Tuesday, 15 September 2015

23:09

I woke up at 3am, rolled over, and sighed deeply as I recognized the early warning signs: tension in my back that was creeping up one side of my neck and wrapping its way around my head, gripping onto one eyeball with its steadfast, steely hold. I was still early enough into the process that the nausea hadn’t hit yet. But I knew it was on its way. It was only a matter of time.

If you suffer from migraines, your symptoms may look different but you know of what I speak: that sinking feeling when the signs stack up and you think to yourself with dread, “Oh God, here it comes.”

1) Anti-inflame, naturally.

Move over ibuprophen, enter natural healing foods that up-regulate my body’s ability to anti-inflame. Some of my favorites are turmeric in my tea and an extra dose (or two) of my favorite cod liver oil. I also try to avoid those foods that are inflaming as a general rule. See here for more information on strategies for how to reduce inflammation naturally.

(Did you know that over-the-counter NSAIDS – non-steroidal anti-inflammatories – actually inhibit the body’s natural ability to anti-inflame? Short-term gain for long-term pain. Not worth it. And not necessary when you can have the same effect naturally.)

2) Hydrate

Did you know that migraines are a sign of significant dehydration? This is an easy one to knock off the list. Just drink more water. But make sure it’s good, filtered water (check out some of these home water filtration systems ), and that your body can actually absorb it. Add a pinch of unrefined sea salt to add minerals for better absorption.

 

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