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Why Going to the Dentist May Help You Prevent Migraines

October 20, 2019 | 8:46pm

  Can you guess what’s the strongest muscle in the human body? Many muscles, including the tongue, the heart, and the gluteus maximus have been deemed the strongest muscles of the human body. But when it comes to sheer force there is one muscle that’s above all others: the masseter. The masseter is a thick, flat muscle located in the cheeks, and it is part of what we call the “jaw muscles.” When the muscles of the jaw work together, they can close your back teeth (molars) with a force of up to 200 pounds and 95 pounds on the rest of your teeth. We use the jaw muscles every day to talk and chew. But sometimes we clench our jaws involuntarily, exerting too much pressure in or around the face and temples. Bruxism is the abnormal and involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth that may occur during the day or at night while we sleep. Your dentist may diagnose you with bruxism during a regular dental check-up based on changes on your teeth....

Rebound Headaches – The Merry-Go-Round of Medication Overuse Headaches & Recurring Migraines

October 20, 2019 | 5:57pm

When a headache strikes, our first instinct is to reach for the medication cabinet. Over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers like ibuprofen and acetaminophen may be effective at treating headaches and generally cause fewer side effects than their prescription counterparts. But OTC pain relievers and headache medications are not without side effects. Rebound headaches are one of the biggest concerns for regular headache sufferers. A rebound headache, also called medication overuse headache, occurs as a result of misusing or taking painkillers (or migraine medications) too frequently. Experts are not sure why rebound headaches happen. However, the general consensus is that as medications wear off, the body goes through a withdrawal reaction – typically another headache – that causes the person to reach for another painkiller. Eventually, this cycle may shift receptors or pathways on the brain and alter how pain is perceived by the body. Scientists have determined that rebound headaches tend to occur as a result of medication misuse or overuse. That means that those who use medicines for longer than advised by their doctor or pharmacist...

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...

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