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Your Migraine May Come From Vitamin Deficiency, Study Finds

Your Migraine May Come From Vitamin Deficiency, Study Finds

Only people who have had a migraine know how excruciating they can be. Having had migraines for many years, I can relate to fellow migraine sufferers! You try to monitor the weather, or what you eat, drink and smell to ward off any potential pain. You have tried every painkiller out there, and probably have only found that a couple of them work, some of the time. You know what it is like to have the slightest bit of light to cause you agony.

Migraines can appear in many forms; some people experience less pain and more light sensitivity, some get very dizzy and cannot see well, while others have intense pain and nausea, and usually throw up after they attempt to eat or drink anything, including migraine medication. Either way, migraines are not a pleasant experience, and people who get them are always on the lookout for new findings of potential causes and cures. Scientists have recently discovered that vitamin deficiency is one of the causes for migraines, which may alleviate chronic migraines for some people when catered to. Here is what you need to know:

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Vitamin Deficiencies that Cause Migraines

In the most recent study, scientists found that children, teenagers and young adults who suffered from migraines were all lacking in either vitamin D, riboflavin or coenzyme Q10. Vitamin deficiencies can cause a number of ailments, including nerve damage from a lack of vitamin B12, so it is no surprise that migraines could be caused by a lack of these vitamins. Many people don’t get enough vitamin D, and in this study, they reported that mostly boys and young men with migraines did not have enough of this vitamin. Girls and young women were mostly found lacking coenzyme Q10, a substance that produces energy and promotes cell growth. Since scientists and doctors do not have all the answers for the cause of migraines, there are still many questions about this, and other studies too, but it is always worth their while for migraine sufferers to find a potential “cure.”

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What To Do:

Before taking any supplements, it is important to talk to your doctor. Even though vitamins are natural, they can still cause reactions to other medication you may be taking, so make an appointment to talk about this study with your doctor. You can also request a blood test to look for these and other vitamin deficiencies. Once you get your test results, you can decide on how to proceed. Make sure you ask your doctor what the actual numbers are on the blood test because sometimes doctors will tell you that your numbers are normal, but normal can be a matter of opinion. If you are in the normal range, but on the low side, you can ask your doctor if taking these vitamin supplements for a while will hurt. If your doctor gives you the green light, try taking more of what you are deficient in and see if it results in lesser migraines.

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What To Do If It Doesn’t Work:

Since migraines can be caused by many different factors, it is wise to keep an eye on other potential causes of migraines. While the vitamin supplements can help, they may not completely take away your pain because your migraines can come from more than one source. They can be caused by:

  • Weather changes
  • Growth hormones in beef
  • Dairy products
  • Caffeine
  • MSG
  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Alcohol
  • Nitrates
  • Scents and many more

When trying the vitamin supplements, keep a journal and track everything you eat and drink, weather changes, sleep patterns, stress levels, and anything else you think may be contributing to your migraines. Keep this for at least a month, and you can bring it to your doctor to discuss treatment options.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

    Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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