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Natural Remedies To Treat And Prevent Migraines

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Margaux J. Rathbun

Headaches stink, but are there any other treatment options beyond pill popping your closest pain reliever?

FitPerez reader P.N. from Portland, Oregon has been a long-time sufferer of chronic migraines and wrote to certified nutritional therapy practitioner, Margaux J. Rathbun, for a few natural remedies, asking:

Hi Margaux!

I have been a long-time sufferer of migraine headaches. They are so bad that I literally cannot get out of bed! Do you have any tips that could naturally help relieve or prevent these nasty headaches?

According to Margaux:

Thanks for your question! Prior to becoming a Nutritional Therapist, I used to get migraines all the time. I know how horrible they can be! Many things can trigger a migraine including allergies, constipation, stress, too much or too little sleep, and emotional changes. Here are some tips that should help you with these nasty headaches:

- Include watercress, parsley, fennel, garlic, cherries, and fresh pineapple in your diet. Make sure that you are buying all organic foods to avoid pesticides and other dangerous toxins.

- MSG and nitrites (preservatives found in hot dogs and lunch meats) can trigger a migraine. Stay clear of these types of foods!

- Adopt a diet that is low in simple carbs and high in protein. Try eating beans (soak dried beans overnight), chia seeds, and flax seeds.

-Limit your consumption of alcohol and be sure you are always staying hydrated with good quality water.

- Music has a calming effect and can help to relieve migraines. You could turn on some nice classical music, close your eyes, and breathe deeply.

- Get regular exercise. Go for a nice morning walk!

- Adding coconut oil to your daily diet can not only help prevent headaches but it has been shown to improve brain performance. Try a spoonful of this oil first thing in the morning.

- Acupuncture and acupressure have helped many people control the pain of a migraine. Consult with your local natural health practitioner for more information.

For more nutrition tips, check out Margaux's website and write Tips@FitPerez.com with any questions for her!

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