day: waking up at 6:00 am to make breakfast, taking the kids to school, attending back-to-back meetings at work, running back home to make it to your kid’s baseball game, etc., only to wake up with a pounding headache? Morning migraines are more common than people realize. According to the National Sleep Foundation, almost fifty percent of all migraines occur between four and nine o’clock in the morning, ruining your day before it even starts. Time after time, researchers have found links between sleep and migraines, particularly lack of sleep as a frequent migraine trigger.   But improving your sleeping habits is not as easy as it sounds. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in three adults doesn’t get enough sleep, and migraine sufferers are even more likely to experience sleep disturbances. The problem with our sleeping habits, experts explain, is that we aren't consistent with them. The vast majority of...

Managing Chronic Migraines as a Parent – Tips for Moms and Dads

September 29, 2019 | 9:42pm

Being a parent is a fantastic and rewarding experience, but it can also be incredibly hard sometimes, especially for migraine sufferers. From constantly worrying about the well-being of others, to not having a single moment alone to yourself, it’s no wonder many parents are seriously sleep-deprived. The relationship between lack of sleep and migraines has been well documented. Researchers conducting animal studies have found that sleep deprivation triggers changes in the nervous system that allows for migraines to occur. For individuals who already get the occasional migraine, the lack of sleep and the constant stress that comes from parenting can be a recipe for disaster. 5 Tips for Successful Parenting with Migraines Always be prepared Though we usually think of being prepared for migraines as having the right medications on hand or avoiding sure-fire triggers, preparing yourself for the inevitable can take many different forms. For instance, having a few frozen lunches or dinners that your kids like waiting to be thawed in case of an emergency will save you the stress of figuring out...

7 Health Conditions Associated with Migraines

September 29, 2019 | 9:29pm

There’s no question about it: migraines can be extremely painful and debilitating. But did you know that they can also affect your health? Migraines can impact the body in several different ways. From increasing the risk for cardiovascular problems to triggering digestive issues, these are seven conditions that are associated with migraines.   Coexisting Conditions vs. Comorbidity When two conditions are found in the same person but the incidence is not greater than what is seen in the general population, these are referred to as coexisting conditions. For example, a patient may have migraine and asthma. There is no evidence suggesting that these two conditions exist in a single patient more frequently than these conditions exist in individual patients in the general population. In contrast, migraine and depression appear to be comorbid because they occur together more often than they occur in individual patients in the general population. Depression Anxiety Stroke Irritable bowel syndrome Epilepsy Hypertension These illnesses are now recognized as being common migraine comorbidities. Insomnia Migraines and insomnia have a two-way relationship; poor...

5 Facts You Need to Know About Joint Pain

September 27, 2019 | 11:27am

Joints are the places on the body where two or more bones meet. Humans have three main types of joints: synovial, cartilaginous, and fibrous. Synovial joints are freely moveable, meaning that they allow you to extend, rotate or pivot the bones to which they are connected. Some common examples of synovial joints are the knee, elbow, wrist, and knuckle joints. Cartilaginous and fibrous joints provide little to no range of motion; the fibers that connect the bones on your skull are examples of fibrous joints. Cartilaginous joints can be found in between the vertebrae or connecting the pubic bones. When we talk about joint pain, we are typically referring to synovial joints. Synovial joints, as the name suggests, are surrounded by a membrane filled with synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is a viscous liquid that keeps joints lubricated, but too much of it can trigger inflammation and pain. More often than not, join pain occurs when there is a buildup of synovial fluid caused by normal wear and tear, an injury or an autoimmune condition. Joint...

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