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3 Things You Can Do To Prevent Migraine Headaches

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Migraine headaches are a disorder that millions of Americans suffer from. It is a severe pain that usually affects one side of a person's brain. Migraines can affect someone's ability to carry out their daily activities, such as work and school. This condition can also have a negative influence on their sleeping patterns and cause restlessness. These headaches are different from tension headaches, because they are often not caused by stress. Migraines are associated with other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, eye pain, and vision problems. Some scientists believe that this painful condition is caused by the narrowing of blood vessels in the brain. This creates extra pressure on the brain and causes a migraine. Migraine headaches can last for several hours or days, depending on the severity of the symptoms. A person is characterized as having a migraine when they suffer at least three attacks in a month. They also have to have pulsating pain for at least four hours and have a significant reduction of physical activity. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this disorder, but you can use some measures to fight it. You can do the following three things in order to prevent migraine headaches:

Practice Healthy Lifestyle Habits

The importance of living a healthy lifestyle cannot be overestimated. Eating a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, and meats can significantly reduce your risk of migraine headaches. It is also important to do this to maintain good health. You should also drink plenty of water and juices to help your immune system function properly. It is important to try and avoid foods that contain tyramine, which is an amino acid that is found in chocolate. This acid can trigger migraines and make some people feel sluggish. So, if you're going to eat chocolate, do so in moderation. If you like Coffee, be cautious because it has a negative reaction in some individuals. Artificial sweetners should avoided because studies have shown that they can trigger migraine symptoms. Use natural sugar whenever possible.

Exercise Regularly

Studies have shown that exercise can prevent or reduce migraines. It can help balance chemicals in your brain and improve brain function. Exercise reduces stress and decreases the risk of migraine headache symptoms. Caution: Before you begin an exercise program, consult your doctor. You want to make sure that other medical conditions will not affect your health. A medical professional can recommend how much exercise would be best for you. Make sure that you do not practice extreme exercise, because it can trigger migraines. Do your activities in moderation. Warm up properly before exercising and drink plenty of water after working out. Choose an activity that you enjoy such as cycling, jogging, yoga, or whatever you like. All it takes is 30 minutes a day and 3-4 days a week. Asking a family member or friend can make your activity more fun.

Get Diagnosed

If you have been having persistent headaches that will not go away, contact your doctor. It might be a good idea to keep a diary of the frequency of your migraines. This will help your physician to determine what could be triggering your migraine headaches. Certain foods can trigger symptoms and if you believe this, you should tell your health care provider. He or she can recommend which foods are healthy and the ones that should be avoided. A blood test can analyze your blood and see if there are any other parasites that could be affecting your health. If necessary, your doctor may suggest that you ingest Ibuprofen to help reduce your risk of migraines.

You do not have to suffer consistently from migraines. If you practice healthy lifestyle habits, your body will function better. Migraine triggers will be reduced and you will feel better. Regular exercise will improve your blood flow and expand your blood vessels. This will reduce your migraine symptoms. Getting diagnosed is important because it will give you an advantage in fighting this disorder. Doing this will help your doctor perform a better job of treating your headaches. If you do these 3 things, you can prevent migraine headaches.

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Comments

Sep 25, 2014 5:33am
shar-On
I used to be a courier driver and I would be driving down the road and all of a sudden I had these zigs in my eyes. That was the warning signs of a migraine coming on. I would take a tablet for same straight away. Although sometimes I had to call my husband to take over as could not see the road.
And went straight to the chiropractor. My husband and I swore by their treatment as we were always putting our necks or backs out of alignment. One visit and fighting fit again. Good article, what works for some is not for others. I would always see try different methods of treatment.
Sep 25, 2014 2:15pm
curiosity44
Thank you for taking the time to read my article and for the kind words. And thank you for the thumbs up!
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