Cucumber Watermelon Refresher

Prep time: 10 minutes Total time: 15 minutes Difficulty: easy Just in time for summer this cucumber, watermelon refresher drink is a perfect healthy companion for your summer pool and lake trips! Ingredients 16 oz Lime sparkling water 2 Cucumbers, sliced 1/4 Watermelon, diced 1 Lime, sliced Cubed ice, as desired Directions Dice watermelon, peelContinue reading “Cucumber Watermelon Refresher”

Migraine-Friendly Ginger Turmeric Tonic

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes Difficulty: moderate Serves: 3 The infamous ginger turmeric tonic! This drink is perfect to keep in the fridge for daily use and can help keep levels of inflammation low. Ginger and turmeric are both powerful antioxidants with the potential to lower pain levels, and this drink containsContinue reading “Migraine-Friendly Ginger Turmeric Tonic”

Master List of Migraine Research Articles

For those of you interested in learning more about migraine, the gut-brain connection, supplements, and more! How to look up an article – you can simply click on the url at the end of the citation (the “doi”) and google it! You can also try googling the article’s title. For best results, use https://scholar.google.com/ GeneralContinue reading “Master List of Migraine Research Articles”

Caffeine

What is it?: a natural chemical that acts as a central nervous system stimulant Where is it?: coffee, chocolate, sodas, some pain relieves like Excedrine Is it a common trigger?: yes – and a common treatment! The Basics Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant and has multiple effects on your body and mind. It causes alertness, whichContinue reading “Caffeine”

Adverse Food Reactions

There are a lot of terms out there for abnormal reactions to food – food allergies, food intolerances, food triggers, and food sensitivities. So what’s the difference? Food Allergy A food allergy is probably the most well-known food reaction but is also the least common – and most dangerous. When you eat a food you’re allergicContinue reading “Adverse Food Reactions”

Tyramine

What is it?: a natural chemical produced when foods are aged or ripened Where is it?: fermented, aged, cured, and overripe foods Is it a common trigger?: probably not! The Basics Tyramine is a natural food chemical widely thought of as a common migraine trigger. It’s a result of the breakdown of tyrosine, an amino acid naturally foundContinue reading “Tyramine”

Evaluating Food Trigger Science

How do we figure out if a food is a “common trigger”? The science behind food triggers is always tricky. We all have our own unique chemistry that determines our personal triggers. Factors that influence how we react to food include: Our ability to digest and absorb food The composition of our gut bacteria Genetic mutationsContinue reading “Evaluating Food Trigger Science”

MSG

What is it?: a food additive derived from glutamate, an amino acid Where is it?: packaged foods, Asian dishes Is it a common trigger?: probably not (hear me out!) The Basics MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is a food additive commonly found in Asian dishes and prepackaged foods. It’s known for its distinctive umami flavor and has long been thought ofContinue reading “MSG”

The 3 (Sometimes 4) Phases of Migraine

Migraine is more than just the episode itself – it’s surrounded by a series of warning signs, called the Prodrome, an optional Aura, and a hangover, called the Postdrome. It is not uncommon for someone with chronic or near-chronic migraine to be constantly affected by at least one of these phases, making it extremely difficult to experience aContinue reading “The 3 (Sometimes 4) Phases of Migraine”

Finding a Headache Specialist

If you’ve reached the point where your primary care physician is unable to help you manage your migraine, the most appropriate next step is to look for a headache specialist or other doctor who specializes in migraine disorders. Headache Specialists The American Migraine Foundation has a fantastic tool that allows you to find a qualified HeadacheContinue reading “Finding a Headache Specialist”