Dr. Pinnow, your chiropractor for migraines here in Sun Prairie, WI.
Migraines are very common here in the United States. In fact, one in four members of a household here in the U.S. actually have either reported suffering from a migraine or are currently suffering from migraines.
So it’s really important for us to be able to get a handle on why you’re having migraines and what kind of things that we can do to help prevent them.
Foods to Avoid, Chiropractic Migraine Care Sun Prairie, WI
Today I just want to touch on three foods that you should avoid if you are somebody that has migraines.
Before I get into this, I just want to give a piece of advice.
If you are a migraine sufferer and you’re not already logging food, that’s definitely something you should do.
You can even take it a step further and log things like frequency, so how many days you’re having headaches, intensity, rate it zero to 10 in terms of how much it hurts, time of day also helps, and then even in things like the weather or what your hydration levels are, so you can really take it to the next level with logging and figuring out what is it that causes your migraines.
So we do call these migraine triggers, meaning that it’s something that you eat or ingest and you know that you’re going to get a migraine from them.
So the first one that I want to show you is red wine.
Now, some people do report that the second they have red wine they know that they’re getting a migraine, unfortunately later on.
Other people can drink red wine and be fine but if it’s beer or maybe a weak beer specifically, then they know they’re getting a headache.
So this is just bringing me back to the point that these triggers are common triggers but not necessarily ones that are for sure what will react with your body, so that’s why it’s important for you to see and to log and figure out exactly what your trigger is.
The next one that I have is almost criminal in Wisconsin to be a trigger, but it’s cheese.
So cheese does go through a fermentation process and the chemicals in the fermentation process does aggravate headaches and migraines.
So if you love cheese, like most of us do here in this state, you might want to eliminate
it for a little bit and see if that helps with some of your headaches and your migraines.
The third one, again, this one breaks my heart because it’s chocolate and I love chocolate, but just like with cheese there is a chemical in chocolate that is linked to migraines.
So elimination, unfortunately, is the only way to really know if it’s something that’s aggravating you.
So you got to get rid of that chocolate if that’s one of your triggers.
Alleviate Migraines, Chiropractic Sun Prairie WI
So we have spent a couple of minutes talking about some things that are bad for your headaches, so let’s flip that and be positive and talk about some things that you can take at home that will help either prevent migraines or help alleviate them.
The first one that I have here is our huge jar from home of fish oil, so Omega, this is another name for that.
Now, as a whole, many of us are deficient, you know, you don’t enough fish oils in general, so this is important to have because fat is important for brain function and then also for proper nerve function.
So you want to make sure you have enough fatty acids in your diet and again, enough Omegas helps to decrease migraines.
I also have magnesium. Magnesium is really good if you are a daily, even headache sufferer,
maybe it’s not migraines, but maybe you get those daily headaches.
Magnesium taken on a daily basis will really help with decreasing that. Magnesium also is, as in a side, good for any sort of muscle pain.
So if your child is complaining of, you know, not restless leg, but almost growing pains, you can get a Magnesium cream and put that on and that will help with that.
Magnesium is also good for anybody that has issues sleeping at night.
So it’s kind of a catchall for supplements.
Next I want to talk about Vitamin B2, which again, has been linked to helping to alleviate headaches. I don’t have one to show you cause we don’t take it on a daily basis.
And then the last thing that is more and more popular now is essential oils.
So I have a rollerball here of peppermint oil. I do like it in this form because you can just, like I said, roll it on and so I would focus really on the sides, you know, the temples and then maybe along the hairline too.
Peppermint oil is good if you have a headache, so when you’re currently experiencing it and it will help, they say the smell helps to alleviate the pain.
So I hope you found all of this helpful. Again, it’s a really great idea for you to be able to log your own triggers and figure out what it is that’s aggravating your headaches.
We know that having migraines is debilitating, it really changes your life, and it’s something that we specialize in.
We see thousands of people and we’ve helped so many people just like you that have had migraines.
So we are looking forward to meeting you. Please reach out if you have any questions.