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5 Steps to Solving Your Migraines

The number one reason people end up in emergency rooms is migraines. They affect millions of people, and are responsible for billions of dollars in healthcare costs.
Before we look at the five steps to solving your migraines, we need to realize that the question we should ask isn’t, “How do you treat a migraine?” It should be, “What’s causing the migraines?”

Functional Medicine asks these questions. It’s medicine by cause, not by symptom, and it uncovers the underlying triggers of diseases. When you ask the correct question, you realize that the root cause of your migraine may not be in your head.

Causes of Migraines:

Sensitivity to foods like peanuts, dairy, or eggs.

Gluten allergy. Gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, and spelt, can cause inflammation.

Hormonal imbalances. Premenstrual migraines are often caused by imbalances in estrogen and progesterone.   These imbalances can also be caused by stress, excessive alcohol, sugar, flour, and starches. They can also be caused by not getting enough exercise or sleep.

Vitamin B deficiency. Some people get migraines because they don’t get enough riboflavin.

Imbalances in melatonin. Migraines may be related to sleep cycles.

Magnesium deficiency. Deficiencies of Magnesium, the relaxation mineral, can cause headaches and migraines.

5 Steps to Solve Migraines: 

Keeping in mind that all migraines are not the same, nor are their underlying causes, here are some things you can do to identify and eliminate what might be causing your migraines:

Do an elimination diet to identify and get rid of food allergens.

Take magnesium. Take 300 to 600 milligrams of magnesium twice a day in the form of magnesium glycinate or citrate.

Try riboflavin or Vitamin B2. Take 400 milligrams a day. Don’t worry if it turns your urine a dark yellow.

Balance your hormones to stop premenstrual migraines. Do this by exercising and eliminating caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. Also eat a diet rich in plant foods.

Try melatonin. Take 1 or 2 milligrams at night.

Read the full article here: 5 Steps to Solve Your Migraines