I can’t tell you the last time I had a headache. However I do remember the last time I had a migraine. Even though you want to forget about the time you were dying on the bathroom floor in a fetal position, you never seem to forget it.
This morning I woke up to an achy temple and panicked! Maybe it was just the fact that the weather has been gross and rainy for days, or maybe the barometric pressure was up. Or maybe it was the dinner we had last night at a local restaurant celebrating our daughters track team losing their meet. Ya we celebrate losses in this house too;) Regardless, I wasn’t surrendering to this pounding pain.
Back in the day I’d pound some Imitrex and Motrin. Now days I know that many migraines are due to our diet. Sugary drinks and caffeine play a huge role, but so does artificial colorings and sweeteners. We also become prone to migraines from a lack of magnesium. Magnesium is one of the most crucial elements for our bodies health. Magnesium is responsible for creating building blocks to support tissue, body fluids and regulating the body’s function down to the molecular structure. Without producing magnesium we could not create energy, our muscles would be in constant contract mode and even our cholesterol would spike.
Consuming caffeinated or sugary drinks contain phosphates. These actually bind to magnesium and don’t allow the body to absorb magnesium. So it literally just bypasses the digestive system and blood in our body. Tack on some stress and fatigue from long days at work and not eating plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, you’ve got inflammation and a lack of magnesium brewing up a head spinning mess.
Any time I feel a headache coming on, I go straight to my fridge. We all have real medicine in the kitchen. Make yourself a quick shake that will load you up with not only magnesium but calcium and hydration. This will help absorb more of the magnesium and lower the inflammation building up.
Side note* Add in a few drops of peppermint essential oil on your temples and you are set for NOT being bedridden.
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup spinach or kale
1 celery stick
1/4 fresh lemon peeled or 1tsp lemon juice
1/2 inch peeled fresh ginger
1/2 inch peeled turmeric (optional)
Blend for one minute in a high powered blender and enjoy feeling the throbbing pain dissipate.