Sorry for the delay (not that you are waiting with baited breath, but if you are you were BREATHE), I had a baby with a tooth problem…(had a lot of crazy teeth issues this week….our oldest lost her first tooth and our youngest is a raging teether—> thank the Lord for our new-to-us Ergo!!!). So I am FINALLY back to migraines or how to get rid of them.
So my first step was definitely the magnesium. And on a slight side note, did you know that magnesium helps to regulate bowel movements. With my first two pregnancies, I thought the only thing you could do was take Colace for constipation. Wow, not a girl’s best friend. So I resorted to just the fact that every few days I would have a hard time. No fun..but I only have this problem during pregnancy, so I figured it was something I had to deal with. Plus, my OB told me in no uncertain terms it was just one of the “symptoms” of pregnancy. (another soapbox…sypmtoms of pregnancy to me means it is a disease instead of a normal part of life….like I said….another soapbox) It never occurred to me that it was NOT normal and could be a sign of a deficiency—–> MAGNESIUM. In pregnancy and nursing, the body needs extra magnesium, so if you are experiencing a difficulty time with your bowels, grab some magnesium. (Duh, they give milk of magnesium, make you chug magnesium, etc….but when I asked my doctor is he thought I might have a magnesium deficiency, he actually said, “oh no, there is no connection between constipation and magnesium”….YET it cures it???) okay, back on track….
So Magnesium really helped, tremendously. I literally have gone from the 40 at the worst climax down to I have had ONE in a year. And I do believe that the magnesium deficiency was a large part of it. But in my studying, I have found some other really interesting things that I want to share. The reason is that everyone is different and magnesium may not be your cure-all. Also, I believe that the cure is often multicomplex, and so I want you to have all the information possible.
So chocolate, sweet tarts, peanut butter cups, copious amounts of soda and sweet tea, pies, cakes, cookies (by the half box of oreos), and candy by the pound (LITERALLY)….yea, that was my consumption. And one of my secrets. I had stashes everywhere. I -, snuck, and ate until I had ulcers. I am not sure exactly why, but I did. Not only the sugar that was in them but the dyes, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and the MSG, I am sure all contributed to my addiction. I was especially susceptible right after having a baby. And of course, then would come the migraines. My sweet husband would often oblige by stopping by Kroger to pick me up some more supplies….grocery list: 5 pounds of peanut butter M & M’s that would last me about a week, maybe.
It wasn’t until a friend bugged me, and she was nice about it but she BUGGED me about reading this book: Nourishing Traditions. And I did a little reluctantly. So two and a half years ago, I started flipping through it. And I could not put it down. A ton of changes then began occurring. and little by little, my addiction to sugar began to dwindle. NOW, that being said, “I STILL have a sweet tooth….” but I am trying to decrease it continually. And I use options that are healthier and not full of processed sugars or toxins. I also no longer consume the amounts that I was intaking.
So why is sugar so bad for a migraine sufferer…….
1. Sugar actually blocks the absorption of magnesium and calcium. It binds with these minerals and therefore the body is not able to absorb and use these minerals. (It probably does it with a lot more nutrients, but that is what I am focusing on right now.) So, my intake of sugar, combined with pregnancy and nursing a baby, was definitely helping to “hurt” my cause in the journey to healing. As I decreased my sugar intake, I believe, combining that with extra Magnesium, I decreased my migraines.
2. Increased sugar equals increased insulin production and release…..which you can stimulate so much that it becomes the dominant hormone. (and eventually you can wear out the process and cause yourself to become Type II diabetic. I fully believe I was on this path/am on this path…) Once insulin becomes the dominant hormone, your other hormones are decreased in production…ie…thyroid horomes, reproductive hormones, adrenals, etc….So you can actually induce hypothyroidism by your diet, reproductive problems, adrenal fatigue, etc. A balanced diet that includes a diet built on healthy fats and protein, limiting the amount of foods that stimulate insulin (and eating a spaced times throughout the day) can vastly improve your hormone levels. (Now, I also want to note here: often the damage we have done to our hormonal systems is not as easy as just limiting sugar intake. It typically includes a lot of other factors, but this shows exactly how influential diet can be in our overall health. I still firmly believe that the concept that disease is always either due to or influences by deficiencies or toxic effects of nutrients.)
So sugar….oh so sweet, but probably not the best thing for a migraine sufferer…A few of the migraine sufferers that I have spoken to, often talk about intense sugar cravings prior to migraines. Or having binges of either lots of sugar or lots of salty baked goods. The last year, due to adrenal fatigue and thyroid problems, I have begun decreasing or eliminating gluten and sugar from my diet. Prior to that I had given into intense cravings with each pregnancies….and when I mean giving into and intense, I am talking about crazy amounts of what I was eating….with after Emma I ate a lot of dried pasta and candy, Elliot was pounds of peanut butter M & M’s and Maggie I drank a 20 oz Sprite and ate a sleeve or two of Saltines a night. With all these post-partum periods, I suffered intense migraines and frequently, often between 4-8 a month. With my last post-partum period, I ate fruit, corn chips (not the best for me I am sure) and salsa, and a few other limited snacks, and I have had 1 migraine. So, I am thinking I am on a better path!
Okay….so that is sugar….next topic will probably be either Riboflavin/CoQ10- helping Magnesium out or Eliminating some Other toxins….
And here is a some great info on Magnesium: http://www.diabetesexplained.com/magnesium-and-diabetes.html