Working to Prevent your Migraine Headache

By: Niall Roche

Migraine sufferers know that preventing one of these painful vascular headaches is much better than having to try to cure it after it has started. After all, who wants to spend a day (or even longer) laying in a darkened room waiting for the agonizing head pain to go away? Of course, while you can take pills or other medications to stop an attack, it is best to stop migraines before they start. You will need to do this by removing your migraine triggers from your life.

You will have to begin by being aware of your body and what things cause migraines to start. There are four main migraine triggers for most people. They are stress, too much coffee, dairy products, or chocolate.

With today's high paced and hectic lifestyles, stress is more prevalent than ever. Since stress is one of the most common triggers of migraines, you should consider trying some relaxation techniques. Ideally, getting rid of all stressors is the best choice, but few people can quit their jobs or get rid of their families! Instead, try meditating, deep breathing, or other relaxation techniques to try to reduce stress.

Coffee is hard for people to remove from their lives because caffeine is addictive. However, it is possible to do so. If you can't live without a hot morning beverage, try drinking decaffinated coffee or tea instead. If you still suffer from migraines, you may need to try soy coffee or herbal teas. Migraines from coffee can be prevented.

Dairy products are another thing that it is possible to remove from your life. If you can't replace them entirely with soy products and other substitutes, you should make an effort to reduce the amount of these products you consume.

Chocolate is hard for chocolate lovers to resist. However, if it is giving you blinding headaches, you may find the will power to avoid it. If you have an irrestible craving, try dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Dark chocolate has caffeine, but doesn't combine it with dairy the way milk chocolate does.

Finally, remember that there is no magic cure for migraine prevention. However, avoiding common migraine triggers can greatly reduce the number of migraines you experience. Knowing what gives you migraines and how you feel when they start can help you more than pills or other treatments, which often cure migraines instead of preventing them in the first place. Even better, migraine prevention avoids all those unpleasant side effects many medications have.

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