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A Natural Migraine Protocol That Actually Works

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Do you need a natural migraine prevention plan that actually works?

Migraines will no longer rule my life.

Finally, a solution that was doable.

Anyone who knows me knows I have struggled with migraines for years.  As early as I can remember I have had migraines. I could just say that it was meant to be, this is my body so I will learn to live with the pain. Except I can’t.

The pain of migraines was stealing not only days but weeks of my life I couldn’t get back. Hours pacing the floor because the pressure was too much if I laid down, time spent hovering over the toilet while my kids looked on asking if I was ok. Who wants to live like that?

Doctor’s, God bless them, were no help at all. Try this prescription, try that drug, is all they could say. Except for a brain scan to rule out any tumors, if that scan came back clear you were good to go. Except you weren’t good to go, the pain was still there.

Then there are the home remedies. I actually love home remedies and find most of them very helpful….except for the migraine/headache ones. Those suck.  I’m sorry but putting my feet in hot water and ice on my head makes me feel good for approximately 2 seconds.

Don’t try to give me new home remedies, I have most likely tried them all. Your home remedy people mean well I know. It’s just the pain of a migraine is no laughing matter.  People actually commit suicide over migraines, they cause emotional breakdowns and they are very hard on family members as well. You need a migraine protocol that works.

My search for a fix for my migraines was relentless. I was determined to keep searching and trying to find a solution until I found one….even if I was 80 years old. I have spent hours and hours researching migraine and hormones, vascular disorders, food allergies, brain inflammation.

Finally, I can say I have found something to help. I can prevent most if not all of my headaches now and I want to share that information with you so you can live free and happy again.

A way of natural migraine prevention.

“All disease begins in the gut” Hippocrates

I think old Hippocrates was really on to something here. The more I study and research everything seems to be tied to the gut. As I went on a journey to end headaches forever I also noticed other annoying symptoms began to disappear such as neck pain, sores on my feet, anxiety problems, brain fog, and my acne disappeared.

Seriously, I had adult acne until I fixed my gut…but on with the natural migraine prevention.

I’m not selling a pill that will fix you, sorry.  I am going to talk to you about food, inflammation, and histamines. Think about an empty bucket. Everything we eat either fills the bucket a little higher or lower with inflammation and histamines.

You eat inflammatory foods…bucket gets a little higher. Have some high histamine drinks…bucket gets even higher and may start to overflow.

Histamine is a wonderful thing. It’s a neurotransmitter with important roles in the body. It triggers the immune system and purposely causes inflammation when it is needed.

The problem arises when we have too much histamine for whatever reason, such as the gut is in bad health and can’t break down the histamine we are eating or producing. Histamine causes the blood vessels in your body to dilate.

Ever notice you get a congested face or a runny nose before or during a migraine? You can thank histamine for that.

So what is the solution to this problem? Things can get very technical very quickly so I’m going to give you an overview to help you get started.

We need to reduce overall inflammation and histamine overload in the body to start seeing results.

There are quite a few reasons we have too much histamine but it can almost always be reduced by taking care of issues in the gut such as bacteria overgrowth and candida.

Aside from the root causes of histamine overload, getting started on a low histamine meal plan will give you some relief while you work on fixing your gut. This is a general list of high histamine foods to avoid.

These lists are suggestions and don’t take into account individual food allergies so you must listen to your body and compensate for reactions to the foods listed below. Making your own food lists for your natural migraine prevention would be most effective.

High Histamine Foods

Alcohol
Vinegar/pickled Foods
Aged Cheeses
Processed Meats
Artificial Colorings
Most Preservatives
Chocolate
Fermented Foods
Most Citrus Fruits
Walnuts/Cashews/Peanuts
Tomatoes
Eggplant
Spinach
Dried Fruits
Wheat
Dairy and Yogurt
Leftovers
Smoked Meats
Avocado
Bananas
Soured Products

Low Histamine Foods

Freshly Cooked Meats
Eggs
Cooking Oils
Fresh Fruit
Fresh Vegetables
Non-Dairy Milks
Green Herbs
Most Leafy Greens (except spinach)
Gluten-Free Grains
Fresh to Frozen Foods

A note on leftover food. Eating leftovers such as leftover chicken always give me a reaction, including headaches, digestive issues, and mood problems. When food sits in the fridge it accumulates histamine.

Some of my worst migraines came from eating leftovers.

While eliminating histamine foods will bring most immediate relief, we don’t want to eliminate these foods forever. The point is to repair the body, reduce inflammation and histamine so we can feel good again, not live on a restricted tiny list of foods all our lives.

SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) and candida in the gut are one of the primary reasons we are feeling crappy, to begin with.  Our goal is to reduce the bad gut bacteria and yeast which reduces inflammation, helps us absorb our foods better and relieves a large number of symptoms aside from headache relief.

I have an entire article on SIBO here but I will recap because repairing your gut is vital to the natural migraine prevention. You have to reduce the bad bacteria and yeast in the gut.

They are nasty little buggers that steal your food, brain power, and happiness. Taking an anti-bacterial/viral herb and eating a low fodmap diet will greatly reduce these buggers. Here are some great natural bugger killers for your natural migraine prevention.

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Here are some great supplements for your natural migraine prevention.

Oil of Oregano in capsule form is a very strong antibiotic but is only recommended for a short amount of time. It has the power to truly wipe out all gut bacteria which isn’t what we are going for. Use with caution.

Olive Leaf is a great choice for an antibiotic and it also kills candida. It has some benefits also such as lowered blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s one of my favorite choices!

Caprylic Acid has many antibiotic and anti-fungal properties and is great for brain health. It’s naturally found in coconut oil in small amounts.

Cat’s Claw or Una de Gato is another great antibiotic and also helps get rid of parasites. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties and many people testify it helps with arthritis as well.

Along with eliminating those high histamine foods, eating a low fodmap diet is something you may want to look into.  This will help to starve out the remaining bad bacteria and yeasts in the bowels.

So repairing your gut lining and lowering your bodies inflammation response is the goal. Here are additional tips I have used to help repair the gut.

Do not underestimate these suggestions just because it’s not a pill to take.

Anything that greatly reduces stress and anxiety will lower inflammation in the body is great for your natural migraine prevention plan.

  • Deep breathing exercises (don’t laugh, this actually helps turn off that fight or flight stress response in the body)
  • Yoga
  • Loving who you are and not worrying about other’s opinions

I added in a few supplements to aid in the gut repair after a month or 2 of the antiviral/antibiotics.

Quercetin– This is a great anti-inflammatory and reduces the amount of histamine made by the mast cells.

L-Glutamine is an essential amino acid that aids in intestinal repair and mucus regulation.

Probiotics are essential for rebalancing the gut bacteria. If you have histamine issues you need to be selective on which probiotics you use. Many can create histamine’s in the system or be a trigger for a reaction. I have found that Prescript Assist is a histamine friendly probiotic.

So let’s recap what I did:

Eliminate high histamine and high fodmap foods from my meals.

Watch for foods your allergic too, keeping a food diary will really help you track your symptoms after you eat certain foods such as dairy which can be a trigger for some people.

Work on repairing the gut by adding in anti-bacterial and anti-viral supplements.

Add some friendly gut supporting supplements. I

also recommend a liquid vitamin B complex. Most people with digestive/bowel issues are low in B12. Magnesium is also essential for nerve and muscle function.

Add in some stress-reducing lifestyle habits such as yoga and deep breathing.

I started this process one step at a time, first by eliminating high histamine foods. I have had great success in reducing my migraines that were debilitating.

Everyone’s body is a little different so you may need to tweak a food here or there.

This is about listening to your body and what it needs.

Our bodies have a way of communicating with us, telling us something is wrong and migraines are definitely a warning sign something is off.

If you are tired of having constant migraines or living in fear of the next one…I recommend the Digestive Health Restoration Program by Dr. Jockers. 

It’s a complete program to walk you through how to heal your body so you don’t have to piece everything together.

I would love to hear your comments about what has worked for you in your natural migraine prevention!

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/health/migraine

 

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22 Comments

  1. Hello! I have suffered from migraines for years and now daily migraines. I was just diagnosed with IBS and SIBO, so I am hoping this is the start to some relief! I am willing to try anything. However these elimination diets are no joke. What do we eat?! What does a typical day of meals and snacks look like? I am having a very hard time staying satisfied. Any advice/tips from your journey are appreciated.

    1. Hi Jessica! I’m so sorry you are suffering. Bowel infections such as SIBO or candida overgrowth can create extra histamine and toxins which is a huge migraine trigger. It takes time to kill off bad gut bacteria and fungus. I will say that finding foods that agree with you is key, you may be able to eat things that I can’t and vice versa. There isn’t a perfect food list that will work for everyone. In general, I would say NO to eating leftovers, fermented items (for now), dairy and gluten. You CAN eat fresh fruits and vegetables, meats that are cooked from fresh (eat right after cooking) and try some grains such as quinoa or jasmine rice and see how you do. You might have to keep a journal of how you feel after eating things. Leftovers grow bacteria which can cause a migraine. Chicken is the worst, after sitting in the fridge for a few hours or more. You could look into trying Benedryl for a bit to see if it helps. Do you have a doctor you can talk too about a possible gut infection?

