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Some migraine sufferers say switching to a "paleo" diet reduces migraine attacks, while others report that the same diet actually increases the frequency and intensity of attacks. What's going on?

In this issue of the newsletter, we take a look at how a particular diet can help or worsen migraines depending on our own unique triggers.

As always, if you have questions or a story you'd like to share, we'd love to hear from you.

Amanda DiBenedetto

Linpharma Customer Education
How Diets Can Tame or Trigger Migraines

There has been some buzz about "paleo" diets helping ward off migraine attacks. So why do these diets actually increase migraine attacks for some people?

For starters, let's look at what the paleo diet is. It's based on the idea that we're best adapted to eat the same types of foods humans ate before the dawn of agriculture. That means no dairy, grains or legumes, potatoes, corn, refined sugar or processed oils. You can eat lots of meat, some veggies and fruit. Alcohol (in moderation) is allowed.

Whether this diet helps reduce migraines or not depends on your own unique situation, including:

Your Triggers
For many people, dairy foods seem to trigger migraines. If dairy is one of your own triggers, it makes sense that any diet that reduces your consumption of milk, cheeses and other dairy products could also reduce your migraines.

Potential nutritional deficiencies 
If dairy foods are not your particular triggers, a paleo diet could actually contribute to nutritional deficiencies that are known to trigger migraines. Eliminating legumes, whole grains and dairy eliminates rich sources of the mineral magnesium. Magnesium deficiencies have long been studied as migraine triggers.

On the other hand, the high levels of B vitamins in red meat may be good, since riboflavin (B2) seems to have a beneficial effect for some migraine sufferers.

 Your Budget 
The paleo diet's emphasis on meat makes it a very expensive option in terms of weight management and migraine prevention. If you're considering the diet mainly for weight loss, you may want to make an additional investment in a magnesium supplement. If you're considering paleo mainly for migraine relief, you might want to test whether supplements alone can make a difference without making major changes in the way you eat. Both herbal extract of butterbur root (Petasites) and blended magnesium-B2-CoQ10 have good research behind them.

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One free way to banish TWO migraine causes

Dehydration and excess weight are associated with migraines. You can address both by increasing your water intake throughout the day.

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Drink away extra pounds: A Drexel University College of Medicine Study found women with more belly fat were 37% more likely to get migraines than women with trimmer torsos. Drinking more water can help weight loss by reducing both hunger and the calories consumed in other types of beverages.

Stay hydrated: In a study published in the European Journal of Neurology, migraine patients who increased their water intake experienced fewer hours of pain. Try drinking at least six cups of water a day for two weeks and see what happens.
Are you at risk for magnesium deficiency?

Magnesium deficiency has been linked to migraines. Since a chronic deficiency can also lead to everything from low energy to high blood pressure, it's important to talk with your doctor. Symptoms to mention include leg cramps, foot pain, muscle twitches and trouble sleeping. Too much coffee, soda, salt or alcohol can also deplete magnesium, as can prolonged stress, excessive sweating, heavy menstrual periods, diarrhea, diabetes and other medical conditions.

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