Migraine Triggers

Migraine Triggers

I struggled with migraines and headaches for years. And I know from experience just how debilitating they can be.

So this is a subject I feel very compassionate about. If I can help another by sharing this information, I’m more than happy to do so.  

I’ve read statistics in the arena of 45 millionAmericans suffering from headaches each year. Wow, that’s a lot of suffering. 

I remember getting my first headache at the age of 10! They started becoming more and more frequent over the years until finally at one point in my life I was getting as many as 4-5 Migraine headaches per week! At which time I had two babies to raise, so I was living on Tylenol just to get through the days. Sometimes the Tylenol wouldn’t even work. I was miserable.  

I spent years trying to figure it out. Doctors, nutritionists, chiropractors, diets, allergy testing you name it. Anyone who has been there knows the desperation ones feels to FIX it! I swear there were times I would have sold my soul to the devil just for one headache free day, just ONE! 

So, after many years of figuring this all out for myself, here are the things which have helped me immensely with my headaches, and not in any particular order at all; 

Addressing any hormonal issue with good clean diet by eating a correct balance of good clean protein, fats and carb and drinking high quality purified water. 

Sorting out sleep issues so I can get proper rest and learning to deal better with stress and/or eliminating it as much as possible. Those two go hand in hand. 

Approach and engaging in spiritual enhancement (which can also help with stress) definitely helps.  

Also, what I found to help was identifying my allergens, such as gluten, and then staying away from them. 

Getting chiropractic adjustments and/or getting therapeutic massage as needed (by a sports injury type practitioner) occasionally helps. 

Beyond that, getting fresh air, enjoying family and life, setting and achieving goals, being a friend, having a pet, and helping people and generally having fun is essential. 

I’m happy to say that these days it’s very rare that I get a headache. And if I do, it’s because I went and did something I know I can’t get away with like; eating too much sugar or gluten, being in the heat too much or not sleeping well for a few nights in a row. 

I’ve gotten very good at recognizing what I can and cannot put in my body if I don’t want to feel like crap the next day and risk a headache coming on. For me I have a handful of triggers; alcohol of any kind, white sugar, gluten, upsets with family members and lack of sleep. That’s it! 

I think anyone can become aware of what their triggers are and then diligently work at eliminating them. Yes, it takes discipline but once you start feeling better and experiencing some relief, it becomes easier and easier to give those things up while still enjoying all the things you can have. 

I also believe that everyone has good instincts when it comes to themselves, it’s a matter of paying attention to those instincts.  

Example; You’re feeling just fine, you then go out to eat at a Chinese Restaurant. You wake up the next day with a blasting headache and zero energy.  

Well, my suggestion is to pay attention to your gut feeling, and in this scenario, you know that you felt fine until you ate that meal. Well…what’s in Chinese food? MSG, wheat, gluten, sugar etc… My bet is that you had a reaction to one or more of those ingredients, most likely the MSG.  

MSGused and marketed as a “flavor enhancer”, is known for causing headaches and even migraines. It’s pretty toxic stuff. Study up on it if you like.  

I hope you find this article useful and that it possibly assists you in helping to identify the cause(s) of your headaches.