and Hormones – A Natural Approach
that 40 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches. Headaches
are one of the leading causes of missed work or school. So why
is it that so many of us suffer from such annoying and often debilitating
pains in the head? Honestly, there are several reasons.
Some of the most common
triggers of migraines are stress, food allergies, caffeine withdrawal,
medications, lack of sleep, extreme weather conditions, blood
sugar fluctuations, and hormone imbalances.
Many migraine suffers
find little or no relief in either over-the-counter or prescription
medications. And, even for those that do, rebound headaches are
often a resulting side effect.
When suffering from
chronic headaches, it is important to learn your triggers. Keep
a diary that tells the date, time, weather conditions, foods eaten
in the last 24 hours, emotional stressors, amount of sleep, drugs
taken or, if you are a female, where you are in your menstrual
cycle. Determining your triggers can take you a long way towards
reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines.
Once you have eliminated
many of the triggers (yes, through hard work and dedication),
you may find your headaches arrive pre or post menstrual. You
have just discovered that your migraines are triggered by hormones.
Oh yes, the same lovely chemical that gives us mood swings, cramps,
bloating, breast tenderness and those horrible chocolate cravings
will also cause your migraine headaches.
If you fall into this
category, there is hope beyond medication. It’s important
to understand that this will require a commitment on your part.
Balancing hormones can be a tedious and difficult prospect but
the rewards are well worth the effort.
is the most frequent cause of hormone imbalances.
Here are a few keys
to remember about estrogen dominance.
• Fat stores estrogen. The more weight you gain, the more
estrogen you will retain.
• Stress produces cortisol which boosts estrogen levels.
• A toxic liver, from excess alcohol or pollution, will
not filter estrogen out of our bodies.
• Many of the foods we eat are fed estrogens to make them
grow and produce more food. Eating meat and diary products will
increase your estrogen levels.
• Plastic containers, pesticides and cleaning chemicals
produce xeno-estrogens, chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body.
• Skipping periods, whether by choice through the use of
birth control pills or by nature, will prevent the release of
progesterone which keeps estrogen levels in balance.
It’s no wonder
girls as young as 7 and 8 are now starting their menstrual cycles.
So what are the answers?
You can beat hormone caused migraine headaches through good nutrition
and supplementation as well as regular exercise. Here are some
• Start shopping for hormone free meats. These can be found
in health food stores or ordered online.
• Use non-toxic household cleaners and non-toxic pesticides
• Make sure you are getting at least 30 grams of fiber every
day. If you aren’t eating enough to get this amount, be
sure to supplement with a quality fiber product. Fiber binds to
estrogen helping to remove it from the body.
• Vitamins A, C, B12 and E along with magnesium, selenium,
calcium and anti-oxidants are essential to maintaining a healthy
• Supplement with DHEA. This hormone precursor promotes
the development of progesterone which will keep estrogen in check.
• And, of course, there is progesterone cream. Be sure to
select a high quality progesterone cream that offers no less than
500 mg of progesterone that is not synthetic.
• Also consider adding in Milk Thistle. This herb has a
wonderful track record for cleansing and supporting the liver.
If you are unsure of
what products to use or which steps to take, be sure you work
with someone that is familiar with natural alternatives. They
should be able to guide you in your decision making process.
By taking these steps,
you should be on your way to improved health with a wonderful
side effect, no more MIGRAINES!
Nicole Bandes is a
Certified Herb Specialist who's passion is educating individuals
about natural alternatives available to them. Find more articles
by Nicole and order health supplements at www.naturallyherbs.com.
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