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Superfoods for Migraines

Migraine and cluster headache: any label, pain and side effects can be intense! In addition to traditional treatments, including the following "superfoods" can help.

What are superfoods? Well, they are not really supplements - although some supplement companies have begun to market "extracts" of various superfoods. By definition, superfood is a food or oil that offers a very high dose of nutrition. People call it "super" partly because of its benefits and partly because of its origin. Most superfoods are not new; Instead, they have been used by powerful ancient cultures and have recently been rediscovered by the West. While some scientists and many raw food superfoods credit with regenerative ability and amazing protection for almost any health problem, this article discusses superfoods for special consideration by people with migraine and / or headache.

Cacao (kuh-COW): Generally marketed as raw cocoa or raw chocolate, this "god food" is actually a monetary currency in the Aztec kingdom! Conventional wisdom tells people with migraines to avoid chocolate as their main trigger food. While some people have a sensitivity to chocolate, most people actually react to regular milk and refined sugars in cooked chocolate bars. Instead, raw cocoa, offers seven times the antioxidant version of its cooking, without milk and offending sugar. More importantly for those with migraine, raw cocoa contains one of the highest sources of magnesium in any diet. Magnesium acts as a partner that calms calcium and helps balance brain chemistry. In fact, many migraine sufferers manage to overcome headaches by taking a large amount of magnesium supplements. Magnesium can also help with PMS, another known migraine trigger. In addition to magnesium, raw cocoa offers caffeine (which seems to affect the body less in its raw form). Some people with migraine find that caffeine use wisely can reduce headaches before they become full episodes. Most migraine medicines contain some type of caffeine. From a nutritional point of view, raw cocoa definitely beat Pepsi! If you know chocolate causes a reaction, skip raw cocoa, but it can be worth it (tasty) to try. Insert cocoa nibs or powders into morning smoothies, or make raw fudge by mixing powder with coconut butter, rice or raw agave honey, and some of the other superfoods listed below. As with any new diet, start small so you can monitor your reaction.

Read (MAH-kuh): Also known as "Peruvian viagra," reading is a root growing at 14,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. Despite her popularity with Peruvian men in the 80s, reading actually functions as an adaptogen, which means it balances all the hormones. If one has too much estrogen, reading works to reduce estrogen levels. If other people have too little estrogen, reading helps the body bring it back to its optimum level. Reading also nourishes the adrenal glands, helping the body deal with some of the stressors that often cause headaches and migraines. Reading grows in some of the most unfriendly conditions on earth, but it has learned to grow where other plants die. Children believe that the root passes this strength and suitability to those who use it: "You are what you eat!" In addition to metaphysics, high levels of mineral content, vitamin B, protein, fatty acids, and plant sterols allow it to rebuild the body wherever it needs it most - good news for people with headaches due to stress or hormone imbalance. It tastes a bit like carrot, so you don't want to add too much to sweet smoothies. It combines well with cocoa, though, and I always enjoy a glass of fresh fresh lemon juice in the water for about a cent reading. Lemon brings a hidden finish to the reader, making a surprisingly zesty lemonade.

Hem: No, I'm not talking about marijuana, although some people use cannabis for medical purposes. You can now find purchased hemp seeds, hemp butter, hemp protein powder and hemp oil at alternative health food stores and in many online stores. Although there is no THC content (psychoactive substances in marijuana), the U.S. government prohibits the sale of ready-to-eat hemp seeds, so you can only legally buy meat or hemp products, most of them from Canada. However, hemp has experienced a major upheaval in recent years as people rediscover what ancient Europeans once knew. Hemp supports the immune system and contains edestin, a protein most easily assimilated by humans - good news for people who respond to soy protein powder or whey. Seeds, butter and oils also contain the perfect ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, to help balance hormones and brain chemistry. In addition, hemp green comes from chlorophyll, which differs from only one atom of hemoglobin. (Hemoglobin forms around iron atoms, whereas chlorophyll forms around beneficial magnesium atoms.) Cleansing blood with chlorophyll-rich foods such as hemp, wheat grass and leafy vegetables can revive the body, in turn, relieving stress responses such as migraine and cluster headache. . Hemisphere protein powder tends to be slightly diarrhea, but cereals, oils and seeds bring out a nice, gentle sensation that combines well with raw and read cocoa. You can also replace bulghur wheat (gluten is a major migraine trigger) in foods like tabouli with hemp seeds, or use hemp butter as a nutritious substitute for another common trigger - peanut butter.

Yerba Mate (YUR-buh MAH-tay): For those who know they need to kick their coffee habit but just can't let go of their cuppa Joe, Yerba Mate offers a good substitute. Another very mineralized South American food, Yerba Mate tastes a bit like coffee, but instead of reducing the adrenal glands, it treats them with B-vitamins, 15 amino acids, 11 polyphenols (like in green tea and red wine) and, you guessed it it: more magnesium and chlorophyll. While coffee provides the caffeine pressure, the couple's energy comes from vitamin B, the nature of blood purification and a component called mateine. Unlike caffeine, mateine ​​provides an accident-free ride. Some independent coffee houses now serve "latte cafes", or you can make tea at home. For best results, warm but do not boil water, then let the tea steep for 5 minutes. You can add bile milk and essential oils like peppermint with a bit of raw cocoa powder, creating your own mocha mocha. Yerba Mate also tastes great as sun tea, mixed with orange peel or traditional chai tea spices. A favorite shaman, Yerba Mate offers traditional, nutritious alternatives to coffee, along with minerals and nutrients that are thought to support hormone balance and alkaline.

In short, this superfood brings in minerals, powerful nutrients, and little folklore. As food rather than medicine, they gradually rebuild and support the body, instead of producing "quick fixes". If you want a holistic approach to curing migraine or cluster headache and not responding to the "new cure," you may want to explore some of the ancient cuisine.


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