Tuesday’s Heartbeat: Migraine Remedy

Refreshing Ice Cold Water with Lemon

Once a month or so, I suffer from migraine headaches. As you may have guessed, they’re due to hormonal fluctuations, i.e., my menstrual cycle.

While my physician — the attentive and always helpful Dr. Dan Watson from Autumn Road Family Practice — has prescribed a very-effective medicine, I’ve sought a natural remedy to this common problem.

According to the Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.org), migraines “may be caused by changes in the brainstem and its interactions with a major pain pathway,” know as the trigeminal nerve. These debilitating headaches can be caused by: foods such as aged cheeses and salty and processed foods; aspartame; alcohol; stress; sensory stimuli such as bright lights, loud noises and unusual and strong smells, such as paint or secondhand smoke; lack of sleep; change of weather or barometric pressure; oral contraceptives; and hormonal changes — especially right before or after one’s periods.

Huh, who knew food and alcohol were factors? So after reading this, I’ve modified my behavior. In my quest to lose weight, I already eat less processed and salty foods. I exercise most days — rest assured you’ll be hearing more about my early-morning, 4-mile walk/runs later — which helps reduce stress. And I don’t drink anything more than 4 ounces of wine during my cycle. I’ve also heard — who knows if it’s true — that dehydration can cause headaches. So I drink about 60 ounces of water daily. Yet, some months, regardless of my efforts, I have a day or two of intense migraine pain … during which I must solider on.

Last month, our publisher, Missy, told me of a remedy one of her friends swears by: sea salt and lemons. Several Google searches later, I found the following recipe:

  • 1 cup of lemon juice with lemon zest
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 teaspoons of Himalayan sea salt

Mix. Brace yourself. Take a deep breath, and drink.

(OK, I added the two middle instructions, but you get the point). Did it work? The recipe promises instant relief. While I didn’t experience instant and complete relief, the pain eased and three hours later, I was right as rain.

For more information about this natural remedy, log on to bestherbalhealth.com.

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