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HeadWay, Issue #163 -- YOU talk about Diets! (and - breaking news!)
March 21, 2018
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YOU talk about Diets!
Say what?! Ketogenic diet
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--Breaking News--I just got off a call with Carl Cincinnato, producer and co-host of The Migraine World Summit. I have some really exciting information about the 2018 Summit - and no time to tell you about it!
So, real quick:
Before we get to the meat of the ezine, a couple of notes. First, some of you may have received an email last month with the same subject line as the month before. A little confusing!
Last month's email was not a repeat of the heart disease ezine. It was a discussion of the Migraine Action Plan and CGRP. If you missed it, just go here: http://www.relieve-migraine-headache.com/HeadWay-migraine-action-plan.html
I'm sorry to say that it's been a whole year since I've dedicated a newsletter to answering your questions. So today I'm going to get started and respond to some of your comments about diet.
YOU talk about Diets!The Diet Debate
I get a lot of questions and comments about diet. Instead of getting into every individual question, I would like to make some general comments.
There are a lot of diets out there today which have helped migraine patients. The trick is that they are very different - sometimes even contradictory. So why do such different diets still work?
One obvious explanation is that everyone is different, and so different diets help different people.
But I think a key is this: whatever diet you may be on, you're probably being more careful about what you eat, and you're eating less "processed" food.
One subscriber mentioned that she's found help with one of the paleolithic diets. Another mentioned a ketogenic type diet that Dr. Joshua Turknett promotes for migraine (also a paleo-type or "ancestral" diet - see The Migraine Miracle). Several others mentioned dietary changes they have made personally.
Your Recent Suggestions
So what do these diets have in common?
Here are a few things, just based on emails I've recently received:
But again, there are common threads. Pay attention to what you eat, and avoid processed food. That is almost universal. Eating more fruits and veggies is also pretty much universal, although which ones is a subject of debate. But if you eat a good variety and don't go overboard on any one thing, you almost can't go wrong here.
Which diet you try is a personal decision, and of course it does make a difference which you choose. You would be wise to discuss your decision with a doctor who knows your medical history.
That being said, just taking a few steps toward a healthier diet can make a huge difference. In fact, it may be the most powerful treatment available to you.
Say what?! Ketogenic dietA ketogenic diet is today sometimes recommended for migraine, though it is most known as an epilepsy treatment. Key elements are that it is high in fat and low in carbohydrates. On the ketogenic diet, your body learns to use fat as a source of energy instead of glucose (sugar).
For a much more detailed and helpful explanation, see Ketogenic Diet Benefits for Weight Loss, Fighting Disease & More. Dr. Turknett discusses the topic specifically for migraine in his book The Migraine Miracle.
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