Food As Medicine: Migraines

migraineLet me just say that I am eternally grateful that I do not suffer from migraines!  I know plenty of people who do so I write this for them and for anyone else who might read this (that's up to you, you sharing motivational speakers and readers of you!)  As I mentioned in my last post, our pantry is full of healing power.  It is my preference to try and diminish any ailment with what Mother Nature has provided first, and then move on to pharmaceuticals if needed.  Next time a migraine hits try:

Pumpkin Seeds – (pepitas) They are a leading source of magnesium, a mineral often diminished in migraine sufferers.  The connection, they think, is that low levels of magnesium may increase constriction of blood vessels surrounding the brain, contributing to those skull-busters.  To try to help quell the jackhammer, munch your way through 1/4 cup of these seeds daily.  This will supply you with about half of your daily magnesium needs.  Other foods that are a good source are: oat bran, sesame seeds, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, dry roasted soybeans.

Other ways to dose yourself: Sprinkle a handful into oatmeal and salads to add some crunch, add to trail mix, make into pesto. Not recommended to be eaten while under the sheets while in the throws of a head-banger.


Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

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  1. Oh cool. I suffer occasionally from something that is the first cousin to a migrain and I am definitely going to add these little pepitas to my diet! Just saw some of the roasted ones at Whole Foods the other day. Will that work as well?

  2. This is great, Polly! My sister has migraines. I will share this with her right now! You're the best!

  3. Polly, as someone who used to suffer from hormonal migranes (stopped after age 40) that would take me out for a minimum of a day, WHERE WERE YOU? Seriously, I appreciate this info and will pass it to my friends who still deal with such a challenge. Great advice.

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