Migraines have a variety of causes and even more options for holistic treatment. These treatments can include massage, reflexology, yoga, hydrotherapy, and probably the most simple – nutrition. There are many different power foods and herbs that can easily be introduced into a diet with little or no effort.
Adding herbs and spices is not only a great way to add flavor to foods, but to also decrease migraine symptoms. Three powerhouse herbs and spices for treating this chronic condition are cayenne pepper, ginger, and peppermint.
- Cayenne pepper increases the pain threshold of some migraine patients. Simply adding a pinch of this super spice will add some kick to food and subdue migraine pain and pressure. An added bonus to cayenne pepper is that it is known to help speed up the metabolism which can be useful when dieting.
- Ginger, a predominantly Asian herb, helps to quell nausea. Nausea is often directly associated as one of the worst symptoms that come with a migraine. Grating fresh ginger over warm foods will add a sweet and tangy kick without a lot of effort.
- Peppermint can be found in any grocery store and can greatly increase relaxation for migraine sufferers. It is also a good choice to help soothe nausea and lower pain. Peppermint can be brewed as a tea, chopped into a salad, or chewed raw to be used for its medicinal properties.
Certain foods have properties that can treat and eliminate many symptoms of Migraines. Adding heart-healthy olive oil, greens, and sweet potatoes are a sure-fire way to help avoid and treat chronic migraines.
- Olive oil has long been known as a heart-healthy fat. In fact, it is the Omega -3 Fatty Acids that get the credit for the health benefits. Adding the Omega-3 from olive oil at least 3 times a week to your diet can greatly reduce the severity of a migraine. Add it to a salad or on top of some steamed veggies to really utilize its properties, as it will break down after being cooked.
- Greens such as spinach and broccoli contain large amounts of Riboflavin or B12. This nutrient is a key component in energy reserves in the body. Lacking this particular nutrient has been linked to chronic migraines but can easily be remedied by adding both to a diet at least 3 times a week.
- Sweet potatoes are not only nutritional power houses, but they also contain high levels of magnesium. Magnesium has shown profound effects on migraine symptoms. It is especially useful for women that experience menstrual migraines during their cycle.
You are what you eat – we have all heard that saying. But in the case of migraines, truer words have never been spoken. Adding a few herbs, spices, and power foods is not only nutritionally beneficial but also medicinal when treating chronic migraines.
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