Triggers a Migraine?
Triggers. Knowing what triggers your migraines and understanding
why can help eliminate some of the migraines you suffer from. Unfortunately,
there are both external and internal triggers that cause migraines
which makes it virtually impossible to fully eliminate migraines by just trying
to avoid triggers.
cause of migraines is not the same as a migraine trigger. The actual
cause or reason you get migraines, while others do not, is found in the makeup
of your DNA. There are genes in your DNA, now commonly called "migraine
genes,” that make you prone to migraines.
Internal Triggers. Since you have these inherited
genes, certain natural functions of the human body, hormone production for example,
can trigger a migraine. This is one of the internal types of migraine triggers.
Other internal triggers include how the body naturally reacts
to heat, exercise and even weather changes.
External Triggers, on the other hand,
are external things that can bring about a migraine attack. These triggers may
vary for each person and include smells, foods, artificial and
natural ingredients, drinks, prescription drugs, and many of the health fads
such as probiotics. There are also triggers that appear to be universal to all
migraineurs (people who get migraines), for example MSG and red wine.
NO + Tyramine = Migraine. This may
look complicated but it is quite simple. NO (nitric oxide plus tyramine (from
L-tyrosine) will give you a migraine headache. To avoid getting a migraine, don't
elevate the levels of nitric oxide or tyramine in your body.
Eliminating Triggers. Since it is virtually
impossible to eliminate and avoid all types of migraine triggers, the best solution
for a migraine-free life may be found by taking a safe migraine preventive such
Migraine Defense to prevent your migraine from ever happening.
Triggers Can Be Confusing.
Sometimes it is difficult to determine what is triggering your migraines and
that is why we offer free migraine consulting. For example, do you know why you
may wake up at 4 AM with a throbbing migraine? We do. Call 1-866-367-5953 for
migraine consulting or click on the Live Help icon on the upper left
corner of this page.
- Many triggers
are well known and published. Knowing how such things as foods, drinks, heat,
exercise, and weather change can cause migraines is part of our migraine research.
Now that we know why certain things trigger migraines, we can help you quickly
identify these and we have also used this information in the creation of our
Tuliv Migraine Defense migraine prevention product.
New products that trigger migraines are now commonplace in the health world
that tries to promote a new way of healthy living. Probiotics is the prime example
of this. Probiotics products raise the level of nitric oxide in the body and
this triggers migraine headaches. Stay away from probiotics if
you want to avoid migraines.
New health drinks promising a better life, energy, and brain functions often
contain L-tyrosine which triggers migraine headaches. Read labels or
stay away from such health drinks.
Read the following list of things to stay away from in order to avoid migraine
Foods, Drinks and Product to Avoid.
- L-tyrosine and Tyramine and the foods and products that
contain these. L-tyrosine, in its converted form of tyramine. Tyramine is a component
of the chemical formula that causes migraine headaches. Read all labels and never
eat, drink or use (lotions etc.) anything that contains these.
- Nitric Oxide (NO) and products that contain NO or elevate
it will produce a migraine headache. Nitric oxide is produced when the body
digests fermented products, yogurt, cheese and other like things. It is also
what is produced by Viagra and other male enhancement supplements.
Nitric oxide is also the reason people get migraine headaches
after being in the sun
or exercising. NO is used by the body to expand blood vessels to deliver
more blood to areas for cooling and muscle use, after which the remaining excise
NO causes a problem for migraineurs.
- Acidophilus and
products that contain acidophilus turn into nitric oxide when
- Glutamic Acid and how the body response to glutamate has
been getting new attention in migraine research. Products that contain glutamic
acid or used the word glutamate (a form of glutamic acid) in the ingredients,
i.e. MSG and flavor enhancers should be avoid completely.
- MSG is
monosodium glutamate (also known as sodium glutamate),
is a sodium salt that is used as a food additives in many processed foods and
the preparation of Chinese foods. Many times these are marketed
in stores as flavor enhancers. Trade names of monosodium glutamate include Ajinomoto, Vetsin,
- Yogurt, as it can trigger migraines because
it is a high level source of acidophilus. If you eat yogurt
to avoid yeast, consider taking Coral Calcium or our product Tuliv pH Balance
to help balance your pH. Yeast must have an acid environment to grow. Keeping
the body's pH levels in balance may be a way to avoid yeast infections.
- Protein Drinks, bars,
and tablets that contain the amino acid L-tyrosine or claim
to boost Nitric Oxide levels in the body (read labels carefully).
- Probiotics - although
it may be beneficial for many, its can certainly introduces problems for migraineurs
because it can increase Nitric Oxide levels in the body and some may
- Colon and other cleansing therapies that use acidophilus
and other such ingredients that often trigger migraines because they can elevate
the nitric oxide level.
Sunless Self Tan Products, especially those that
- Artificial sweeteners.
- All "diet" products and beverages, as these
most often use an artificial sweetener; this includes almost every product
that uses the word "diet".
