This week on the blog I am focusing on a topic that comes up time and time again in my Facebook group and virtualclass, and that’s headaches.
Headaches during menopause are very common and can sadly incapacitate the women who experience them. I so commonly get asked for help with this awful symptom, and sometimes women who take Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) find that their migraine headaches get worse.
There are lots of things that you can do to help yourself with headaches,
And as always, here’s your cheat sheet summary
- Change your diet: There are certain things in our diet that can make our headaches and our migraines worse. You must make sure that you're eating wholesome food little and often. My advice is to take out things like cheese, chocolate, pickled food, citrus fruit, we call these amine foods and they can make headaches worse.
- Include ginger in your diet: Ginger helps to reduce inflammation and is a wonderful natural remedy for headaches and migraines. Try chopping up some root ginger and putting it into some hot water with some herb tea, or you can chop it and use it in a stir-fry. You can even choose some crystallised ginger as well as that'll give you a little sweet fix too.
- Take natural herbs: Feverfew is a herb that's been shown to help to reduce headaches, migraines in particular so give that a go.
- Relaxation: I recommend everybody should try to do a session of relaxation every day. If you've got a headache or you feel a headache coming on, take yourself into a quiet dark room and just lay down for half an hour, maybe use the Pzizz app to get yourself into a deep relaxed state.
- Exercise: It may be the last thing you want to do when you have a headache but if you feel like you can, go out and take a walk or do some aerobic exercise. This will keep your brain well oxygenated, keep the blood flowing, and you'll find that you will feel so much better after getting some fresh air.
- Self-help therapy: Acupressure is great for relieving headaches. There are acupressure points on your forehead that you can just press to help relieve your headache. You can also go and have a massage or try to do a head massage yourself. If you get headaches regularly I’m also a great fan of Acupuncture.
If you haven't tried any of these tips, give them a go one by one and see what suits you the best.
I would love to hear about what works for you, so join my Facebook group and leave a comment.
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