Suffer from migraines? This article will provide you with some self-care answers to quell your migraines, especially
the use of probiotics.
What causes migraines?
A migraine is a vascular headache due
to excessive constriction or dilation of the brain's blood vessels. Some migraines are diet-related and although physicians
can't explain why migraines occur, a disturbance in the gastrointestinal tract is one of the tell-tale symptoms.
Tyramine has been identified as a causative factor in migraines.
The bacteria S. faecalis converts the amino acid tyrosine into tyramine, which is present in chocolate, some wines and some
cheeses. When the friendly population of probiotics falls in the gut S. faecalis burgeons and tyramine conversion is stepped
up. The migraines of those individuals sensitive to tyramine are the ones that respond favorably to the ingestion of probiotics,
either in yogurt with active cultures, or in capsule form.
can you do to prevent migraines?
Suggested preventive actions are to encourage friendly bacteria in the digestive tract by eating a diet high
in complex carbohydrates of vegetables, fruits and grains, and to ingest probiotics daily. Find them at your local health
food store in the refrigeration unit.
Trenev, N. 1998. Probiotics, Nature's Internal Healers. Garden City Park,
NY: Avery Publishing.
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