ones that most people are aware of are things like red wine, chocolate and caffeine are
known to be big problems - but a lot of people overlook the range of non-food triggers which
can actually be as big a problem as those problem foods.
The most common non-food triggers for migraines that we see are without a doubt:
1. STRESS! You have huge scope to reduce this problem by using Epsom salt baths to relax (and increase your magnesium levels), by using free relaxation apps (such as Insight or Headspace available on most smart phones) – and also by increasing your exercise levels.
2. Chemicals - things like strong perfumes, various ingredients in cosmetic or cleaning products can often trigger episodes – in the chemical section we also include hormonal triggers, which is why many women and as they often have more problems around the time of their monthly cycle.
3. Artificial lighting – many people struggle with fluorescent tube lighting and so it may be worth switching the type of lighting you have in the areas you spend the most time. Computer screens often emit light that can be problematic and if this is the case you can download another free program called f.lux to reduce blue light levels and make it easier on your eyes (and brain).
4. High blood pressure – you should always attempt to identify WHY you have high blood pressure as it is most commonly a lifestyle issue that can be corrected by managing stress better (see our earlier tips) and starting a regular (gentle) exercise program. If you have concerns about your blood pressure then we strongly suggest you seek further advice.
5. The last non food trigger is actually spinal misalignment where your spinal bones called vertebrae seize up, misalign and start to irritate (or even compress) the delicate spinal nerves often affecting both blood flow and nerve supply getting to the different parts of the brain. This may well be the case if you experience neck stiffness during your migraine episodes and should be evaluated by as spinal specialist such as a doctor of chiropractic.
One of the things that we suggest is you try to improve your environment and reduce stress and toxicity as much as possible to reduce the overall load and demands on your
body. If you can combine this “clean-up” with correcting areas of problem in your spine and nervous system and get your body working properly then the majority of people can
expect to see a significant reduction in both the number and severity of your migraines.
If this is something that is of interest to you then we actually have a free event on Wednesday 20th February which will provide you with plenty of other easy-to-use information and strategies which you can use.