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What is a Migraine? You don’t have to live with Migraine pain! Learn how to avoid them!

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In this article I’m going to share with you what is a migraine, how it develops, and a few ideas on treating as well as stopping the pain. A headache is simply when the head aches; there is pain in the whole head region. A migraine is different than a headache, and the pain is usually more severe and can affect the nose, eyes as well as the head. Usually it affects 1 side of the brain, while a headache affects the whole region. With a migraine doing any type of physical activity can increase the pain, while a headache doesn’t usually get affected by this. When someone has a migraine they are going to be a little more sensitive to light and they could see halos around them. Migraines will also usually last much longer, while a headache for the most part appears and then disappears. In a nutshell headaches are a less severe version of a migraine. By now you’re probably wondering what causes headaches as well as migraines? Unfortunately the smartest people in the medical field are not exactly sure, but the good news is that they do have some ideas. One idea is that someone could experience a migraine when hyperactive nerve cells constrict blood vessels. Your brain needs blood just like every important organ, and if it doesn’t get enough it could cause some problems like a stroke. Strokes are when there is a blockage of blood that leads to the brain and could result in permanent brain damage. These blood vessels are lined with nerves so when they are restricted it could send a message to your brain about this problem, and in turn this triggers the pain. This theory makes a lot of sense to me because pain itself is just information that there is a problem. There are also a few other theories on what causes these migraines and they include food allergies. This is when you eat something that your body doesn’t cope very well with like gluten, cheese or even a prescription drug. Another cause might be reading for an extended time, flashing lights as well as stress since it can change brain chemicals. Lacking sleep might be a culprit, not drinking enough water, not getting enough vitamins and hormonal changes like when a female is going through her menstrual cycle. Interestingly enough caffeine can both raise and lower the chance of a migraine. Caffeine dilates capillaries and blood vessels helping with blood flow which can help. The bad news is that we as humans get accustomed to caffeine and not having it could bring about the head pain attack. In some cases the body doesn’t adapt to the caffeine and it’s actually the cause of the attacks. As you can see preventing this problem isn’t easy because so many factors can be involved. One way you can help is to increase the amount of blood going to your brain, and you can do this by getting enough exercise. In study done at the University of Gothenburg Sweden some migraine patients used prescription drugs, while the other group just had a good exercise routine. At the end of three months both groups had a similar reduction in migraine attacks, but the group that just exercised didn’t experience the negative side effects like the group that took the drugs.

The department of Health and Human Services in the U.S. recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, which could be like walking. If you really dislike exercising, I highly recommend getting an IPod and just listening to a good podcast while you go for a walk. If you are really into the podcast you will forget that you are even exercising. Another idea that could help someone reduce their chance of having a migraine is by taking coq10. Coq10 or coenzyme q10 has a job of giving a muscle ATP, which is a cells energy source. Almost like it is the gasoline with a car’s engine. How it helps is by making the heart push more blood, which improves the health of every organ in the body, including the brain. Yes this also helps reduce the chance of heart disease, and it’s an antioxidant, so it’s very healthy. In one study 32 patients with frequent migraines were given a supplement with coq10. 61% of the patients reduced their migraine pain episodes by at least half. Only 2 people showed no improvement with this substance. Also a vitamin known as Magnesium may prevent migraines. There is evidence that people who have migraines have low levels of magnesium in their system. Health experts also believe that taking this vitamin prevents headaches. Next up is something known as omega 3 fatty acids, which you should be consuming a lot of. These little fats help a person’s health more so than a bottle of water can help a dehydrated person in the desert. Ok, maybe that example is a little farfetched, but the important thing is that they really, really help. I highly recommend taking omega 3 fats in a supplement form because fish from the ocean have toxins and mercury, which isn’t good. The way omega 3 helps with migraines is with its anti-inflammatory abilities. When a hyperactive nerve starts to close a blood vessel in the brain, the body tries to fix the problem by creating inflammation. This is why there is swelling with an injury and a pimple is red. This inflammation is a major contributor to pain, and is the primary reason for the soreness in arthritis. A three month study done in Sweden found that taking omega 3 gave participants around a 30% reduction in the intensity of pain with a migraine attack. It also provided around a 30% reduction in the occurrence of having a migraine. Before you go out and start purchasing many dietary supplements to improve your health there are a few things that you should know. For starters in many countries dietary supplements are not really regulated. This means that government agencies don’t ensure dietary supplements are safe before they are sold. In the United States from 2007 to 2012 there were more than 6,000 reports of serious adverse effects of dietary supplement. To make things a little easier and safer for you I have created a guide on buying dietary supplements to enhance health. This guide highlights some of the most common signs and red flags associated with a risky product. What factors determine if a product is a good choice, various herbal remedies as well as what to take for certain health conditions. You might be wondering how much this guide costs and the great thing is that it’s completely free. You can

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