Today I am going to discuss headaches and migraines.
Do you suffer from these?
Today I am going to talk about the most common reasons for headaches and migraines, and I also try to discuss natural headache remedies along the way.
If you haven’t met me before, I’m Dr. Mehedi Hassan, and I’m a global health physician and health policy advisor, Bisbee-Health.inc.
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Make sure you stick around to the page for all headaches and migraine reasons, as I’ll start with the most basic ones that you may have heard before, but the last 2 or 3 are not well known or recognized.
So stay with me for those. But let’s get into these causes or reasons for headache and migraines.
Headache and Migraine reasons :
1/ Dehydration: Make sure that you’re drinking enough water. I know this is simple and basic, but we’ve got to cover off the foundational keys to health first before we get into the more complicated factors.
We often know what we should be doing, but the question I have for you today is whether you are doing what you know you ought to be doing- regularly drinking 2-4 liters of water a day. So are you?
Make sure that you start today.
2/ Magnesium deficiency: Magnesium is a crucial mineral, and it is involved in over 200 biochemical processes in the body. Magnesium deficiency is widespread in people that suffer from headaches and migraines. Magnesium deficiency can cause tight muscles, and therefore, this can be a cause of tension headaches.
It’s thought that magnesium is also involved in down-regulating excitatory neurotransmitters; that’s the chemicals that stimulate the brain. Therefore, if magnesium is low, a person can be more prone to migraines because of this. To help reduce or prevent headaches and migraines, consider having an Epsom salt bath every second day, or taking a magnesium supplement every day.
Although it’s not focused on headaches, it is convenient, it goes over symptoms of reactive hypoglycemia and includes diet and natural supplement advice.
4/ Progesterone deficiency: This headache and migraine cause is only applicable to females and those menstruating or going through menopause. Progesterone is a female sex hormone produced in the ovaries of ovulating women and the placenta during pregnancy. Its significant role is to prepare and maintain the uterus for pregnancy.
Progesterone is also a key player in the regulation of the menstrual cycle. Common symptoms of a progesterone deficiency include; Breast tenderness, Fluid retention, Acne, headaches, Irregular heavy or painful periods, infertility, endometriosis, and anxiety.
These symptoms are usually experienced 1-2 weeks before the period is due.
So if your headaches or migraines are cyclical, that is, they regularly come at a particular time of the month, then you should look into progesterone deficiency.
If you haven’t asked yourself the question of whether your headaches and migraines are related to your menstrual cycle, I suggest that you start recording when you get a problem and whether it is 1-2 weeks before your period or not.
5/Salicylate intolerance: Salicylate intolerance is something that tends to run in my family. So I have a personal experience with this. If my father ate the wrong things, he would get lousy muscle tension, headaches, and migraines, and in the past, I was like this too, to some degree. So what are salicylates?
They are natural chemicals found in our food. They are found in lots of fruit and vegetables and spices that are rich in color. They are good, and they’re not bad.
But some of us are sensitive to these natural chemicals. I suggest that you google a salicylate food list and try limiting foods that are high or moderate in salicylates for a couple of weeks and see if it helps. I don’t love a low salicylate diet because it limits many healthy foods, but as my experience, this natural headache remedy works for some people.
6: MTHFR gene mutations: So this last reason for headaches and migraines is one that is genetically based. So if headaches and migraines run in your family, perhaps along with depression, anxiety, infertility, or heart disease, take a look at this one.
MTHFR stands for methylene-tetra-hydro-folate reductase. You can have a higher risk of migraines when you have a genetic weakness or gene mutation in the MTHFR gene. The scientific studies are robust on this.
The MTHFR gene encodes for an enzyme that helps convert folic acid into the active form of folate (known as methyl folate or MTHF).
If you have this genetic weakness, you can compensate for particular types of vitamin B12 and folate, which can prevent and reduce migraines.
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