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Recommendation for Migraine
Diet and lifestyle have very deep impacts on the cases of migraine so there should be proper implementation of both Diet and Lifestyle in case of Migraine. This will help to reduce the severity as well as the frequency of the migraine and in some cases food and lifestyle changes has proven to be more beneficial than the conventional treatments.
Diet Recommendation for Migraine:
- You should take one tea spoon full of Amalaki powder in routine. It is good source of Vitamin C and also calms down the Pitta Dosha which is involved in its pathology most of the times.
- Foods to eat must be rich in complex carbohydrates, low in fat, rich in omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium.
- You should have small but frequent meals.
- Peppermint, cayenne pepper, ginger, fish and foods rich in calcium such as spinach, broccoli and kale can prevent migraines. Additional foods include those rich in magnesium such as oatmeal, wheat and garlic. Be sure to introduce these foods in small amounts if they are new to you.
- Eat regular meals to avoid fluctuation in blood sugar and try to eat something every couple of hours during your waking hours. Do not skip meals, as this will alter your blood-sugar level and may trigger a headache.
- Follow a complete Pitta pacifying Dosha diet according to your Doshas (without disturbing your inherent Dosha)
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Foods to Avoid
What one patient needs to eliminate may differ from what another patient must give up. Therefore it is important to try different food combinations and eliminate foods step by step to pin-point the exact migraine elimination diet foods.
- At certain times food allergy is also found to be involved in migraine. Common allergies include allergy to eggs, peanuts, shell fish, milk and gluten. Allergy tests can be conducted to be able to find out the exact allergens.
- Foods with Monosodium Glutamate, coffee, tea, red wine, chocolate, peanuts, cheese, processed meats such as sausages are also among the allergens involved in migraine etiology.
- Your migraines might also be triggered by very cold foods, nitrates, cultured dairy products, cereals, pork, vegetables, foods containing phenylalanine, dried fruits, beans, pickled foods, dried or smoked fish, organ meats, nuts and seeds, onions, avocados and some fresh fruits.
(This is the thought of modern day, mechanical physicians…Ayurveda says to make body perfect, because as per Ayurveda allergy is not a problem of the “foods” , “furs”- allergy is a problem of our own system, because it gets irritated on small and useless issues….know More about allergy)
Prevention of attacks of migraine:
You should maintain a complete record of the pattern of the headache and the best way to note the causative factors is to maintain a diary with all the following details
- When: Timing of the headache
- Severity of the pain and allied symptoms
- Food you have taken
- Hours of sleep before the attack
- Allied symptoms
For example, the data may help you to find that your headaches tend to occur more often on days when you wake up earlier than usual or have taken some other food stuff, then the regular one. So a change in sleep hours and foods may result in fewer migraine attacks. But this is not the treatment, Check Ayurvedic Treatment for Migraine.
Other tips for preventing migraines include:
- Avoid smoking
- Avoid alcohol
- Learn to relax and reduce stress -- some patients have found that biofeedback and self-hypnosis helps reduce the number of migraine attacks
- Apart from following a migraine diet, you must get adequate rest and sleep.
- You must practice a sport or some form of regular physical exercise.
Yoga Recommendations for Migraine:
Because there is a deep relation in between the occurrence, frequency and severity of the stress and migraine, so this becomes important to do some Yoga exercises, Breathing exercises and Meditation to get rid of the problem of the Migraine. There are direct effects of the Yoga on both body and mind and those too very deep impacts.
- Pada Hastasana
- Nadi Shodhana
- Baddha Konasana
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