You've probably heard that exercise can trigger migraines. But making a few changes in how you exercise may actually reduce the chance of your workout ending in a migraine. In fact, these changes can also help reduce your sensitivity to other migraine triggers as well. Read on to learn how.

Also, discover a pair of seasonal "Dos" and "Don'ts" that can help you get through stressful planning and shopping migraine-free.

If there are topics you'd like us cover in the coming year, please let us know and we'll report back. In the meantime, we hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and a nice start to the holiday season.

Amanda DiBenedetto

Linpharma Customer Education
Migraines? Change How You Exercise

Exercise is often listed as a migraine trigger. But research suggests that it may be the way you exercise and not exercise itself that actually brings on an attack. Here are changes that may help you manage your migraines while exercising, and even reduce your susceptibility to other migraine triggers such as dehydration.

#1. Replace extreme workouts with moderate aerobic exercises. Research suggests that mild, regular aerobic exercise offers the greatest benefits to migraine sufferers, compared to more strenuous activities. Brisk walking, swimming, dancing, cycling and easy jogging are ideal.

#2. Warm up. According to Sue Dyson, author of Migraines: a Natural Approach, some doctors believe migraines that occur after exercising may come from the body's response to the shock of sudden activity. A gradual warm-up allows you to reach an active level without creating the sudden demand for oxygen that can cause a shock to your system.

#3. Eat properly before exercising. If you haven't properly fueled your body, even moderate exercise can cause your blood sugar levels to fall and blood vessels in the brain can spasm, triggering an attack.

#4. Hydrate! Dehydration is itself a common headache trigger, so make sure you drink adequate water before, during and after exercising.

#5. Cool down. By gradually lowering your activity level, you prevent the shock described in #3. Plus, cooling down and stretching can also help prevent muscle soreness which can in turn provoke or intensify a migraine.

Making these changes can help you reduce your risk of exercise triggering a migraine. And that's good news because exercise itself can help defuse stress and insomnia which are two other common contributors to migraines.

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Put a Little (Ginger Snap) in Your Routine
As we start our 2014 holiday season, you may want to add some ginger to your routine. Ginger is a spice that seems to reduce the inflammation of blood vessels and may be beneficial in helping you fend off two common holiday headache triggers: stress and dehydration.

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TRY THIS: Crystallized ginger (available at the grocery store) is easy to carry with you and can be chewed if you feel a headache coming on. You can also boil fresh or powdered ginger in water for a soothing tea. Don't like the taste of ginger? Just inhaling the vapor of ginger boiled in water may help!
Migraines on a Plate: A Guide to Holiday Treats

Many foods and beverages commonly linked to migraines are also commonly found at holiday get-togethers. For example, the cheese and meat platter that looks so deliciously festive could wind up triggering a painful migraine sidelines you for hours.

Migraines-and triggers-are different for different people. But a good rule of thumb is to stick to foods that are fresh and free of additives. What specific holiday foods put you at most risk? For our Headache-Free Holidays: 10 Foods to Avoid, click here.

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