The Truth About Migraines (And What Could Be Causing Them)

migraines, hormones, estrogen dominance, functional medicineFacts About Migraines:

* There are more than 3 million Migraine cases in the US per year

* Migraines are the 3rd most prevalent illness in the world

* Three-fourths of the migraine sufferers are women

* A migraine trigger can come from a variety of sources

* Migraines can be hereditary

Is it a Headache or a Migraine?

Studies show today that regular headaches and migraines fall into the same continuum and typically have the same underlying causes; however, the difference is simply in the level of pain experienced. It’s estimated that 35 million Americans suffer from migraine symptoms, making it the third most prevalent illness in the world.

Symptoms can vary from person to person, but include: throbbing pain, light and sound sensitivity, blurred vision, and nausea.  If you are a migraine sufferer, then we know how significantly this can disrupt everyday activities such as attending school, work, or raising children.

Conventional medicine would have you believe that the underlying reasons for migraines are mostly unknown, yet many functional practitioners are aware that there are several causes of migraines that, when addressed properly and naturally, can drastically reduce the occurrence and even eliminate migraines altogether.

Possible Cause #1: Estrogen Dominance (Low Progesterone)

Remember how three-fourths of migraine sufferers are women?  Well, this is no coincidence. If a woman’s migraines come around the same time each month, it is very likely that the cause is a hormonal imbalance, specifically estrogen dominance.   Estrogen dominance is a form of hormonal imbalance that is extremely common and can cause fluid retention and brain swelling, causing migraines. Learn more about Estrogen Dominance and how to treat it.

Possible Cause #2: Excitotoxins (Such as MSG and Aspartame)

The worst part of these two chemicals is that they are in virtually every food (try reading the labels, it’s scary) and highly addictive.  Unfortunately, the manufacturers of these chemicals would have you believe that its products are entirely safe; however, Excitotoxins are one of the biggest migraine triggers. Think of the name excitotoxin, the name literally suggests exactly what the toxin does.  It is a chemical that over-excites a nerve cell until it is damaged or dies.

Possible Cause #3: Food Sensitivities

Numerous studies have found that migraine sufferers who are put through an elimination diet of the most common food sensitivities (such as wheat, dairy, yeast, and corn) saw dramatic relief from their migraines, some even completely headache free! Food Sensitivity Testing is a fast and effective way to discover which foods you are sensitive to.

Possible Cause #4: Magnesium Deficiency

The not so well known migraine triggers is a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency can cause vascular spasms, which then reduces blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Studies have shown a considerable correlation between migraines and magnesium deficiency.  In fact, up to 50% of migraine patients are magnesium deficient. IV therapy is an option. The best form of magnesium supplement is Magnesium Glycinate at 200 – 600 mg per day.

So, what’s the answer?

Prescription drugs may help with temporary relief, but do not prevent migraines from occurring. Migraines are one problem where some detective work and the guidance of an open-minded practitioner can yield life-changing results.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, we would love to help you get to the root cause of why you have them and provide you with real solutions.   You can request a free consultation or call us at (281) 313-7435, and we would love to be a part of your remedy.

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Posted in: Estrogen Dominance, Food Allergies and Sensitivities, Hormone Imbalance, IV Vitamin Therapy, MIgraines, Natural treatments, Self Care, Vitamins and Supplements

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