Severe Headaches and Migraines
Headaches can be severe, chronic (frequently occurring), or migraine. In addition to the pain, you may experience sensitivity to light and sound. You may also have nausea or be irritable.
Headaches are a very common problem:
- 45 million Americans get chronic headaches
- 20 million are women
- 28 million Americans suffer from migraine pain
Like many others, you may have found ways to temporarily control or relieve your headaches with natural headache treatments, medications, or other treatments for migraines, but discovered that they keep coming back – and what’s worse, you don’t know when they will strike, ruining your workday or your precious free time.
Here's the Connection...
A person’s brain chemistry (neurotransmitters) falls into two categories: excitatory (stimulating) or inhibitory (calming). For a brain to function properly there must be a balance between these two types of neurotransmitters. And when an imbalance in neurotransmitters exists, headaches or migraines can occur.
What can cause this imbalance?
- Genetics - Many individuals are born with a propensity to have more excitatory neurotransmitters than inhibitory.
- Stress, Pain, Lack of Sleep, and Medications - These factors further deplete already low inhibitory neurotransmitters, so the imbalance continues to get worse.
- Hormones - The endocrine system, which releases our hormones, depends on balanced brain chemistry for proper communications and functioning. Many migraine sufferers can trace their problems back to the onset; frequently, it is when they were teenagers, when testosterone elevates in males and females begin ovulating and cycling.
More about Excitatory and Inhibitory Neurotransmitters...
- Excitatory - Most external input is excitatory in nature, which causes excretion of excitatory neurotransmitters in the brain. Whether it is cell phones ringing, bright lights, or horns honking, these noises and other excitatory input can become less tolerable when serotonin and other inhibitory neurotransmitters are low or inadequate.
- Inhibitory - Increasing the quantity of inhibitory neurotransmitters to balance the inevitable excitatory stimuli has proven to be extremely helpful in reducing the severity and duration of migraines and headaches.
So, how can you get these kinds of results?
As you can see from the preceding information, it is extremely important to have an adequate supply of neurotransmitters, and that the combinations of these important brain chemicals are in the right ratio to effect a change in headaches and migraines.
While certain foods can help, they are not concentrated enough or targeted appropriately to replenish, rebuild, and balance the stores of neurotransmitters necessary to make a difference in headaches and migraines. And, since your brain chemistry is as unique as you are, however you choose to supplement, it must be perfect for your particular imbalances.