New health products should be approached
with extreme caution as they can easily disrupt the balance of your system and
Exercise, Heat, and Sun - Exercise and heat can cause the body
to produce excess amounts of nitric oxide. This is the reason why being in the
sun often precedes the onset of a migraine. Try to keep your body cool and do
a slow warm up before exercising.
Products to Avoid
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- Resveratrol which is basically the same thing
that is contained in red wine except the concentration is much
higher and as we know, red wine can easily trigger migraine headaches. One of
the reported side effects of resveratrol is headaches for even those who do not
get migraines. Many report getting headaches within a day or two of first taking
resveratrol. The reason why resveratrol triggers migraines is because it promotes
vasodilation by enhancing the production of a naturally occurring substance in
the body called nitric oxide. If you have been following the migraine research
of Tuliv, you have seen that nitric oxide is one of the most prominent factors
involved in a migraine headache. Our recommendation is to avoid Resveratrol.
Coffee and other Caffeine Drinks.
Our migraine research
at Tuliv has found that caffeine itself when consumed as a single event once
or twice a day does not make any significant difference in the migraine episodes;
rather, the problem is in the daily pattern of consuming caffeine throughout
the day that affects the onset of a migraine.
In other words, if you drink a cup of
coffee in the morning and a soda containing caffeine in the afternoon, you should
not have a problem; however, if you have several cups periodically throughout
the day, you may be setting yourself up for a migraine headache.
Caffeine is a natural short-term vasoconstrictor, which means it works in a way similar to that of triptans when relieving a migraine headache.
Each time coffee, or another product that contains caffeine, is drunk it constricts the blood vessels of the trigeminal-vascular system (area of migraine headache
pain). As the caffeine effect wears off, the vessels relax and expand with
blood. When this happens several times throughout the day, the throbbing pattern
of the blood vessels can place enough pressure on the nerve endings to cause
them to become irritated and secrete a chemical that can initiate a full blown
Learning to read labels can be one of the easiest ways to prevent
migraines. Check the ingredients of everything you consume or put on
your skin. Be aware that many times MSG is disguised as "flavor enhancer".
Eileen suggests using the grandma rule: "If your grandmother didn't use it
as an ingredient in her cooking, then why would you want to eat it now?"
of Food and Supplement Ingredients to Avoid
Before ordering food from a menu or a buffet, always
ask if any of the foods contain MSG. If the server doesn't know,
then get up and leave - don't take a chance. When in doubt, don't eat it, This
includes your best friend's favorite dish at the pot-luck dinner.
If you have questions about any of this information or have additions
to add to the list of things to avoid,
please call us at 1-866-367-5953 or
send an email to Questions@Tuliv.net.
We do want to hear from you. Also see additional information by going to More
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Many women have been prescribed or use hormone replacement therapy,
such as estrogen and progesterone, in attempts to control migraines or block
the symptoms of menopause. These remedies for migraines are generally short-lived
as the body readjusts to the added hormones. Adding hormones can actually
and painfully result in an increase in migraine frequency and intensity. Unfortunately
the connection between adding hormones and increased migraines is not understood
by most doctors or patients; therefore, HRT continues unchallenged.
Migraine Defense neither adds to nor depletes the body of
any hormones. Migraine Defense works by preventing unwanted migraine producing
chemicals from being released during times of hormone fluctuation; therefore,
Tuliv Migraine Defense is safe to use anytime and does not cause alterations
in natural hormone activity of the body.
Many migraineurs and doctors need to understand that certain pharmaceutical
drugs have "headache" as one of their major side effects. Birth control pills
and other hormone based contraceptives top the list of drugs that can cause or
contribute to migraine problems. Although some doctors will prescribe birth control
pills or hormones as a possible way to prevent migraines, there is little evidence
that these are reliable or long lasting solutions.
You should never take for granted that your doctor knows the side effects
of a drug or that he or she has knowledge about how it affects a person with
migraines. Don't be afraid to ask if he knows of any side effect
that may result in a headache. Remember, you are the one who is paying the
doctor to work for you. Just because it is prescribed by a doctor doesn't mean
that it can't cause a migraine.
If you start a new drug and your head begins to hurt, more often than not, the
drug is the cause of your new headache. Since it is your head that hurts, and
you can put two and two together, don't be easily persuaded that the drug
is not the cause of your new headaches.
Migraines are very taxing on the body. Neck muscles and joints become tense, sore, and strained. This pain and tension are often misdiagnosed as the cause, rather than the result of migraines.
To help with the after-effects of migraines, Migraine Defense contains an ingredient
(Borage Oil) that is used by the body to generate natural anti-inflammatories
to relieve inflammation in the body. You can also order our
Tuliv Evening Primrose Oil product to increase these anti-inflammatory effects.
Our clients call and send emails each day to tell us what a wonderful difference Migraine Defense has made in their lives. We hear from those who have been able to return to work, go back to school and improve their performance, and once again find enjoyment in their daily lives with their families and friends.
They also have told us how much better they feel and how Migraine Defense has allowed them to find renewed pleasure in the
joy of love and being loved.