Recently I was going to meet a friend for lunch, and she texted me at the last minute, she had a headache. I turned around, went home, picked up a copy of my headache free book and dropped it off for her.
When I checked her out the next day, she was doing much better than she normally would have been 24 hours after the episode. She said she tried some of the quick tips I recommended in my book and improved on today’s post.
A “migration” is my term for substances that explode like a grenade in your brain and trigger a migraine. It’s a coined term that works well and is immediately understood. All of the cytokines that cause pain in your body should be considered migrations, as they are responsible for the pain and inflammation associated with headaches. One of them is NF Kappa B which is discussed below. But first, I suggest you minimize or eliminate these most powerful migrations if you ever want to feel better:
- Artificial sweeteners and colors
- Any garment requiring dry cleaning
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Vegetable oil that contains bromine
- Fancy dryer sheets
- Perfume containing synthetic chemicals
By the way, you can make your own drying sheets by taking some cotton and putting a few drops of your favorite essential oil and throwing them in the dryer with your clothes. I love lavender mixed with wild orange or lemon essential oil. The possibilities of using natural essential oils are limitless and this trick will not harm your endocrine glands.
Now, let’s cover two important nutrients that support your endocrine glandular health *
Iodine is one of the components that helps make thyroid hormone. A low level of thyroid hormones is one of the causes of migraines, so iodine or a good thyroid supplement could be helpful in reducing the frequency.
This herb comes from a shrub native to India, and it is also called Indian ginseng. The extract helps make thyroid hormone and provides antioxidant protection. One of my favorite supplements for thyroid (and adrenal) health is “winter cherry” or ashwagandha, known botanically as Withania somnifera. I often suggest it as an option for people who can’t sleep because it’s so sedating. This plant is a powerful antioxidant and will protect your DNA.
NF Kappa B
Earlier I mentioned NF Kappa B as a natural compound in your body, but associated with migraines. Activation of this substance is also associated with facial pain, autoimmune diseases, depression, anxiety, attention deficit, diabetes, chronic infections, obesity and the simple fact to grow old.
Fortunately, there are natural compounds that slow this path, reducing pain. Some of the best are probiotic supplements, a cup of green tea, lipoic acid, omega 3 fish oils, curcumin, lipoic acid, resveratrol and a few more. The popular diabetes drug “metformin” also slows this pathway. If you would like to read a more complete version of this article, please sign up for my newsletter at suzycohen.com and I will email you more information.
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