Almost everyone has felt some pain in the head. It is not a pleasant feeling. Migraines are more serious than the ordinary headaches. It is hard to say what can be worse – high blood pressure like you saw in the previous article here or this excruciating pain. Always something deeper causes them. Functional medicine is one of the ways to do it. And I also have to admit – sometimes the only way for certain people to have a long-term solution.
What causes migraines?
Functional medicine can help to understand what triggers migraines and how to have the best treatment. Many doctors look for headache symptoms that don’t help for the underlying cause. The cause might not be the head. Different people might have some other root problem, here are some of the most common ones that I have seen numerous times with my patients:
- Food sensitivity– surprisingly enough, many people might not even be aware of the fact that they have a sensitivity to some food. It can be dairy products, eggs, peanuts, sweets or anything else.
- Hormonal imbalance – this seems to be a skyrocketing problem in many women. It is very common for those who are close to their period. Premenstrual migraines are nothing new (and this is just one of the migraine types). The main reasons for that are such hormone imbalance like estrogen and progesterone. It is possible that the body is secreting too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. Numerous triggers exist in nowadays world like stress, alcohol consumption, eating too many flour products, etc.
- Vitamin B deficiency – this is also not something new, because in many cases people who don’t have enough riboflavin have migraines. The good thing is that supplements such as Balance 12 can help in case there is a serious lack of something and switching to the necessary foods don’t give enough results.
- Problems with gluten – this might include allergy that causes severe inflammation. The problem is that this protein is in numerous foods such as wheat, rye, oats, barley.
Approach to improve migraines differs for each person, as causes can be various. It is especially important to look for help if a person experiences regular migraines. Functional medicine always has some tricks in the hand that are less invasive than some aggressive medicine with further negative effects on the body. Up next, let’s look closer at headaches.