37 million Americans suffer from migraines. I'm part of that number, and I decided to do something about it. If you're not familiar with what migraines are, they're headaches that feel like one thousand hammers descending on your head. Medically, the definition is (according to Mr. Webster), "a condition marked by recurring moderate to severe headache with throbbing pain that usually lasts from four hours to three days, typically begins on one side of the head but may spread to both sides, is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light or sound, and is sometimes preceded by an aura and is often followed by fatigue."

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I've suffered from them since I was 12, and the only thing that gives me relief is knowing what my "triggers" are and preventing them before they happen. They suck! For most people, migraines are brought on by heat, exhaustion, stress, or lack of eating. My triggers are all the above.

As I've gotten older, I noted that the weather can impact my migraine frequency. I get more during times of drastic change in barometric pressure - kind of like what we're going through now with these extreme temperature changes!

My husband hated seeing me "sleep" migraines away or become an Advil zombie, so he researched some herbal remedies that could help. He read that ginger is a natural supplement that I can take to reduce migraine frequency and pain. Why? Because it allows for increased blood flow. It really works!

Here's how I take it:

  • Crushed/spice form.
  • In a capsule, purchased on Amazon.

While it's not known if ginger interacts poorly with other medications, I did notice taking too much of it resulted in a coffee jitters feeling for me.

Consult with your doctor before making this a habit, but I've found that it helps me!

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