  2. Yes!!!! I am happy to say that after 7 years of unbelievable chronic migraine, I was just diagnosed with SIBO, and the treatment has shown me that there is a direct correlation with migraine. MIRACLE!!! Thank you for your very helpful info.

    1. That’s amazing Carole!!! My problem was also bad gut bacteria. So glad you are feeling better. Waking up without a migraine is the best day ever!

  3. My daughter has suffered migraines for years and we have tried everything with no relief. And I have suffered with Sarcoidosis, an inflammatory autoimmune disease. We will definitely try this. Do you take all of the supplements or just try a few? Thank you for your insight!

    1. Read the book The Migraine Miracle!

      It also discusses autoimmune disease and gut health and how it links to migraines, and is all affected by how we eat. It has really helped me.

  4. Hello Amanda, thanks for sharing for your experience! I wanted to ask your opinion about how hormones relate to migraine. I was pregnant for 3 months, I had NO migraines during that time, then unfortunately I miscarried and afterwards, I got a whopper. This confirms what I had thought before, that hormone levels without a doubt affect my migraines. Do you have any advice or resources regarding these types of migraines? I’m sure the gut inflammation/histamine has a lot to do with it too. Thank you!

    1. Hi Rebecca, I also felt amazing when I was pregnant! I know your body produces some natural antihistamines during pregnancy that help lower histamine levels so that plays a role in lower migraines. For hormone help, I use progesterone cream. It really helps to balance out the hormones and keep things level so it’s not a roller coaster of hormones. It does reduce migraines but not as much as diet does for me personally. I hope you get to the root of your headaches, they are no joke.

  5. I am a chronic migraine sufferer and have found a meat and dairy diet work for me. No fruit, no vegetables, no sugar. I take extra salt and no other supplements. The difference is amazing.

  6. I just stopped the AIP(Autoimmune Protocol) after 5 months and I feel worse than ever. I’ve had chronic migraines for 6 weeks. I was just tested for SIBO, (2nd time), and I have it again. So, what I’d like to know is if I go on an antihistamine, low FODMAPS, anti-inflammatory, autoimmune, leaky gut, candida diet, what is left to eat? I’m not being sarcastic, I’m serious. What do I do? It’s very frustrating!

    1. I’m sorry you are struggling Sue. The good news is that many of the foods in all these diets overlap. If SIBO is your main struggle I have personally found low fodmap and cutting out vinegar and leftovers to be most effective. Since all of our bodies are different I recommend keeping a food journal. Write down how you feel after each meal and then you can begin to construct your own food plan that works best for your body. There will never be one perfect diet for everyone. Just take one food at a time and make sure you document how you feel afterward including things like mood, head pressure, and even anxiety. I wish you the best!!

  7. I was have ins and ulcerative colitis had to have surgery in Oct for prolapsed rectum on all kinds of meds including humaria I don’t have gluten and I’m dairy free i also take probiotic drink take B-12 and vitamin D

  8. Thank you for this article! I have been using the Cats Claw along with I downloaded the Monash University FODMAP app and I am having a positive experience. I have been suffering from migraines since age 10 and like you tried everything and nothing worked, it’s been 3 weeks now and I did have a migraine but I wasn’t disabled by it, I had nausea but at least I was able to still eat and drink fluids and most importantly I was able to make my appointments and go to work. I am going to be adding some supplements in a couple of weeks and see how it goes but once again Thank you!

      1. Hi Amanda,

        Just wanted to give you an update. I no longer have migraines and I am loving living again!

        Thank you!

        Gail-Marie

        1. Oh my goodness!! This is the best comment I have ever gotten. Thank you so much for letting me know. Enjoy every day!

  9. Hi! Very nice article and excellent advice!
    I have also suffered from migraines for as long as I can remember, and having a job sitting in front of a screen is no help at all. Migraines were sure to hit me at least once a month for 1 to 4 days in a row, until last December when I found something that works amazingly well for me.
    Besides starting exercising on a regular basis, I have started to take an electrolyte supplement every morning. It helps me with energy and hydration and the frequency of migraines has surely decreased. I am almost two months “clean” of migraines and painkillers and I have never felt better.

  10. Hello,
    I suffered many years with migraines, and found that there was a pattern to these migraines. I found that , after every menstral period, i would get one of these migraines and they would last 2 or 3 days. My doctor saw no relevance, but since i have had a historecomy, i have never experienced another one of the migraines.
    I also believe that many foods can be a trigger to these headaches, and try to eat healthy green leaf foods and plenty of protein.

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