Headaches / Migraines

More than 29.5 million people in the U.S. suffer from migraines, according to the National Headache Foundation. Women are three times more likely than men to have migraines which leaves a lot of women looking for alternative therapies. You might be surprised at the findings that have been called miracles for some headache/migraine sufferers which include:

  • Magnesium: Migraines cause vasoconstriction and decreased blood flow through blood vessels, followed by vasodilation and increased blood flow, which leads to a severe headache. Magnesium supplements can cause vasodilation, which may lead to decreased migraines, according to the USDA.Read more:http://www.livestrong.com/article/346285-migraines-and-magnesium-deficiency/#ixzz1xB7TbYSH . Women often experience menstrual migraines, headaches that start before or during their periods. Perhaps not coincidentally, other studies have noted that right before menstruation is also a time when magnesium levels in women tend to dip.
  • Vitamin B-12 : The New York Headache Center suggests that vitamin B12 supplementation should be attempted as a fix for migraines, as it does not have any adverse side effects and is relatively inexpensive to administer. A combination of folic acid, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 (as found in our B-Activ Supplement) were found in a 2009 study published in “Pharmacogenetics & Genomics” to reduce homocysteine, thus reducing migraine disability by 30 percent, as well as headache frequency and severity.
  • Vitamin D-3 : A study published in the medical journal, “Headache” in September 2009 found that vitamin D-deficient patients with chronic tension-type headaches had a positive response to vitamin D and calcium supplements.
  • Detox: Foods and the acids that they may produce can be the trigger for some people. Going through a detox program is an amazing way to find your food triggers. After a detox , you slowly introduce a food group one at a time and if you notice a reaction like a migraine afterwards you should avoid it at all costs.  Food intolerance testing can also be done.
  • Stress: Stress can trigger both migraine and tension-type headaches. Events like getting married, moving to a new home, or having a baby can cause stress (See our stress inventory). But studies show that everyday stresses — not major life changes — cause most headaches. Stress can drain your adrenal glands and inadvertently be a cause for migraines.
Supplements to consider:
  • MagneSul Topical Cream – is a true transdermal cream containing a special liposome allowing it to easily pass through the skin tissue and release the magnesium sulfate gradually into the body.  Apply to the temples, forehead or back of neck for migraine relief.
  • Methylcobalamin- B12 sublingual tablets used once a week can raise B-12 levels equally as well as B-12 injections.
  • D3 Liquid – these drops are a standard among our patients (also available in capsules).  Vitamin D deficiency can effect brain health.
  • B-Active – contains the entire spectrum of B vitamins to support adrenal, neurological and stress-related function.
  • Super Adrenal Stress Formula – precisely formulated combination of nutrients to help promote normal adrenal hormone production and adrenal function.
  •  RelaxMax – a formula to promote a calm, relaxed physiological and emotional state.
  1. Try our 28 Day Detoxification Plan to cleanse the system and identified food triggers.  This is not a bowel cleanse but a “metabolic” cleanse to help your body’s systems re-align and start working the way they were intended.  You’ll feel the difference!
  2. Learn to recognize and understand stress and assess your stress level and risk for illness with our Stress Inventory.
  3. Try our 3 minute relaxation technique.  It really does work!
  4. Improving your healthy starts with a good diet, an active lifestyle and stress management.  See our section on Lifestyle Modifications and learn how to make positive changes to prevent aging!

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