For years, migraines have taken over your life. The pain, discomfort, and sensitivity cause you to miss work and time with your family. You aren’t alone. In the U.S., more than 37 million people suffer from regular migraines. While there may not be one obvious cause of migraines, there are a number of common triggers. Keep reading to learn how hydration treatment may help limit your migraines.
Let’s get started by looking at the following triggers:
- Emotional stress
- Changes in normal sleep pattern
- Extreme fatigue
- Specific foods and beverages
- Excess caffeine intake or withdrawal
- Changing weather conditions
Interestingly, natural chemicals in foods and beverages can also lead to migraines. These include:
- Tyramine – Found naturally in aged cheeses, alcohol, and processed meats, Tyramine has been linked to these debilitating headaches.
- Food additives/preservatives – The next time you pick up your favorite packaged deli meat or salad, take a look at the ingredients. Some additives such as nitrates and nitrites found in ham, sausage, and other processed meats have been known to contribute to migraines.
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG) – There’s been plenty of talk around MSG in the food industry recently. Unfortunately, it too has been connected with migraines.
- Alcohol – Those who drink may be more prone to migraines than folks who do not. It ties back to the impurities in alcohol or the byproducts your body produces as it metabolizes alcohol.
Here are some additional foods and drinks that are migraine triggers for some people:
- Caffeine – This is the big one. Maybe you depend on a daily cup of joe to get you started in the morning. It could be that you rely on that afternoon soda with lunch. When you get home, it’s possible that you make yourself some tea. Whatever your beverage of choice may be, just know that excess caffeine can cause migraines. Don’t think it’s a good idea to go cold turkey, though. Eliminating caffeine abruptly may also lead to migraines.
- Bread – If you regularly pack a sandwich for lunch, consider substituting the bread for a lettuce wrap.
- Pizza, peanuts, and chicken livers – Specific foods such as these can also contribute to more migraines.
How to Avoid Migraines
- Watch what you eat and drink – Make it a point to write down any food or drink you had. This will allow you to identify any sort of pattern related to your migraines. If you’re concerned about what may need to be eliminated from your diet, consult your physician.
- Eat regularly – We all fall victim to skipping the occasional meal due to workload, scheduling conflicts, etc. But skipping meals regularly can spell disaster for migraines. Feel free to be more proactive with this by eating a healthy snack every few hours.
- Be smart with exercise – Do you find yourself getting painful headaches right after a workout? It may be a good idea to tone things down a bit until those migraines are under control.
- Get regular sleep – Do you wake up feeling tired? Now’s the time to start getting more sleep. Remember that being overly tired can also trigger migraines.
- Learn to cope with stress – Anxiety, worry, fatigue, and excitement can only make a migraine worse. Take the time to cope with stress more effectively through counseling and relaxation training.
Hydration Treatment and Migraines
At Elevation Hydration, we strive to improve your overall health and wellness. Our IV hydration therapy experts offer the following packages that are well-suited for migraine recovery
- Elevate – One of our most popular hydration treatment options, ‘Elevate” promotes general wellness and recovery.
- Myers’ Cocktail – We like to call this a powerhouse multivitamin in a bag because it’s perfect for whatever may be ailing you. The Myers’ Cocktail is packed with B-Complex vitamins, B-12, vitamin C, Calcium, and Magnesium, infused into one liter of hydration.
- The Hang(Over) – Is your head pounding from a night of drinking? This recovery package will get you back to feeling like yourself in no time. The Hang(Over) is a mix of B-Complex vitamins, Zofran for nausea, and Toradol for that nasty headache.
See how our hydration clinic can help your migraines. For more hydration tips, contact the professionals at Elevation Hydration.