Migraines and Minerals
In the US more than 37 million people suffer from migraines while an additional 2 to 3 million endure these types of symptoms chronically. Some studies estimate that 13% of the U.S population experience migraines.
Migraines are HORRIFIC - I struggled with them for years. I was on 3 separate migraine medications and still got migraines almost weekly. If this is you - I want you to know there is hope. I no longer get migraines or take migraine medication and I have helped dozens of women reduce or completely get rid of their headaches and migraines. Keep reading to see how you can relieve your migraines.
Migraines and headaches are a symptom.
No amount of Advil, Excedrin or Nortriptyline will address an underlying imbalance.
Some factors that may contribute to migraines are:
Sluggish Metabolism / Hypothyroid
Bio unavailable copper OR copper excess / toxicity
Blood Sugar Dysregulation (hypoglycemia)
Low Potassium & Sodium (usually caused by chronic stress)
Inflammatory Foods (void of nutrients and deplete minerals)
Magnesium levels are depleted by stress, alcohol use, high estrogen levels, low progesterone, caffeine, sugar, certain drugs, hyperthyroidism and more.
There are dozens of studies linking low magnesium levels to both migraines and tension headaches. One of the functions of magnesium in the body is to maintain vascular tone and prevent neuronal hyper-excitation.
Low brain and tissue magnesium have been found in individuals with migraines. Most cases of magnesium deficiency goes unnoticed because doctors rely on serum (blood) magnesium levels. Most of the body's magnesium is intracellular (inside the cell), and blood is homeostatic, so serum levels cannot be relied on for magnesium status.
In a study of 40 patients with acute migraines, administration of IV magnesium reduced pain by 50% or more.
"Magnesium (Mg) is a necessary ion for human body and has a crucial role in health and life maintenance. One of the main roles of Mg is to conserve neurons electric potential. Therefore, magnesium deficiency can cause neurological complications. Migraine is usually related to low amounts of Mg in serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Deficits in magnesium have significant role in the pathogenesis of migraine. Mg has been extensively used in migraine prophylaxis and treatment." (1)
"Dietary factors are frequently cited as 'triggers' of migraine and other types of headache. A review of the literature indicates that two specific dietary factors frequently induce headache: fasting and the relatively mild reactive hypoglycemia that can follow large carbohydrate ingestions. The maintenance of serum glucose levels to supply the energy for the nervous system is a primary responsibility of the sympathetic nervous system. It is suggested that migraine and other headache attacks may, at least in part, result from or be exacerbated by the sympathetic nervous system activation required to provide a steady supply of serum glucose for brain energy needs. Dietary patterns that provide a steady source of serum glucose, while minimizing serum glucose fluctuations, are hypothesized to help prevent and/or treat migraine and other headache attacks." (2)
Top Functional Labs for Migraines:
- Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
- Full Thyroid Panel
- GI Stool Map
- Iodine Loading Test
- DUTCH Hormone Test
Action Steps To Take NOW to relieve your migraines:
Eat ENOUGH nourishing foods (focus on nutrient dense foods and ditch the junk / inflammatory foods)
- Work to regulate stress and nourish your adrenals with adrenal cocktails (OJ, Coconut Water, Collagen, Sea Salt)
- Try some nutrient powerhouse foods like grass fed beef liver, bone broth, sea salt and gelatin
- Try adding in magnesium supplements AFTER you have done adrenal cocktails for at least a week
- Consider functional labs to get to the root cause(s) of your migraines
(1) Dolati, S., Rikhtegar, R., Mehdizadeh, A., & Yousefi, M. (2020). The Role of Magnesium in Pathophysiology and Migraine Treatment. Biological trace element research, 196(2), 375–383. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12011-019-01931-z
(2) Hufnagl, K. N., & Peroutka, S. J. (2002). Glucose regulation in headache: implications for dietary management. Expert review of neurotherapeutics, 2(3), 311–317. https://doi.org/10.1586/1473718.104.22.1681
Magnesium in the Central Nervous System by Robert Vink
Iodine and Why You Need It By Dr. David Brownstein