Simple habits can go far toward keeping migraines to a minimum. Here are a few everyday solutions.
Keep up your cardio
In a small Swedish study, migraine sufferers who cycled indoors 3 times a week had fewer headaches and less severe pain after three months. If you don’t like spinning, no worries. Doing any kind of moderate cardio, for example Zumba or jogging, three days a week is good. But build up your routine gradually, and keep it on the light side: Leaping into exercise too fast or going too hard can actually set off a migraine.
Eat often, ache less
When we wait too long between meals, out blood sugar levels dip, which can trigger a migraine. Carry healthy snacks- a handful of unsalted nuts, organic dried fruit or vegetables with hummus- so you never get too depleted. Stay very well-hydrated too.
Be a bit boring
It’s no surprise that stress leads to migraines, but stress itself may not be the culprit-coming down from the frenzy may actually be a bigger trigger. Cortisol dulls pain, so falling levels may cause migraines to kick in. If you’re not prepared to lead a more humdrum life, try to pace yourself to prevent big shifts in cortisol levels.
Consider a supplement
Some research suggests that supplementing your diet with vitamin B12, magnesium, coenzyme Q10 and/or the herbs feverfew and butterbur may help prevent migraines. Just remember to ask your doctor if you decide to try any supplements, especially if you’re pregnant or nursing.
Reconsider your birth control
Medications containing estrogen, including the pill and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), may cause hormonal fluctuations that can lead to migraines or make them worse. Consider going off HRT or if you’re on the pill, talk to your doctor about using an estrogen patch on PMS-related migraine days to prevent the dramatic dip that triggers headaches.