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Article by Sarah Hamilton-Walker | 1st September 2018

Migraine Awareness Week 2018

Migraine Awareness Week runs from 2nd-8th September this year and, according to The Migraine Trust, 3,000 migraine attacks occur every day for each million of the general population, which equates to more than 190,000 migraine attacks every day in the UK.

For those of us who suffer from migraines, you will know all too well that it is more than just a dull headache! Often migraines strike without warning and can cause the likes of visual disturbances, dizziness and even vomiting.

“Recent research by the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) in the USA has shown that those with lower levels of magnesium can experience a greater frequency of migraines. An increased magnesium intake can reduce attacks by up to 41.6%. Magnesium rich foods include:

• Dark green leafy vegetables
• Nuts & seeds • Fish • Beans
• Wholegrains • Avocado

“Yet, many of us live hectic, stressful lives and are more exposed to environmental and food toxins, which can make us more prone to a magnesium deficiency.

“To make sure you’re getting your daily dose, try taking Natures Plus KalmAssure Magnesium Capsules (£11.75, www.naturesplus.co.uk), which are easily absorbed and delivered to the tissues,” advises top nutritionist Cassandra Barns.

Stay hydrated - Water transports nutrients to where they are needed in the body and removes toxins, waste products and dead cells, which are produced in higher quantities when there is inflammation. Stay hydrated with herbal teas, water and coconut water. Your body is made up of approximately 70% water and this is involved in every bodily process, including blood circulation.

Up your Omega 3 - If you regularly suffer with migraines it is important to stock up on an Omega 3 supplement as it can help reduce inflammation within the brain. Tunbridge Wells-based Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading nutritionist, explains: “Omega 3s are powerful anti-inflammatories and they are important for controlling inflammation anywhere in the body.”

These healthy oils can also help to decrease the duration and severity of migraines. They are an effective natural anti-inflammatory, which can help to reduce blood vessel inflammation within the brain. Omega 3 is found in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel, as well as nuts and flaxseeds.

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