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Headache And Migraine

HEADACHE

Headaches are a common problem and are generally transient and eased by a mild analgesic such as tablets containing a combination of paracetamol or aspirin with codeine. More than 90% of all headaches are classified as tension headaches, which occur when the muscles in the back of your neck and/or scalp tighten.  Sometimes they can be relieved by lying down at the first hint of a headache in a dark room, drinking cool water and placing a cold pack over the head and face.

What are the causes of headaches?

The causes of headaches are almost too numerous to mention.
Causes may include, to name a few;
  • Dehydration
  • Hormonal imbalances such as PMS, peri-menopause, side effects of OCP or HRT.
  • Liver dysfunction
  • High blood pressure
  • Food sensitivities
  • Sinus, dental and ear infections
  • Blood sugar problems
  • Exposure to chemical toxins

It is important to see your doctor for tests to exclude serious causes of headaches, particularly if the headaches are constant, severe or frequent in nature.

What tests may be required?

  • CAT scans of the head and neck
  • Blood tests to check your immune system, liver and kidney function, hormonal levels and a full blood count.
  • General physical examination
  • Check up with a neurologist (in cases of severe chronic headaches).

MIGRAINE

Migraine headaches are a particular type of headache characterized by severe throbbing pain in the whole head, or one side of the head.  It can be preceded by neurological symptoms such as visual problems, weakness of limbs or facial muscles.
Migraine is often associated with nausea and sensitivity to light (photophobia).  The pain can be very severe and frightening and sometimes analgesia must be given in injection form. There are also specific medications that can be taken to prevent or abort an acute migraine, and the newest class of these drugs is known as the serotonin agonist drugs.

General treatment

  • It is best to avoid common trigger foods such as: chocolate, dairy products, wheat, preservatives, MSG, sugar, nuts, pickles, yeast, tobacco and alcohol.
  • You may have a food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity that is promoting headaches.
  • Try to include more raw foods, particularly radishes, celery and foods high in omega-3 oils such as oily fish.
  • Maintain blood sugar levels by eating regular protein from eggs, seafood, poultry, red meat, protein powder and nuts and seeds.
  • All migraine sufferers should ensure a good intake of water with the aim of drinking 8 to 10 glasses daily.  This will help improve the circulation of blood to the brain.  Dehydration will increase the frequency and severity of headaches.
  • Chiropractic therapy can be beneficial for many headache sufferers.
  • Consult with your healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist.

Raw juicing

See-Raw Juices Can Save Your Life – for juicing recipes on page 102 to help with headache and migraine.

Recommended books

Recommended supplements

Livatone Plus powder or capsules

  •  Take 1 teaspoon twice daily or 2 capsules twice daily with food. Most migraine headaches are usually associated with nausea and vomiting. In these instances it is important to improve the function of the liver.

Livatone Plus 120 Capsules Livatone Plus 120 Capsules
2013
$30.00+ Add to Cart
Livatone Plus 240 Capsules Livatone Plus 240 Capsules
2015
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Livatone Plus Powder 200g Livatone Plus Powder 200g
2012
$40.00+ Add to Cart

Magnesium Complete tablets or Ultra Potent powder

  • Take 2 tablets twice daily or one teaspoon daily to get the headaches under control.  Magnesium plays an essential role in maintaining and promoting efficient muscle function and nerve transmission.  It is a potent muscle relaxant and is therefore useful in muscle spasms, twitches, cramping, headache and relief of pain.

Magnesium Complete 100 Tablets Magnesium Complete 100 Tablets
2005
$20.00+ Add to Cart
Magnesium Ultra Potent Powder 210 grams Magnesium Ultra Potent Powder 210 grams
20055
$20.00+ Add to Cart

Fish Oil Capsules

  • Take 2 capsules before meals twice daily – fish oil supplements can help exert an anti-inflammatory effect reducing the inflammatory component of headaches.

Fish Oil EPA-DHA 90 Capsules Fish Oil EPA-DHA 90 Capsules
8520
$14.00+ Add to Cart

Vitamin E

  • Take 1 capsule daily to help improve circulation.

Vitamin E Natural Form 100 Softgels Vitamin E Natural Form 100 Softgels
99919
$17.00+ Add to Cart

The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.

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