Migraine Tool Box

September 22, 2014

For many years I swore that if I ate enough cold pressed olive oil that I could stop a migraine from coming. Everyone thought I was nuts. After 10 years of this I heard a lecture by Andrew Weill confirming the following: Cold pressed olive oil has oleo canthal which has the same anti-inflammatory benefits as Ibuprofen. Try it. Take a Tblsp. of olive oil that bites the back of your throat as soon as you feel a twinge of headache coming on. I need 4 Tbsp. a day and I am one happy, active and busy woman.

 

I’m sure you have heard many of these other tools for warding off or controlling migraines:

 

  1. SLEEP: We need to be in a deep REM sleep by 10:30 p.m. or sleep through 8:30 a.m. at least 2 to 3 times a week to have full adrenal recovery. If this is not possible we need a couple of very long sleeps of 10 to 12 hours a night two or three times a week.

  2. FLUIDS: We all know that hydration is key to controlling migraines. The kidneys are twins to the adrenals. Rest nourishes the adrenals which in turn nourishes the kidneys. We can drink all the water in the world to no avail if our kidneys are not able to absorb and retain it due to fatigue. Please avoid iced water. Hot water first thing in

    the morning and at bedtime or any time of day is ideal. The warmth is a friendly reminder to the kidneys to open and absorb. I love good chamomile tea for bringing energy from my head. We all know that caffein and alcohol are dehydrating so not helpful.

     

  3. HEALTHY MEALS: Eat three nicely balanced meals a day leaving room for some small snacks if you feel the need. Besides plenty of olive oil I like to be sure I have a little protein and carbohydrate in each meal. Lunch typically has a little raw salad and dinner typically includes cooked greens and some yellow or root vegetable with my protein and carbohydrate. Quinoa is a grass seed so doesn’t have many, if any, carbohydrates. If I have quinoa I find I need a little bowl of my homemade granola sometime in the evening in order to feel satiated.

  4. REGULARITY: It is key to have regular bowel movements. If the above suggestions are not sufficient you could, “GET IN TOUCH”, on the,  “SERVICES TAB” and we can dive more deeply into this issue.

  5. MEDITATION and PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Including these in your daily activities will benefit you in unbelievable ways. Find local people and places to support you in your journey. Being a fellow migraine sufferer I honor your process and please, “Never blame yourself!”, You are a wonderful light being on a journey towards health.

 

 

 

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