Migraine is a severe headache, a throbbing pain that occurs on one side of the head, appears in the form of recurrent episodes. It is named a migraine headache because it doesn’t include the entire head. A migraine cannot be ignored and those affected almost always seek treatment.
A migraine occurs due to dilation of the blood vessels in the brain, resulting in pressure on the nerve receptors, causing excessive excitation. With each pulse, the blood vessels press the nerve receptors, which explain the pulsating pain during the migraine attack.
Causes and Predisposing factors of a migraine headach
- Genetic cause of migraine headaches in the family and its inclusion.
- Extreme light, annoying sounds, and strong smells.
- Insomnia, sleep changes and nervous tension.
- Excessive physical effort and some foods such as chocolate and old cheese.
- Smoking and drinking alcohol.
- During the menstrual cycle because of the change in the level of hormones in the blood.
Symptoms of migraines
A migraine does not occur at once but appears in several stages:
- Foods that may cause migraine include cocoa, yellow cheese, yogurt, fermented foods, caffeine, citrus fruits, smoked fish, sausages, aspartame (in “diet” beverages), MSG foods such as canned foods, ready soups, and soy sauce.
- Sea fish (salmon, sardines, tuna), flax seeds and oil because they all contain omega-3 acids, which are of great importance in the formation of brain cell membranes and have a strong anti-inflammatory effect.
- Eat fruits and vegetables because they contain fiber that helps prevent constipation which could be one of the reasons for headache.
- Eat foods rich in magnesium such as seeds, nuts, green vegetables, and lentils. Magnesium helps relax muscles and blood vessels. It was found that people suffering from migraines have magnesium deficiency.
Herbal and Dietary Supplements:
- Aromatherapy or essential oils induce pain relief, such as peppermint or lavender oils.
- Magnesium: 400 mg daily
- Coenzyme Q10: 300 mg daily
- Omega 3 protects brain cells and reduces inflammation, which may help relieve migraine.
- Wheatgrass: the richest functional food with vitamin B2, essential for reducing headache
- Anise, Mint, Ginger: Herbs that relieve headache and help calm vomiting and nausea.
The instructions and recommendations mentioned in this diet are general guidelines and do not take into account differences between individuals. Any health condition should be treated by a specialist and we advise you to consult your doctor before taking any product that may affect your health.