Are you suffering from chronic headaches and migraines? Functional medicine health practitioner and clinical pharmacist, Dr. Meg Mill shares how you can find relief from these and increase your productivity and energy to enjoy life again.
You can find all the info and links about this episode at https://holisticwellness.ca/episode183.
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Topics Discussed in This Episode:
- How a functional medicine practitioner would approach treating headaches vs somebody in the conventional field
- The difference between a migraine and a headache
- Hormonal migraines and ovulation
- Why you get headaches during your period
- Stress and the role that cortisol plays in hormonal changes and fluctuations
- The role of nutrition and foods that can trigger headaches and migraines
- Finding relief from headaches and migraines and how essential oils can be helpful
- Supplementing with magnesium, tracking sleep with the Oura Ring, and how sleep plays a role when it comes to headaches and migraines
- In the conventional space, how headaches are currently being treated is that we’re putting on medications that just mask the pain rather than digging into why we’re actually getting the headaches. In the functional space, we’re actually flipping that model and looking at the imbalances that are going on in the body and digging into what’s triggering the headache.
- Headache can be a symptom of food sensitivity.
- Pain is an independent stressor on the body, and when we’re stressed, our cortisol levels go high. When we get high cortisol levels, we release prolactin, which increases pain sensitivity. So we end up in this cycle of pain where the pain we’re experiencing causes the stress, which causes the pain.
- Drinking too much caffeine can be a big trigger for a rebound headache.
- There is a tie with magnesium deficiency and people with chronic headaches.
- Do your own detective work to find out which foods can trigger a headache for you. Print out a blank calendar, and then when you get a headache, write down everything you ate that day and the day before.
- Test for food sensitivities.
- Test your hormones to make sure they’re balanced.
- Work on staying hydrated.
- Prioritize getting enough good quality sleep.
Dr. Meg Mill said:
“Pain is an independent stressor on the body. When we think about stress, we’re thinking about our to-do list and we’re busy, and most of us have a lot of stress in that regard… but then when you’re in pain, you actually have another physiological stressor on your body.”
“[Headaches have] become normalized. People think that it’s okay and normal… [That] really made me want to reach more people and [help them] realize you don’t have to suffer and live with headaches forever.”
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