4 Everyday Things That Help Migraines Prevention & 4 Everyday Things That Hurt Them

Ginger Is An Effective Migraine Treatment, Too

Although it doesn’t work for everyone, a small study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that for some people, ginger powder works as well as a common abortive migraine medication. “The effectiveness of ginger powder in the treatment of common migraine attacks is statistically comparable to sumatriptan,” the study reported. “Ginger also poses a better side effect profile than sumatriptan.”

Bright Lights Can Make Migraines Worse

The National Institutes of Health U.S. Library of Medicine listed bright lights as a common migraine trigger. This is definitely true for me. If you notice that you get a migraine after spending a lot of time under fluorescent or other bright lights, it’s possible that this is a trigger for you, too. While you can’t escape all bright lights, use soft, low lighting in your home, and always carry a pair of sunglasses in case you have to spend a significant amount of time in a brightly lit room.

Certain Foods Can Trigger Migraines

You might be surprised to learn that some of your favorite foods are common migraine triggers, and unfortunately, the list is long. According to the National Institutes of Health U.S. Library of Medicine, fermented foods, baked goods, chocolate, nuts, dairy products, avocado (!!!), banana, citrus fruit, meats that contain nitrates, red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken liver, figs, and certain beans can all trigger migraines.

In addition, Dr. Hutchinson says that foods with preservatives and artificial sweeteners should also be avoided by migraineurs. Not every food is a trigger for every person. But if you have migraines, and you’re not sure which foods might be a trigger for you, keep a food diary so you can note the correlation between certain foods and the onset of a migraine.

Put Away The Perfume

Perfumes and artificial air fresheners are a trigger for so many people that a lot of workplaces are going scent-free. Perfume is such a huge trigger for me that my friends know not to wear it around me. When I travel, I always request a room that hasn’t been cleaned with scented products, and I have to tell anyone I date that they can’t wear perfume or cologne in my presence. If you notice that you get a migraine after wearing or being around perfume, try going perfume-free and opting for scents derived from essential oils instead.

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