Migraines and Your Gut Health

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According to statistics, more than 37 million people suffer from migraines and 2-3 million are chronic sufferers.  Those who experience them are more likely to miss work or can’t function n.  The most symptoms are throbbing pain, light and sound sensitivity, nausea and blurred vision.  According to the World Health Organization, those who suffer from migraines use twice the amount of prescription drugs and visit the emergency room or doctors twice as often as though who don’t have the disorder.  Diet, stress and lack of sleep are proven triggers, and hormones may also play a role.

According to recent studies, gut bacteria could be the cause of migraines.  It is widely known that the gut and brain are closely interconnected.  They communicate so intently that the brain affects the health of the gut and vice versa.

Those who suffer from migraines have a different mix of gut bacteria that may make them more sensitive to certain foods.  Research shows that migraine sufferers have higher levels of bacteria that process nitrates.  Nitrates are found in processed meats, wine and leafy vegetables.  Migraines may be triggered when the nitrates in foods are broken down too efficiently, causing vessels in the brain to expound.

Though more research is needed, there are several things you can do to you can do to ensure your gut health and well-being.  These include: adding probiotics to your diet, avoiding overuse of antibiotics, eating less refined sugar and managing stress levels.

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