As a part of "A New Era of Care" for migraine sufferers, Alicia Wolf offers a look into her lifestyle-focused, natural, and non-drug treatment approach
DALLAS, Jun 14, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With 60% of migraine sufferers dissatisfied with their current treatment, healthy living blogger and cookbook author, Alicia Wolf, also known as The Dizzy Cook, is using her platform to help migraine and headache sufferers learn more about alternative treatments. Providing an enlightening look into the process of searching and advocating for options that work best for oneself, Alicia shares her motive for switching to a natural approach as well as practical, non-drug tips which make up her "recipe" for migraine relief.
"I started my blog, The Dizzy Cook, after years of battling vestibular migraine, a rare form of migraine. After my diagnosis, I found myself unable to work and really struggling with my condition, but by learning about how food impacts migraine disorders, and developing recipes that avoid triggering ingredients, I found control over my health and a new sense of purpose," says Alicia. "By documenting my recipes and ongoing search for treatment, I’ve noticed how important it is for headache and migraine sufferers to take an active role in their health. Recipes are a great place to start, but there’s more you can do like finding the right doctor, researching and integrating other lifestyle aspects, as well as asking medical professionals about new and effective therapies."
Shedding light on the evolving landscape of care for migraine and headache has become an integral and unique aspect of The Dizzy Cook, who, around the same time she started blogging, began transitioning to non-drug and natural treatments with a daily focus on diet.
"Although at times I’ve relied on migraine medications for symptom relief, as someone who was in their 30’s trying to start a family, I had very candid conversations with my OBGYN and neurologist about the risk of medicating while pregnant. For me, the best option was to find natural treatments I could continue throughout pregnancy. Now, as a new mother breastfeeding, I continue to look for safe and effective options to manage my migraine," states Alicia.
The Dizzy Cook offers some of her lifestyle and treatment approaches for migraine relief:
Order groceries through Amazon Fresh to avoid grocery store triggers.
Discuss supplementation with a doctor. Migraine disorders can be linked to magnesium deficiency making it an important addition to addressing migraine. Additionally, vitamin B-2 is one of the best vitamins for migraine prevention, scientifically proven to work even for children. Like magnesium, chronic migraineurs may be B-2 deficient, and studies show that B-2 can cut the number of headache days, as well as reduce the length and severity of migraine. Additionally, ginger, is an age-old approach to pain management that modern science verified as a safe and effective as a first-line acute treatment for migraine. Ginger turmeric tea is also a good option as it can be easier on the stomach.
Exercise regularly with gentle stretches and workouts that help strengthen the body, release neck tension, and improve overall health.
Consider a scientifically proven migraine treatment device that stimulates the vagus nerve non-invasively (nVNS). gammaCore Sapphire uses a gentle stimulation to the vagus nerve, the body’s longest nerve which facilitates communication between the brain and the body, to control the pain caused by headaches. The FDA-cleared nVNS device is for preventative and acute treatment of migraine both in adults and adolescents.
Utilize massage therapy. Acupressure, reflexology, deep-tissue, and occasional cupping can all help relax the body’s muscles and promote healing as well as mental clarity.
Find the right migraine glasses. Blue light blocking glasses and various types of FL-41 glasses can be the answer to a very common migraine symptom: photosensitivity or sensitivity to light.
Adhere to a migraine diet, like Heal Your Headache/Johns Hopkins Migraine Diet. Many additives like msg, nitrites, histamine, and tyramine, a certain protein that usually occurs as a food product ages or undergoes fermentation, can contribute to headaches. High tyramine containing products - such as aged cheese, summer sausages, smoked fish, soy sauce – can trigger a migraine attack within few hours (or even minutes) after consumption.
"I believe that no migraine treatment approach is 100% perfect all the time – there’s always something new to try as the medical and scientific community continues to expand their research. However, before implementing any of these tips or any new treatment aspect, it is important to consult with a medical professional," concludes Alicia. "Migraine relief is continuous work, and I can only hope that by sharing my migraine diet, treatment approaches, and story, that it will inspire others to advocate for their health and find their own recipe for migraine relief."
The Dizzy Cook
Alicia Wolf is the brilliant voice behind The Dizzy Cook, a blog dedicated to improving the diet and lifestyle for those who suffer from migraines. After being diagnosed with Chronic Vestibular Migraine in 2016, Alicia went on a personal journey to incorporate key supplements and lifestyle changes. Her blog emerged from the experience as a way for her to share recipes and tips to help improve the lives of those who constantly experience headaches, dizziness, and vertigo.
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