Only once have I had a migraine and it was truly horrible. Years ago I had a friend who would get them every second weekend – consistently. Rarely on a weekday. This to me was as bizarre as it was perplexing.
For migraine sufferers a diet low in carbs may help. Here is the link to an article so you can check out the research but in summary a very low calorie ketogenic type diet allows your brain to work more efficiently and reduce migraine-causing inflammation.
Below is a summary of what the thrust of the article.
Fats and carbohydrates are sources of energy but importantly they provide it in different ways. Put simply carbs are broken down into glucose. Fats on the other hand are broken down into fatty acids and then to so called “ketone bodies”. Both glucose and ketone bodies are used by cells for fuel.
When you restrict your carbohydrate intake your body switches to the ketone pathway. Ketones provide more energy than glucose, but less oxidative stress partly because this pathway is a “slower burn”. As a result your brain and muscles work more efficiently. Importantly the ketone bodies have an anti-inflammatory effect which is just one of the reasons why many people report good health outcomes from a low carbohydrate diet.
For migraines this is very important as sterile inflammation (inflammation that is not caused by microbes) is known to be at the heart of the problem.
Note: If however you have any conditions that prevent you from metabolising fat then you would avoid a low carb diet. Also too much ketone body metabolism can produce a condition called ketosis.
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