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Natural Remedies To Treat And Prevent Migraines

Filed under: Exclusives!Q&AFoodHealthMargaux J. Rathbun

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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Brain-Eating Parasite Lurks In Hot, Stagnant Freshwater

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Brain-eating parasite

This is absolutely terrifying! Beware of stagnant water in the heat!

A rare waterborne parasite known as the "brain-eating amoeba" killed a 9-year-old boy in Virginia earlier this month and most recently, took the life of a 16-year-old girl in Florida this week.

The parasite causes amoebic meningoencephalitis, an infection that attacks the brain and spine, and can be found in stagnant freshwater during hot weather. Symptoms of the scary infection include headaches, vomiting, and neck stiffness.

Although so incredibly rare that some years pass without any incidents, experts suggest using nose clips when swimming in freshwater to reduce the risk of infection.

This definitely makes us think twice about hopping in any lakes for the rest of the summer!

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Yoga Really Does Have The Power To Heal

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Yoga heals medical ailments

Just ask your doctor!

Although most people are skeptical, doctors are prescribing yoga to patients with a variety of ailments.

Dr. Loren Fishman, a rehabilitative medicine specialist at Columbia University's New York-Presbyterian hospital in Manhattan, believes in the healing power of yoga, saying:

"Yoga lowers your tension. It relaxes the basic tone of your muscle. And the minute you notice that yoga helps, it raises your confidence that you can help yourself. It gives you the feeling of 'I can do it.'"

Check out ten examples of how yoga has helped patients overcome ailments traditional medicine couldn't!

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OMG! Doctors Find 4 Inch Rusty Blade In Man's Skull…And He's OKAY!

Our head hurts thinking about this…

Check out the video (above) of a man who had a 4 inch rusty blade stuck in his head for years!

Guess they were able to remove it successfully, because he's currently in the hospital, recovering.

We're glad to hear he's all right, but now every time we have a bad headache, we'll be thinking about this.

We'd know it if we had a 4 inch rusty blade in our head, right?


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