What do migraines look like?
Those who experience migraines understand that migraines are different from simple headaches. For me, my migraine usually attacks my mornings as I feel a mild, sometimes severe, throbbing pain on the left side of my head. Others have said that they also see flashes of light, feel nauseous, or develop sensitivity to sound or light. It seems that not only do migraines cause pain but also other effects. To combat these random attacks, my doctor and I have tried many medications. From these journeys of discovering the ‘perfect’ regimen, I have a clear appreciation that migraines have complex causes. The primary theory is that poor blood flow to the brain is the culprit. However, there are many reasons that affect this unfavorable change in blood flow. So, because of these complex reasons for migraines, there are those like me who look for more than prescriptions on top of recognizing a more individualized answer to preventing migraine pains.
How to deal with migraines?
First, I included yoga. Yoga allows my mind to keep calm as well as triggering overall wellness by including a consistent amount of exercise that I can tolerate. Next, I looked for alternate theories that can explain the root cause of my migraine. During my exploration, I discovered that migraines can be triggered at a cellular level. Our brain requires a great amount of energy playing an active role as the control center of our body. Within our cells, the mitochondria takes a special part in producing cellular energy that the rest of the body system utilizes to do what it needs to do. Some say that low mitochondrial function can lead to low energy input to the brain which can lead to migraine attacks. Also, defective mitochondria can increase the level of free radicals otherwise known as substances that can damage cells. Therefore, mitochondria support seems necessary to maintain the level of energy our brain requires.
The best advise
In addition to my prescribed medications, I looked for natural remedies. So, for mitochondrial support, one of the mitochondria supplements that I worked for me is Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 helps the mitochondria convert essential nutrients into energy. It is known as an energy transporter within the mitochondria and can also act as an antioxidant. Normally, our body produces the enzyme naturally but it can also be gained through foods like fish, meat, and whole grains. Also, there are many easily accessible forms of CoenzymeQ10 supplements as well. Please note that by no means this supplement is the magic solution. I have discussed all the options with my provider and discovered that Coenzyme Q10 supplements can help me. All in all, we are still figuring out the exact cause of migraines. Migraines come in so many different forms and pinpointing one solution for all can be challenging. So, adjusting your lifestyle as well as adding on natural remedies with traditional medications can strengthen your fight against the effects of migraines.
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