Migraine headaches are widespread among adults and kids today. Could it be the snack we put in lunch boxes or pack in diaper bags when we rush out to work or run errands for the day? It is not just a ‘bad day’ feeling. The pain associated with migraine headaches can cause loss of work time or school attendance.
Some kids may behave badly because of the symptoms of migraines or headaches. There are many factors that trigger this neurological problem. It could be hunger, dehydration, stress, hormonal changes, lack of sleep and the food we eat.
What is a migraine headache?
Migraines and other types of headache — such as tension headache and sinus headache — are painful and can rob you of quality of life. Migraine symptoms include a pounding headache, nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. (Source: WedMD)
About 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. One who suffers from it may have sensitivity to light, noise or odors, loss of appetite, blurred vision, pounding and throbbing pain that can affect the whole head or shift from one side to the other, fatigue, dizziness, paleness, sensations of being very warm or cold, nausea or vomiting.
Snacks that may cause migraine headaches:
Aged cheese, olives, pepperoni
Aged cheese like cheddar, Parmesan, Swiss and Brie and preserved foods like olives, pickles, processed meats like pepperoni (cold cuts like ham and turkey) may have substances like nitrites and tyramine. Any food aged, processed and preserved may have tyramine and nitrites that triggers headaches.
Drinks and yogurt
Diet coke, Dr. Pepper and any diet drinks or 0% sugar drinks have artificial sweeteners. Do you serve those drinks to your children? Even some yogurt you pack for lunch and snacks may contain artificial sweeteners. And sugar-free snack foods are big culprits to headaches.
The tannins in apple juice, pear juice and red wine can cause migraine headaches.
Salted nuts, sunflower seeds and potato chips
Food additives like yeast extract, MSG, hydrolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed plant protein and high salt content are our worst enemies in causing migraine headaches, tiredness and bad moods.
According to Cleveland Clinic, migraines affect about 2% of children by age 7 and about 7-10% of children and adolescents by age 15. The percentage is growing and that is quite an alarming statistic. Parents, lets take care of our health and our children’s health.
Here are five ways to help fight migraine headaches (with a little help from our Facebook clients and associates):
1. “My own personal experience with debilitating migraines for over 40 years was dehydration, diet and hormones. Drinking more water, cooking from scratch (no processed foods) and using Progessence Plus a progesterone oil and Clary Sage essential oil took mine away” (From Dominique)
2. Peppermint or Deep Relief and my top choices…and when those don't work…then I go to the Natural Morphine Bomb (5 drops each of Idaho Balsam Fir, Copaiba, Frankincense essential oils -in a cap) and I also drink the Lemonade Cleanse (2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 1 Tbsp. grade B maple syrup, and a pinch of cayenne pepper in water). (From Anna)
3. My migraines always start in my neck so I put drops of Valor essential oil along top of my spine and neck, every twenty minutes until I feel the tension subsiding (From JordAnne)
4. I'm a nursing Mom too and use Peppermint. It affects supply in some people but has never been a problem for me. I usually use one of the following with the peppermint: marjoram, deep relief, lavender, or stress away essential oils. (From Melanie)
5. A drop of Aroma Life under the tongue and also applied to the temples has completely changed the monthly migraines that used to put me in bed for the day. If it's a really stubborn migraine, filling a capsule with Aroma Life will do the trick for me. (From Laura)
Remember this information is not meant to diagnose or prescribe a migraine headache. It could indicate a serious issue. It’s important to determine the cause of the migraines and correct it.
Do you or your kids suffer from migraine headaches? Let us know what foods you have eliminated and ways you help fight the pain. Please comment below.
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