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Natural Remedies To Treat And Prevent Migraines

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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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HIV Patients Claiming They've Been 'Cured' By Traditional Healer

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If these claims are true, scientists need to be studying this guy's method ASAP!

Patients of Mr. Francis Mhagama, a 22-year-old "traditional healer" residing in the African country Tanzania, are reporting they've been completely cured after using the medicine called "kivavas".

The patients, who say they were HIV-positive before treatment, are testifying that after using this "traditional" medication tests haven't found anymore more traces of HIV in their body.

We're not sure what to make of these reports because, as much as we'd like to believe them, they are a little unbelievable.

We hope there is further investigation into these patient's claims and what exactly this "kivavas" stuff is.

Has a 22-year-old Tanzanian man discovered a natural remedy to eliminate the HIV virus? We'll cross our fingers.

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