Ways to Prevent Migraine Pain

Migraine pain is tormenting with no immediate or permanent solution in sight for many sufferers. There are several factors that aggravate your migraine issues however there are ways to prevent it too.

A migraine is a prominent headache disorder described by repeated headaches from moderate to severe. Migraines may present awful experience with hammering pain in the head with sensitivity to light & sound. There are ways to prevent migraine pain. One by identifying what triggers it and others by finding its remedies.

Migraine

Foods that normally trigger migraine

These foods have properties to induce a migraine.
  • Hot dogs, meats, bacon, and sausage
  • Chocolate
  • Blue, feta, cheddar, Parmesan, and Swiss cheese that contains tyramine.
  • Red wine
  • Ice cream or iced drinks
  • Processed food
  • Pickled foods
  • Cultured dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream, and yogurt.
  • Beans
  • Flavor enhancers like monosodium glutamate (MSG).

Tips and Precautions to prevent migraine

Avoid Stress:

Although it is easier said than done to control stress. Try meditation and yoga or other mental relaxation techniques that include listening to music or doing some constructive activities that de-stresses you and takes your mind away from the tormenting migraine pain.

Do not change your normal sleep pattern:

Good sleep is the guarantee of good health and helps to keep off migraine at bay. However, over-sleeping could cause it too, so sleep as per your schedule.

Hunger and dehydration:

Eat on time within 1-hour of waking up then eat your meals every 4 hours. Also, keep yourself hydrated by drinking water regularly. Do not fast or skip a meal when you have migraine tendency, as it can increase your sufferings.

Do not allow punishing weariness to override:

When you are too tired and have the tendency for migraine you are most likely to get it. Avoid overtiring yourself.

Avoid excessive caffeine:

Excessive caffeine intake causes migraine. On the other hand, if you are habitual caffeine taker but discontinue taking caffeine suddenly, it will show withdrawal symptoms and enhance migraine pains.

Irregular menstrual periods:

Women who have migraine problem could have menstrual problems too. Take care of the cycle, as it will help in controlling the migraine.

Do regular exercises:

Exercising and outdoor physical activities on a daily basis will help you in controlling migraine.

Stop smoking:

Smoking is injurious to the lungs and migraine also. The studies found that non-smoking habit helps in subsiding migraine.

Avoid bright and flickering lights:

Bright and flickering lights also cause a migraine to those already suffering from it.



Smells induce it:

Beware as there are several smells like cigarette smoke, food odors, and certain perfumes that aggravate migraine. This phenomenon is also known as Osmophobia.

Weather change:

Watch for the changes in weather as it can also cause migraine.

Natural remedies to prevent migraine

There are certain natural remedies that reduce and prevent migraine symptoms.

Try eating ginger:

Ginger is effective, as it contains 200 substances in its oils with anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and antihistamine properties. Mix one-eighth of a teaspoon of powdered ginger in water and drink it when the first indication of migraine shows up. Watch for its positive action as your migraine reduces dramatically and goes within 30 minutes.

Add magnesium to your diet:

Magnesium deficiency in food is linked to headaches and migraines. Migraine gets relief from magnesium supplements. Here are some foods that have a good content of magnesium.

Food with magnesium:

The magnesium-rich foods include sesame seeds, green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, figs, avocado, banana and raspberries eggs, almonds, cashew nuts, sunflower seeds, milk, Brazil nuts, and peanut butter. The seafood salmon fish, mackerel, and tuna also have it amply. In addition, most veggies like peas, broccoli, cabbage, green beans, artichokes, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts also have magnesium in sufficient quantity.

Acupressure: 

Acupressure is also useful in providing relief by these methods. Press the base of the web between thumb and index finger, the pressure at that point reduces pain. Use the tips of index fingers to apply pressure to both points above the eyelids for a minute.

Acupressure

Use essential oil like Lavender oil to smell. Apply diluted lavender oil and peppermint oil on forehead or temples, it gives immediate relief.

Yoga and meditation are tried and tested methods for relief from migraine.

Watch out for your migraine symptoms and take measures in view of the above.

References:

https://www.webmd.com/migraines-headaches/avoiding-migraine-triggers#1
https://www.healthline.com/health/natural-ways-to-reduce-migraines#7