4 Common Causes of Migraines
Migraines are a common problem among Americans. Many have migraines that are so debilitating that they miss work and important events to nurse the pain. Medications can provide some relief, but researchers believe the pain can caused by a number of surprising factors.
- Food sensitivities: Dairy, eggs and yeast have been known to cause migraines. In addition, some foods that contain gluten can cause inflammation throughout the body. Consider eliminating these foods for three weeks, then reintroduce them again, taking note of any symptoms that may arise.
- Hormonal imbalances: Some women have migraines before or during their monthly cycles, triggered by too much estrogen or not enough progesterone. Imbalances can be caused by stress, consuming too much sugar, alcohol or starchy foods, or by lack of exercise or sleep.
- Gut imbalances: Doctors are finding more illnesses are linked to an unhealthy intestinal environment. Nurture a healthy gut by eating prebiotic foods, adding probiotics to the diet as well as Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Magnesium deficiency: This mineral helps with relaxation. Not getting enough can spark headaches.
*Always consult your doctor for a complete and accurate diagnosis and before taking any supplements.