Live bacterial supplements
Migraines are often accompanied by digestive symptoms and there is a clear association between the prevalence of migraines and many digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastro-oesophageal reflux (GORD).
Hannah said: “Low levels of beneficial bacteria in the gut can cause damage to the lining of the digestive tract, contributing to leaky gut.
“Leaky gut is a risk factor for inflammation, and it is thought inflammatory compounds originating from the gut may potentially act on the trigeminal nerve (a major pain pathway) in the brain, triggering migraine attacks.
“Live bacteria supplements are thought to be beneficial due to their ability to help support a healthy microbial balance and the health of the gut lining.
“In fact, a recent clinical trial found that the 14 strains of live bacteria in Bio-Kult Migréa, significantly reduced both episodic and chronic migraine frequency and severity in as little as eight weeks.
Blood magnesium levels have been found to be reduced in migraines, according to Hannah.
She said: “Sufferers compared to non-sufferers and research suggests magnesium deficiency may contribute to attacks (particularly in menstrual migraines).
“Magnesium is easily depleted by intense exercise, stress, alcohol and other factors, and many people may be getting less than optimal amounts through the diet.”
Leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, chard, kale and collard greens, are a great source of magnesium so try and eat at least one to two portions a day, the nutritional therapist said.
Hannah added: “Studies indicate that magnesium supplementation also has the ability to significantly reduce the frequency and severity of migraines, and contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue (which often accompany attacks).