Anywhere from 2 to 12.5 million people are experiencing a migraine at this very instant. Sounds unbelievable? It’s true!
Migraine sufferers live in all corners of world, but are represented disproportionately by women. Nearly 75% of chronic migraine sufferers are women!
A hidden hormone imbalance can make you more likely to experience migraines and with the undulating hormone cycles in a woman’s month and lifetime – we seem to suffer with out of whack hormones more frequently.
As you probably know, the little messengers we call hormones are produced and secreted by various endocrine glands within our bodies to regulate a large number of bodily functions and organs.
Hormones secreted by the pituitary, the thyroid, the adrenal glands, the pancreas and the sex glands may all result in migraines.
If you suffer from migraines due to hormonal imbalance, there are things you can do right away to help:
- Test your hormones for imbalances in estrogen/progesterone as well as your adrenal.
- Follow the right diet: Eliminate processed foods, sugar, caffeine and alcohol for about 90 days, and you will very likely notice a significant change in your migraine symptoms.
- Consider taking nutritional supplements: Once you have a better understanding of your hidden causes in your hormone & digestive systems, you can take supplements such as magnesium or bio-available B vitamins, to eliminate nutritional deficiencies that are causing your migraines.
- Avoid stress when you are most sensitive to it: Mental/emotional stress can directly cause your migraine headaches.
- Find ways of proactively coping with PMS-related mood fluctuations. You can do this by yoga, meditation, and exercise.
- Assess Your Medications: Investigate the known side-effects of any medications that you are taking and talk to your doctor if you think they are contributing to hormone imbalances.