Plagued by migraines? The winter season can be a nightmare for triggering migraine symptoms, not least because of the cold weather. That doesn’t mean you have to accept migraines as part of your life though or continually dose up on pain relief. There are plenty of other ways to keep migraines at bay and we’ve got you covered with some natural tips for preventing migraine symptoms at this time of year.
Cut Out Sugar
What you eat can be really important for avoiding migraine symptoms.
Sugar is a big culprit as your blood sugar levels can trigger headaches. Refined, processed sugar is the one to avoid as it spikes your blood sugar quickly. If you’re prone to migraines, eating a lot of this type of sugar can trigger attacks. A lot of migraine sufferers find that they have less attacks when they cut back on refined sugar or cut it out altogether.
If you tend to drink less during the winter season, increasing your fluid intake can prevent headaches and migraines that are linked to dehydration. Your brain is around 75% water and it needs plenty of water to work at its best. If that doesn’t happen? It’s been suggested that blood vessels narrow to try to balance out fluid levels, and that means headaches. This can be anything from a mild headache to a full blown migraine.
NEUSTAR TIP: If you drink coffee and other caffeinated drinks a lot, swap them for more water. Caffeine can be a migraine trigger for many sufferers.
Get Plenty of Vitamin D
If you don’t supplement with vitamin D during the winter season, it could be a factor when it comes to migraines. There’s a lot less natural sunlight at this time of year and that can be a problem if you don’t get much vitamin D from your diet.
An observational study found that over 40% of patients with chronic migraines also had a vitamin D deficiency. And for those who had been suffering from migraines for a long time were more likely to be lacking in vitamin D. If you’ve been struggling with migraines for a while, it’s definitely worth looking at your vitamin D intake!
Use a Magnesium Spray
Magnesium is another nutrient that you definitely want to get plenty of. A lot of us don’t meet our daily needs through our diet and what we do get is easily depleted by stress.
If you’re not getting as much as you should, it could be a game changer when it comes to avoiding migraine symptoms. According to research, there’s often a strong link between migraines and magnesium intake. In one study, boosting magnesium levels led to a 41.6% reduction in migraine symptoms. And for those of you who struggle with migraines around “that” time of the month, studies have also suggested that magnesium supplementation can help to treat menstrual migraines and headaches.
One of the easiest ways to get a magnesium boost? Use a magnesium spray. Your body absorbs magnesium easily this way as it passes straight through to the tissues and into cells.
You can get more magnesium through your diet too. Stock up on leafy greens (the darker, the better!), pumpkin seeds, almonds, black beans, bananas and avocado. Dark chocolate is also a great source of magnesium, as long as you choose the high quality kind that’s rich in cocoa!
Try Far Infrared Sauna
Regular sessions with an Far Infrared (FIR) sauna can be a very underrated way to tackle migraine attacks. This is due to the way that they heat your body and increase circulation and blood flow.
Sauna sessions are highly relaxing, which is great for relieving stress related headaches. You’ll feel refreshed and energized after a sauna session and it’s well known for easing tension in general.
According to studies, using an infrared sauna can work really well for reducing the intensity of headaches.
Infrared saunas also help to reduce chronic pain, including migraines. Having an infrared sauna at home gives you the opportunity to get the benefits whenever a migraine (or any other type of pain, for that matter!) strikes.
NEUSTAR TIP:Teaming up your infrared sauna session with a massage session can help to tackle migraine symptoms just when you most need it.
Try the Magnesphere
The Magnesphere is another great way to relax and some people even find themselves falling asleep during sessions! It uses a natural, uniform magnetic field across your whole body, not too dissimilar to MRI technology. More specifically, these are the same kind of magnetic field strengths that are found naturally in your body.
This helps to bring balance to your body and stimulates the Autonomic Nervous System. The end result? You’ll feel calm and relaxed and any chronic stress that may have presented itself in a migraine will disappear.
Here at Neustar, we’re all about supporting you to manage pain and discomfort. We only stock products that are proven to improve your quality of life and that we have personally tested. We’re here to help you to find solutions that help you to get back in control of your life!