A Holistic Migraine Cure: no food additives
What is This Fuzziness I Feel in My Head?
Before finding this holistic cure for migraine headaches this is how things would go:
About 30 years ago once in a while I would have an "allergy headache". I would go to the ocean and it would dissipate.
Then a few months later I would get a another allergy headache and again I would take the afternoon off and go to the ocean or up to the mountains.
Either way my head felt a lot better.better breathing the ocean air or breathing the fresh mountain air often filled with aroma of flowers or pine trees.
This hub is being written while I think and "feel back" to a time when I had headaches. This hub is not meant to be a work of art, but a description of what fixed my problem. As I write it though the pain comes back in my memory, even through these fingers I am using for typing.
After a few years these headaches became excruciating three day events happening twice a month. An MD prescribed a drug for me but I didn't like how I felt so I stopped taking it. Besides, I wanted a holistic cure for these migraine headaches.
Before going on to the simplest of holistic solutions responsible for curing my migraines, I spent thousands on acupuncture, chiropractic visits, doctors,and yoga. I bought books on stress, relaxation, medication,and energy release.
I bought kits containing special herbal remedies "made especially" for migraine relief, electrical boxes with handles that were supposed to run an electical current through my body, while I slept on wire mats designed "to help the energy flow."
I did massage, exercises, took over the counter pills, and learned homeopathy. NOTHING worked.
Starting on the Healing Path
I was feeling like a failure because I was so sick with headaches so often. I thought I was eating wisely, and in a healthy manner, but it wasn't working. One day I went to the health food store and told them I wanted to know "about those diets people who have cancer are on".
That day I purchased books on natural healing diets and went home and started making juices in the blender and drinking these twice a day. One recipe said to use one clove of garlic, and not knowing how much a clove was, I put the whole garlic in the blender, and and drank it down. Yuck..... I thought....it's a small price If this garlic bulb can get rid of these headaches....it will be worth it.
Sigh...I still got the headaches.... and recorded them in a log keeping track of foods, weather, smells, you name it. There had to be a food relationship in here somewhere as some days my vision was blurry and my neck was stiff and it seemed connected to canned products--- canned tomato products were a particulat culprit and I noticed that last ingredient in canned tomato products was usually labelled "citric acid"...
I noticed citric acid was included in many of the canned foods that seemed to give me problems.
The Final Journey to a Holistic Cure for Migraine Headaches
I eliminated all additives in my diet. This is/was not easy. The easiest way to eliminate additives was by going on an almost all RAW FOOD DIET
. This meant no canned foods. This cleared up the blurred vision, which I traced to canned products containing a variety of additives. The ones that blurred my vision, or caused my eyes to burn, contained citric acid or hydrolyzed soy protein, protein hydrolysate, yeast extract, or the MOST ominous one: "NATURAL FLAVORS".
Watch out for the "natural flavors" one because it comes in a lot of packaged foods and it sounds so innocent and caused me some of the worst headaches.
I learned synthetic citric acid gives a byproduct of monosodium glutamate (MSG) in the manufacturing process. That was helpful information as I knew MSG gave me blurred vision.
The foods with NATURAL FLAVORS always sounded, so appealing....and I would be suckered....a headache was usually my reward for eating any foods with NATURAL FLAVORS! My motto became: if they don't tell you SPECIFICALLY what's in it, I am not going to buy it or eat it.
I was feeling a lot better on the raw food diet but knowing my diet was dependent upon obtaining nutrients from our depleted soil, I started on a multi-vitamin with minerals including a vitamiin B complex.
I stress a lot over a lot of things, and B complex really stabilizes my thoughts. After 8 months being on the combination of raw foods and vitamin/mineral supplements only one migraine headache occurred in the last 6 months and it was manageable. I am pretty sure I got it because I started being arrogant and went off my vitamins/mineral complex.
I eat no additives....well....this past week I had pizza and got the blurred vision....and I learned the pizza-maker used canned tomato sauce, which undoubtely contains the dreaded citric acid.
It is not easy going out to eat with friends. I avoid foods and places that I think or know use additives....I recommend El Pollo Loco, as they make their food fresh..I avoid buffet salad bar salad dressings and select the raw salad vegetables and try to locate the oil and vinegar dressing......
..I snack on raw foods.....Trader Joe's is super for raw cashews, and raw mixed nuts, and popcorn made with olive oil. I can't believe all I had to do was eliminate additives and take a multiple vitamin/mineral each day. I do not take any drugs and don't need them.
I hope my story will help others. Those headaches lasted for 25 years and caused me so much shame. The solution was super simple. Let me know if this helps someone and please tell us what else you do to minimized the migraine curse.