Switch to pain-safe foods-cooked vegetables, such as collards, broccoli, chard, and spinach; brown rice; and cooked or dried non-citrus foods.
Completely avoid all common trigger foods. If you feel your migraines have ceased or diminished, try reintroducing the trigger foods one at a time as this will help you assess the effects.
If you feel that above two steps have not diminished your migraine attacks, an elimination diet can surely help you identify whether some unusual trigger is causing the problem.
Minimize even mild hormonal shifts by avoiding all animal products, drastically reduce the use of vegetable oils, and take plenty of high-fiber beans, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
Also, try these supplements after consultation with your doctor:
- Ginger- 1-2 grams (1/2-1 teaspoon) of freshly powdered ginger per day
- Feverfew- 200 mg (or two to three fresh leaves)
- Calcium- It’s important to reduce calcium losses by avoiding all animal protein, excess sodium and sugar, tobacco and caffeine. You can take 1000-1500 mg of elemental calcium per day, with 5 microgram (200 IU) of vitamin D to ensure easy absorption of calcium in your body. Do mild exercises or yoga as physical activity will keep calcium concentrated in your bones.
- Magnesium-300-500 mg of magnesium per day (food plus supplements) or 150 mg per day as elemental calcium alone
If a Migraine Hits, Try The Following:
- Quickly lie down in a dark room, and try to sleep if you can. You can massage the blood vessels at the temple, and use hot or cold compresses
- Although caffeine is a migraine trigger for some people, for others it can act as a treatment. You also need to drink one to two cups of strong coffee immediately at the first sign of an attack
- Fresh powdered ginger, 400-500 mg (about ¼ teaspoon) in a small glass of water can be helpful in anecdotal reports. You can repeat it every few hours, up to 1.5 grams per day.
- Consume lots of starchy foods, such as potatoes, rice, bread or crackers, but only if you can easily tolerate them. Some migraineurs find that they actually carve for starchy foods during an attack and that digging into crackers, toast, potatoes, pasta, or other starchy foods can reduce the nausea or headache, and can even shorten your attack. Only experience can tell if foods will help you in getting lasting migraine relief.
- Try acupuncture and biofeedback as it has been helpful to many.
- Calcium can be used not only to treat migraines, but also prevent them. A research in 2012 reported a care of a women in NY who was able to stop a early migraine by chewing 1000-1400 mg of elemental calcium. However, avoid getting your calcium from yogurt, milk or any other animal source. They can cause more trouble than they are worth.