One of the common ailments in people are migraines., and although women tend to suffer more, men are not exempt, so these five actions are recommended to improve health and migraines do not prevent daily activities.
Migraine is a type of headache that may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound, and many people feel a throbbing pain on only one side of the head.
Migraine is a genetic neurological disease, but there are several factors that can contribute to its appearance. Changes in sleep patterns and hormone levels, and even changes in the weather, can trigger migraines. Sometimes just eating certain foods is enough.
Amaal Starling, MD, a Mayo Clinic neurologist, shares five lifestyle changes that can help manage migraines:
Dr. Starling recommends avoid, if possible, changes in sleep pattern even on weekends. “Some of my patients say, ‘I get migraines on the weekends when I’m not working,’ and I ask them, ‘Well, what time do you normally wake up? What time do you go to sleep?’. There is often a very marked difference between normal times and those on weekends, and this can cause migraine attacks. Consistency in sleep pattern is very important.”
Following a schedule for exercise can be very important and can raise the threshold for migraine. “According to studies, about 20 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week works as well as some of the medications” that are prescribed for this condition.
Advise eat healthy whole foods and don’t skip meals. “Processed foods should be avoided and you should try not to have too high values (peaks) and too low values (troughs) of blood glucose. Also avoid skipping meals. These are all tools to raise that threshold.”
Too it is important to make sure you are well hydrated. “This is very important, especially during the winter months. People, in winter, as it is colder, do not feel as thirsty and in fact become more dehydrated than during the summer”.
Managing stress is also essential. This is achieved by practicing mindfulness and meditation.. “We all have stress in life. It’s really about how we handle it and how we deal with stress.”
Dr. Starling argues that implementing these lifestyle changes can help raise the threshold for migraine so that things you can’t control, like the weather, aren’t such a strong trigger for a migraine attack.
“It’s very empowering for people to hear what they can control and what they can’t control as much.”
With information from the Mayo Clinic.