2 Juice Recipes to Reduce Migraines

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Written by: Anthony Cocco

According to the Mayo Clinic, a migraine headache can cause substantial pain for hours to days. In some cases, the pain can be so severe that all you want to do is find the darkest, most quiet room and just lie down.

For me, that used to be my life.

I remember one time at a former job, I created a manila folder fort and hid in it while I was on a sales call because I was unable to get maintenance to remove the lights above my cubicle.

There have been times when I had to stop driving and sleep in my car because of a sudden attack. Eventually, I began to carry index cards and use them to indicate how I was feeling because talking made the pain worse.

When you experience migraines, there is no telling what you will do to make the pain go away. It can destroy your life… it almost did mine.

Migraines and the Nervous System

 

Now, there is no known cause for a migraine, but it has been suggested that migraines are neurological, which is related to shifts in activity within the brain. For example, if you are stressed, chemicals are released within the body, which can ultimately provoke the migraine response.

This is just one instance, but I am sure that you can come up with many from your own daily life. Take the time and see how your body responds to anger, fatigue, hunger, etc. Write it down and notice any patterns.

What we know is that our body’s nervous system is responsible for communicating; sending messages, controlling functions, movements and thoughts. In so many words, the nervous system is our body’s electrical wiring. If our nervous system (brain, neurons and/or spinal cord) are out of alignment and not at optimal performance, a migraine can occur. Most importantly, if our cells do not have the proper nutrients, our nervous system may not be sending the right messages.   

Before I go into the recipes, I have to make one critical point…

It doesn’t matter how well you eat, if you do not follow these 2 keys, you will never give your body the opportunity it deserves to become healthy.

1. Know Your Triggers

This took me several months to understand. I kept a detailed journal with a rating system that helped me evaluate all of the potential triggers that would cause a migraine or headache. When it was all said and done, I realized I had roughly 200+ triggers.

Initially, I felt paralyzed. However, in that moment, I knew I was liberated because I finally discovered what was keeping me stuck. There are many triggers: chemicals, emotions, food, sleep, weather, etc. At the end of the day, once you know what triggers the neurological responses within your brain and body, you can avoid those factors and add in all of the situations, supplements and nutrients that will help you become free.

2. Honor Yourself and Learn to Say ‘No’

There will be many times when you will need to say no, especially after you determine what triggers your migraines and headaches. Once you learn to say ‘no’ nicely, you can start to say ‘yes’ to new, healthy experiences. Saying ‘no’ at first may be difficult, I know it was for me, but when it comes from a good place and your ‘no’ has the right intention. You can then build a support system that will embrace your journey towards health and healing.

When I said ‘no’ to food triggers, it opened up a whole new world of possibility, especially in the realm of juicing. Juicing helped me get the proper amount of nutrients to get my body back in order and restore functionality.

There is no doubt that juicing made my pain go away. Juicing saved my life!  

These are the 2 recipes that were my go-to; I hope you enjoy them.

Note: To get the best results (more nutrients, without pesticides, etc.), go with organic ingredients.

The Green Monster
 
Author:
Recipe type: Juice
Ingredients
  • 1 apple
  • ½ lemon (peel if not organic)
  • ½ pineapple
  • 2” ginger root
  • 3 pieces of kale
  • small fennel bulb
  • handful of spinach
  • For an extra boost of immunity, add a shot of wheatgrass
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a juicer, mix together until smooth, then pour into a tall glass. Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts:

  • Apple: Helps with blood sugar and is loaded antioxidant and cardiovascular benefits.
  • Pineapple: Contains bromelain, which decreases inflammation.
  • Ginger: Amazing anti-inflammatory and immune booster.
  • Kale: Contains vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese and provides excellent cardiovascular support.
  • Lemon: Supports optimal health with antioxidants and phytonutrients.
  • Fennel: Excellent source of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium and folate.
  • Spinach: Rich in magnesium, vitamin A and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Beet Zinger
 
Author:
Recipe type: Juice
Ingredients
  • 1 beet
  • 1 apple (I prefer Fuji, Red Delicious, or Honeycrisp)
  • 1 pear
  • 2” ginger root
  • small handful of basil leaves
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a juicer, mix together until smooth, then pour into a tall glass. Enjoy!

Nutritional Facts:

  • Beet: Pigment in Beets (betalains) promote optimal health, loaded with minerals (manganese, potassium, copper and magnesium)and support detoxification.  
  • Apple: Helps with blood sugar and is loaded with antioxidant and cardiovascular benefits.
  • Pear: Considered to be a “hypoallergenic” food, anti-inflammatory support and is a good source of vitamin C and K.
  • Ginger: Amazing anti-inflammatory and immune booster.
  • Basil: Rich in vitamin K, good source for magnesium and has anti-inflammatory effects.

 

Sources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/migraine-headache/basics/definition/con-20026358

http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Migraine_Headaches

http://www.livescience.com/22665-nervous-system.html

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/409709/human-nervous-system


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Anthony Cocco

Anthony Cocco

Certified Health Coach and Leadership Coach at Properly Defined
For almost two decades, Anthony suffered from a never-ending migraine. In October 2010, it was suggested by his neurologist to receive multiple Botox injections in his head and he immediately decided to take his health into his own hands. After months of trial and error he became migraine free on May 13, 2011, by implementing a holistic lifestyle. He has since dedicated his life’s work to creating programs that will work alongside healthcare professionals, focused on the holistic alternatives that are consistently overlooked.

Anthony is a Certified Health Coach, Leadership Coach, and former migraine sufferer. His passion can be found in helping individuals understand their unique body and become best prepared to overcome migraines and headaches.
Anthony Cocco

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