Could Caffeine be the Solution for Your Migraines?

Caffeine as a SOLUTION?

I was going through websites one night and found one that advocated using caffeine to cure migraines. The site displayed a picture of a male and female doctor at the top. I started reading some of the material and was astounded to find the author claiming that the best way to treat a migraine is obviously through painkillers.  First of all, there is nothing obvious about that. Secondly, painkillers should rarely be used to treat a migraine. The article then went on to discuss specific painkillers that incorporate caffeine.

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What Do The Words “Migraine Relief” Mean to You?

Migraine relief is a migraine free life and don’t let anyone tell you different

Migraine relief usually means different things to different people. When I think about it, a migraine free life is where I can eat what I want and do what I want without being held back by the pains of a migraine.

Real relief is not about removing the symptoms of a headache. Most drug companies and doctors would have you believe that relief will never happen and the best you can do is resort to certain medications to improve your lifestyle. In essence, we are taught that migraine relief comes when you ingest a tablet. You need to become your own advocate by listening and responding to your body. Only then can you have a chance at real migraine relief. The path begins by trying to find the cause.

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Migraines do not cause brain damage

Brain damage theory debunked!

Researchers in France conducted a cognitive study on whether migraine sufferers were more likely than non-migraine sufferers to have brain damage later on in life. The researchers found that there was nothing to suggest that those suffering from migraines were more likely to suffer brain damage (1).

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What is Tyramine?

Tyramine is a naturally occurring substance in foods

Tyramine is produced in foods with the natural breakdown of the amino acid tyrosine(1). It is thought to cause the dilation and contraction of blood vessels. In other words, as high protein food ages in your refrigerator, tyramine is produced. This is particularly  important for people prone to migraines since high levels of tyramine can be a significant migraine trigger.

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Monosodium Glutamate (“MSG”) bad for Migraine Sufferers

What is MSG and where does it come from? MSG is a sodium salt of glutamic acid, a naturally occurring non-essential amino acid (1). It is made by fermenting certain carbohydrates in addition to using certain bacterial and yeast species. MSG functions as a food additive and has been marketed to enhance the taste of certain foods. When we generally think of MSG, we think of East Asian cuisine. Why should Migraine sufferers stay away from foods that contain MSG?

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Abort a Migraine

solutions that work to ABORT A migraine

Once the migraine episode develops, there is still time to completely abort a migraine, especially if it happens early on.  The following represent a few  ways to abort a migraine without the use of  medications, in most cases.

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Common & Uncommon Migraine Symptoms

migraine symptoms

Everyone is different and therefore it is not easy to pinpoint general migraine symptoms. These migraine symptoms are not exhaustive and you could have one or more of the ones mentioned below or you could have other ones as well. I have found that these migraine symptoms occur without fail when a migraine episode occurs.

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