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Avoid Common Thanksgiving Migraine Triggers

November 24th, 2019

 

 

Common Thanksgiving Migraine Triggers and How to Avoid Them

It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the new year, and now we’re getting ready for Thanksgiving and holiday season all over again!  Naturally, the last few months of the year should be filled with joy and happiness, with delicious food, family gatherings, and cozy weather reminding us of what’s really important in life.

But when you suffer from migraines, it’s easy to miss out on the fun. For migraineurs, many of the things that people love the most about the holidays – comfort food, scented candles, Christmas lights, etc. – can also set off a migraine attack.  The good news is that knowing what might trigger an attack can give you an upper hand against your migraines this holiday season.

There are four major migraine triggers to look out for during Thanksgiving:

Stress

Most migraine sufferers know that it’s not uncommon to get a headache at the end of a particularly tough day.  In fact, according to the American Headache Society, 4 out of 5 migraineurs recognize stress as a trigger.  Experts are still not entirely sure why stress triggers migraines. However, some hypothesize that it might have something to do with the hormones that the body secretes when it’s under stress.

If stress is a big trigger for you, it is essential to avoid taking on too many roles for Thanksgiving and make sure to ask for help. Cooking dinner for guests without help, volunteering to bring too many dishes to the party, or even traveling during the days leading up to Thanksgiving are all common stressors during the holidays.

Food & Drink Triggers

Thanksgiving is one of those holidays that revolves around food – every November, people suddenly start craving turkey, gravy, and everything pumpkin spice. However, when you suffer from chronic migraines, it’s important to pay attention to what and how much you eat and drink.

Here are frequent migraine triggers that may be lurking on the Thanksgiving table this year:

Caffeine
Alcohol
Chocolate
Spicy foods
Cured meats
Aged cheese
Salt
Pickled foods

Weather Changes

Do your migraines usually occur at the same time each year? If they do, you might be sensitive to temperature and pressure changes. Weather and temperature affect everybody differently; in some people, certain barometric changes can cause chemical imbalances that affect how the brain responds to pain signals. In other cases, bright lights, extreme cold, and dryness or humidity can trigger or worsen migraines.

To avoid weather-related migraine attacks this Thanksgiving, keep an eye on the weather forecast so you’re not caught off-guard and can prepare ahead. For example, plan to stay indoors during extremely cold or windy days; drink plenty of water to keep your sinuses moisturized; and use warm clothing even if you’re going to be outside for a short time.

 

3 Tips – Getting Through Thanksgiving Migraine-Free

In addition to keeping an eye out for any potential triggers, these tips can help you stay migraine-free during Thanksgiving:

Remember Holidays Past

Did you get a pounding headache last Thanksgiving? Try to remember what you did, ate, and drank that day so you can avoid it this year. Maybe it was all that cheese you ate or the extra glass or two of wine that you had. Perhaps, you know that a family member’s perfume always triggers a migraine, in which case you can politely ask them to refrain from using it this year. Whatever the case may be, use last year’s (or the year before) pain to your advantage this year to plan ahead.

Delegate

If you are hosting this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, it is crucial to start delegating tasks early on. Asking friends and family members to bring along a food contribution will keep you from stressing out and potentially getting a migraine on the day of the dinner. Also, remember to ask for help whenever you need it. If you feel a migraine coming up, don’t be afraid to leave someone in charge and take a break before it turns into a full-blown attack.

Keep Your Medications Handy

Whether you’re traveling or spending Thanksgiving at home, stock up on your preventive and abortive migraine medications before Thanksgiving if you are running low. A daily nutritional supplement like MigreLief can be of great help during the holiday season; just choose one of the three MigreLief’s everyday formulas and take it twice per day for daily maintenance. You can also use MigreLief-NOW as an as-needed supplement when you need fast-acting support.

 

Wishing you a wonderful migraine-free Thanksgiving holiday!

 

It’s the 4th of July. Make Sure Only Fireworks Explode and Not Your Head!

July 3rd, 2016

Migraine Relief - MigreLiefThis 4th of July… be prepared.  Keep MigreLief-Now on hand at all times in case of an emergency and take at the first sign of discomfort.

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The 4th of July is fun for most everyone. But certain aspects of what we do on the 4th can bring on a migraine attack.

Avoid common migraine triggers:

1- Barbequed meats, cheeses, chips, dips, pickles & olives, meat tenderizers, diet sodas – The chemicals found in these ingredients have all been associated with migraines

2- Loud Noises – Don’t get to close to the fireworks and cover ears if sensitive

3- Bright Lights – Consider wearing sunglasses when watching the fireworks

4- Alcohol – When combined with all of the above can bring on migraine in many people. So stick with water, fruit juice, coffee, or if available, beverages sweetened with stevia or erythritol.

What is best to eat?

Burgers without tenderizers, prepared with basic seasonings like salt and pepper. grilled chicken with vegetables, and fruit salads are healthier substitutes….don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

Don’t for get that Akeso Health Sciences, fast acting migraine formula, MigreLief-NOW is great to keep on hand during emergencies.  Adults should take 2-4 capsules at the first sign of distress (children age 2-11 take 1/2 the adult dose) and enjoy your holiday.

Hopefully these hints will keep you independent of migraines on Independence Day!

 

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

 

Sweetner Sucralose/Splenda – Oh No! Not Another Migraine Trigger

June 18th, 2011

Spenda imageA case report about a woman whose migraines were being triggered by the artificial sweetner  Sucralose/Splenda was published by the Albert  Einstein School of Medicine, dept. of  neurology.

When the physicians withdrew the sucralose her migraines stopped and when they reintroduced it, they  began again.

If you look carefully at the labels of low calorie drinks and foods you will find sucralose in many of them.  It is not yet clear if sucralose serves as a trigger for lots of migraine sufferers.  Only time will tell.

Interestingly, this woman also reported menstrual migraines that were caused by her birth control pills. When the physicians switched from a fixed estrogen birth control medicine to a triphasic, her menstrual migraines improved significantly.

If you are on birth control pills and feel that they may be contributing to your migraine headaches, speak to your doctor about possibly switching to a different one.

Curt Hendrix B.S. M.S. C.C.N. C.N.S.