Yummy tummy, happy head!

We know good gut bacteria blast stress hormones and reduce anxiety (in mice, and humans) and that happy tummies have numerous health benefits.
 
But how can we boost our bacteria and create the right environment for the tiny wriggly things?
 
One test showed adding simple foods to your diet was better than expensive supplements!
 
Drinking kefir was shown to be the best way to gain healthy bacteria, whereas eating prebiotic foods allowed a framework for them to thrive.
 
Prebiotic foods can be Jerusalem artichokes, chicory root, onions, garlic and leeks.
 
Great news! I’m skipping Holland and Barrett and heading to Waitrose….
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Did you know this about migraines?

70% of migraines canactually be prevented by balancing lifestyle factors such as:

  • Eating enough food, especially at breakfast (skipping a good complex carb breakfast is a very common migraine trigger)*.
  • Keeping well hydrated.
  • Getting enough sleep. Maintaining routine patterns of sleep is also important.
  • Maintaing your muscle and joints. Neck and head pain are triggers to migraine so get them sorted with your chiropractor, osteopath or physiotherapist.
  • Being extra vigilant when other stressors come along, such as in times of high levels of stress, emotion or hormonal changes (especially for women).

Other environmental triggers include; bright lights, over exertion, travel and weather changes. Or basically all of the above when flying from Gatwick!

Here’s the best bit! Migraines actually initiate 2-3 days before their symptoms manifest therefore sensitivity to consuming dark chocolate, cheese and red wine is usually an effect not a cause!

Be careful with your medication, migraine sufferers are susceptible to develop medication overuse headaches (MOH) which will eventually give you headaches when there isn’t one.

Alex Horne Chiropractic, not just a pain in the neck. For more info please get in touch.

*Migraine onset has been linked to a delicate balance of blood sugar levels so food intake is very important.

NB: Information gleaned from the fantastic seminar at the National Migraine Centre, Clerkenwell. Thanks guys!