Cucumber: A Natural Migraine Relief

Migraine is a condition that involves headache that causes a very painful pulsing or throbbing in one area of the head (1). It may possibly run in families with children and adults known to have them (2). Some reasons behind it are flashing lights, menstrual period, smoking, loud noises, strong smells, medication and getting poor sleep.

Cucumber And Migraines

Keeping our body hydrated is important for our health. To name a few, symptoms of dehydration include headaches and migraines, as well as skin, irritability, lack of concentration and dizziness. Drinking enough amount of water and eating hydrating foods can help supply our body the needed amount of fluid (3).

When it comes to combatting a dehydration caused headache, cucumber is a must try vegetable. It holds a lot of water (about 96%), and can be refreshing on a hot day. Aside from this, it also contains a number of nutrients which are great for our body (4).

Present in cucumbers are vitamins and minerals including potassium and magnesium (5).

Magnesium can help prevent blood vessel spasms that could possibly trigger migraine (6). Low magnesium levels have been linked to headaches and migraines. A study showed that regular intake of magnesium reduced the frequency of migraine attacks by 41.6 percent. In a separate study, researchers found that taking magnesium supplements daily can be effective at preventing menstrual-related migraines (7).

Have this fresh headache fighting food at all times of the day. Eat cucumbers with salt and pepper, with salads or with a favorite dressing. We can also add lemon or lime juice with chili powder to enjoy additional benefits.

Tips To Prevent Migraines

  • Eliminating coffee and processed foods high in nitrites or monosodium glutamate
  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Include omega 3 acid in your diet
  • Downsize stress
  • Get regular shut-eye
  • Consume the same amount of caffeine ever day or none at all

Sources:

  1. https://www.livestrong.com/article/506279-potassium-migraines/
  2. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/322814?fbclid=IwAR2F3bja2h8M5RXgJD9fWFHo3lLShW6hJKDo0o7kZ3p5_FwWY–c6uHQ-eo
  3. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/826027/headache-cure-migraine-treatment-symptoms-hydration/amp
  4. https://www.lehighcenter.com/lifestyle/foods-for-migraine-relief/
  5. https://www.webmd.com/diet/ss/slideshow-why-cucumbers-are-good-for-you
  6. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wideopeneats.com/8-foods-help-migraine-headaches/amp/
  7. https://www.healthline.com/health/magnesium-for-migraines#magnesium-and-migraines

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