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Avoiding Spring Migraines & Headaches

April 24, 2019 | 8:56am

Springtime brings change.

It is a hopeful season transforming cold to warm, darkness to light, and grey to color as nature springs back to life everywhere. The brain of migraineurs however, likes consistency.  Even subtle changes in light, air-pressure, temperature, humidity, and fragrances that don’t affect anyone else can have devastating effects on migraine sufferers.

Weather changes almost inevitably cause variations in atmospheric pressure and headaches or migraines that are caused by or affected by changes in the weather are often called barometric or pressure headaches or migraines. You can treat a barometric pressure headache like other types of headaches. Take and over-the-counter medication or nutritional supplement option at the first sign of discomfort.  To prevent future barometric pressure migraines, become aware of air pressure changes and make simple lifestyle adjustments.

Beware of hotter days. A team of researchers at Harvard found that an increase in temperatures occurred 24 hours before increases in admissions to emergency rooms for treatment of migraines. There is not much a patient can do to control the weather or avoid warm temperatures or changes in barometric pressure, therefore it is important to be vigilant about managing other triggers such as sleep and diet. Avoid well known food triggers, and drastic changes in your sleep pattern if you can. It is also very important to stay well hydrated and to avoid strenuous outdoor activities or exercise during times of the day when it’s excessively warm or humid.

Spring is also allergy season, and for many people sinus or allergy headaches can lead to migraines.

Tips to avoid “Spring” migraines:

1. To avoid airborne allergens in your home, clean or change A/C filters
2. If you are allergy prone, make sure your allergy medications are handy.
3. With higher temperature, dehydration occurs even if we don’t feel dehydrated. Dehydration is a big cause of migraines. Drink lots of water
4. Stick with a sleep schedule, try to got to bed at the same time as much as possible and determine what number of hours is best for you. Both too little and too much sleep can increase migraine risk.
5. Light (photophobia) is a major contributor to migraine risk. Purchase a polarized, high grade pair of sunglasses and wear a hat with a brim to keep out even more light.
6. Be careful of new fragrances that you introduce not only in perfumes but moisturizers as well.

Follow these tips, use your Migrelief daily maintenance supplement, keep fast acting MigreLief-NOW (as-needed migraine formula)  on hand for emergencies, and enjoy the fun and beauty of Spring.

To the Best of Health,

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

Improve Your Memory Today While Maintaining Healthy Brain Volume as You Age

February 5, 2019 | 10:15pm

Brain boosting dietary supplements are very beneficial  for improving memory and recall, but equally important is their ability to maintain healthy and youthful brain volume as you age.

In this age where sophisticated imaging machines can look at the health of our brains, we’ve learned that several parts of the brain can shrink with aging. This shrinking (atrophy) is associated with poorer brain/cognitive function and may even lead to Alzheimer’s disease.  Akeso Health Sciences has included ingredients in the dietary supplement “Calm & Clever” that have been shown to help maintain already healthy and normal levels of brain volume in areas crucial to long-term brain health, cognitive function and memory.  Calm & Clever contains both anxiolytic (stress reducing) and Nootropic (brain boosting) ingredients.  Think of nootropics as food for your brain. When we provide our brains with proper nutrition, it can function at peak performance.

One such supplement is Huperzine A, a potent and well-rounded nootropic famous for its ability to improve cognition and overall brain health.  Huperzine A is an herbal alkaloid compound extracted and purified from the Huperziaceae family of plants. It has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries.  Its list of physical and mental health benefits is extensive. From its ability to improve memory and recall, to slowing age-related cognitive decline and providing neuroprotection.

What is acetylcholine and why is it important?

Acetylcholine is one of the chemicals that our nerves use to communicate in the brain, muscles, and other areas. It is known as the learning neurotransmitter linked directly to memory and one’s ability to retain newly learned information. Acetylcholine also plays a significant role in muscle contraction leading to improvements in physical performance and reaction time.  Huperzine A is known as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI).  In other words, Huperzine A prevents enzymes from breaking down acetylcholine in the brain. The enzyme in question is acetylcholinesterase which is an abundant substance in our brains. Therefore, Huperzine A’s inhibition of AChE allows more acetylcholine to build up in the brain.  By increasing the amount of available acetylcholine in your brain, we increase our brain’s capacity to memorize and retain information through enhanced neurotransmission.

Improved learning, memory and recall are just some of the many benefits of Huperzine A.  Studies have confirmed the following cognitive enhancements and overall health benefits.

Huperzine A:

  • Reduces brain fog and enhances mental precision
  • Enhances physical and mental endurance and overall fatigue reduction
  • Improves  physical power output during exercise and quicker recovery following overexertion
  • Enhances human growth hormone (HGH) production in young healthy adults
  • Improves fat oxidation in all age ranges
  • Significantly improves mood without negatively impacting sleep or causing restlessness
  • Provides neuroprotection to help prevent age-related cognitive decline and brain shrinkage (hippocampal atrophy)
  • Promotes nervous tissue growth and development through neurogenesis
  • Can improve and reduce symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative conditions
  • Improves focus, concentration and overall cognitive function

Most of the Huperzine A benefits result from the increased acetylcholine production. It is not only a powerful nootropic but an excellent choice for bodybuilders and fitness enthusiasts. The mood boosting effects arise from the subsequent increase in norepinephrine and dopamine levels.

PROTECTING THE BRAIN
Huperzine A performs several vital functions that allow acetylcholine levels to increase. Once increased, it begins to shield your brain from oxidative damage and other common causes of brain cell death. Huperzine A (a NMDA receptor antagonist) prevents glutamate toxicity from damaging neurons. Amino acid glutamate is known for its overstimulation of NMDA receptors, which in turn causes damage to neurons. Huperzine A helps prevent this type of impairment from occurring. 

Huperzine A is just one of the amazing ingredients in the dietary supplement “Calm & Clever.”  To learn about the other  ingredients in this nootroopic and anxiolitic combination supplement, click here.

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