During the headache there must also be present at least one of the following:
this is the other classification of migraine, and there must be at least 2 attacks that have the following qualities:
At least 2 of the following must also be present for this type of migraine to be diagnosed:
There are many theories as to why they occur, including genetics, platelet disorders, neuronal disorders, hormonal related migraines, medication reactions etc. There isn’t really a clear reason for why migraines occur, however science does show us some clear links between migraines occurring and food intolerances and allergies. A classic example is a study by Bushara et al in which celiac patients observed significant reductions in their migraines when gluten was removed from the diet. There are several studies that support this find, and also many that show a clear link between dietary Amines and the triggering of migraines. We will have a look at what dietary amines are in a moment
this can play a huge part in both headaches and migraines. There are a number of case reports in which dehydrated patients increased their water intake and had greatly reduced occurrence of migraines. It’s not this simple for everyone, but if you know you are not drinking enough water this is a great place to start.
Food intolerances cause classic inflammatory reactions in the body, including Migraines and headaches. As we discussed in a previous post titled ‘SIBO & food intolerances’, food intolerances can cause us to develop something called leaky gut, which means that food particles can get through the wall of the intestine into the blood stream where they are not supposed to be. When this occurs, the immune system goes into high alert with huge inflammatory reactions. The immune system also reacts to food particles and proteins entering the circulatory system, causing symptoms that range from stomach cramps and diarrhea to headaches and migraines.
If you have been suffering Migraines for a long time and yet to find a treatment that works for you, we highly recommend that you have a food intolerance test done. This will show you all of your personal trigger foods, so that you can then avoid them. Doing this will greatly reduce the inflammation you experience and may be very beneficial in reducing your migraine frequency.
It’s also a really good idea to avoid all of the known trigger foods that have been mentioned above. For some people just the removal of coffee and chocolate is enough to greatly reduce Migraine frequency, and even prevent them from occurring.
Make sure that you stay hydrated, this is really huge for Migraine sufferers. A generally guideline is 2litres of water daily at a minimum. You can add a tiny pinch of Himalayan pink salt or pure sea salt to each litre of water to help your body absorb the hydration into your cells.
Consuming small regular meals is another great way to keep your blood sugar stable and ward off migraines. These meals need to have a good balance of fibre and protein, because these food groups really help to stabilise your blood sugar.
A good example of some meals that are high in fibre and protein include:
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