MIGRAINES…Where are they coming from?


Migraines are experienced by millions and affect children, teens and adults.

No one is exempt from this painful annoyance, and the questions we must be asking ourselves is not how do we treat a migraine, but what is causing them?

One of my past clients suffered terribly from the “migraine nightmare”! Was it a food allergy, an intolerance or stress? My response is always to assure each client that the problem may not be in their head at all. The root cause may be coming from the foods they ingest and the lifestyle they live! Each person who experiences body pain or disease may have similar symptom, but I assure you that each trigger can be completely different. This is what we call “bio-individuality”; one person’s food is another person’s poison!


Food Sensitivities: Migraines can definitely be related to allergies or intolerances. The objective is to be aware of its arrival. Many people notice a trigger when they are eating eggs, dairy, nuts…some with barley, rye, lemons or caffeine. These are all highly sensitive foods for many people. The cure is to pay attention to when a migraine or intolerance is triggered and once identified we begin the elimination process to find the enemy.

bread glutenGluten: is a specific food allergy that creates inflammation. It is talked about in every paper and so many products are now designated as gluten free. But people who are sensitive to gluten, the protein found in wheat, barley, rye, oats, and spelt, are still not aware that this might be the problem causing the migraine. Again, this is time to take notice if you are eating products with these ingredients and eliminate them one at a time.

Hormones: Many women get premenstrual migraines, which are often caused by imbalances such as too much estrogen or not enough progesterone. Attributed causes can be stress, alcohol, sugar, flour, and starches; and not getting enough exercise or sleep.

Vitamin B deficiency can cause migraines. People who don’t get enough riboflavin can add this supplement to their routine.

Magnesium deficiency can often cause headaches and migraines. Depending on the severity and occurrence of your migraines, magnesium can help. It’s important to look at other things going on and in your body. Remember if your body is not sound or not feeling well it can be disguised as pain but can be caused by food of lifestyle.


1. Do an add/elimination test. Get rid of the common food allergens listed above by removing one item at a time starting with sugar. Add a daily meditation or yoga class by finding a local center, a dvd or book and just do it!

2. Try Magnesium. Take 300 to 600 milligrams twice a day in the form of magnesium glycinate or citrate. Consult with your local health food store.

3. Try Riboflavin or vitamin B2, 400 milligrams a day. It will turn your urine a dark yellow, but don’t worry about it. Or just eat more whole grains, bananas or lentils and beans.
Heart-fruits-and-vegetables4. Balance your hormones to stop premenstrual migraines by exercising, eliminating caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and eating a diet rich in plant foods, especially the broccoli family, flax seeds, tofu and lots of other green vegetables and fruits.


IF you have an issue with migraines, or just want to consult on your overall nutrition, weight loss and lifestyle goals, please feel free to contact me for a complimentary 50 minutes health history session at nancy@fearlessflame.com

1 Comment
  • Nancy
    Posted at 09:41h, 31 January Reply

    Great topic! My son is now 11, he started suffering from migraines as young as 5. I started a journal for him. With each headache, I wrote down what he had eaten, his sleep, his routine, the weather, anything I could think of. The summer he was 7 years old, he had 10 migraines, 7 of them we noticed was when he had eaten cinnamon, so we promptly eliminated that. We’ve also learned sleep is very important to him, and chocolate was not favourable for him. We started the vitamin B2 regimen (400mg/day) and cut out the cinnamon, MSG, chocolates and caffeine (not that he had any but we are now aware). This made such a huge improvement for him. I am also since taken him to see an osteopath who specializes in children with migraines, huge success. His migraines are so very rare now, I am so happy for him. I strongly suggest tracking your headaches to help determine what your triggers may be.

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