Migraines are a type of headache that a lot of Americans unfortunately suffer from. They can debilitate a person suddenly out of nowhere, and with no warning. This sudden onset of a painful type of headache can cause people to have to stop what they are doing, and will need to often rest for the remainder of the day.
Well now there is some new evidence that suggests these irritating headaches are caused by something important to our health we may be lacking of.
Millions of people suffer from painful headaches, with migraines being the most popular ones. According to Dr. Weil, a holistic health physician, migraines affect 17% of women and 6% of men. For some people, they suddenly cannot see anything except for blurry spots, while others get a pounding headache that forces them to lie down for the rest of the day. Other symptoms include nausea, being sensitive to light, and some even vomit from them.
Migraines are no laughing matter, and there are even prescription medications people take that can help relieve the pain or decrease them. If you haven’t had one, consider yourself lucky. If you are a frequent sufferer of these excruciatingly painful headaches, there is one thing you can do to prevent getting frequent migraines anymore.
Many different studies in the past have been done that have shown what can trigger a migraine to come on. Some studies have shown that weather change can be a culprit, especially for those who live in hot temperature areas, as well as consuming too much sugar in a one to two day period. Another reason is the serotonin levels could have changed in your brain, or even a decrease or increase in blood flow to your brain. Different things can cause migraines, even based off of genetics, but this new finding can be something you can change that will decrease the amount of migraines you have to suffer through.
You can determine whether or not you are vitamin deficient. A recent study has shown that if you are deficient in folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and vitamin D, these could be potential triggers as to why you are suffering from so many migraines. Missing these vitamins from your diet increases your risk of migraines by 300%. It is important to know for sure whether you are getting the most out of your body’s required vitamin intake, because if you aren’t, this could be exactly why you get so many of these headaches.
Dr. Weil also confirmed that there are various food products that can bring on a migraine headache. While food additives don’t help, such as MSG, nitrites, nitrates, and even food coloring, the following can also trigger a migraine:
Aside from how food can trigger migraine headaches, along with outside sources such as weather, we forget how much fatigue can affect us. Lack of sleep doesn’t just lead to exhaustion, but it can also trigger a migraine. Not to mention a change in pressure, skipping meals, flashing lights, or even pungent smelling substances such as paint, chemicals, or even perfume can start one as well.
Watch this video to learn more about migraines.
If you get migraine headaches often, keep track in a notebook what you ate and everything you did on that particular day that you had one. Perhaps you can find a pattern or identify a potential trigger to prevent them in the future. Don’t forget to also check if you are deficient in regards to your vitamin intake, as that can be the cause of your migraines.