Does poor gut health cause migraine

Dr. Manoj Kutteri
July 7, 2022

Have you ever experienced headaches? Of course, who wouldn’t? This may seem to be a simple concern and we just normalize it. Usually, when anybody complains about having a headache, without knowing the actual cause, we just cover it up by taking over-the-counter medications. But the fact is a headache isn’t a simple term. There are several causes and types of it. Out of all, the most debilitating type of headache is Migraine. Are you one of the many people who suffer from chronic headaches or constant migraines, then you are at the right place to know what triggers it? We are well aware that life has become a regular hassle for chronic headache sufferers to fight their symptoms. Left with only a few choices of pain killers or NSAIDs in conventional medicine to manage their symptoms, the cure may seem nigh impossible for the sufferers. But what if I say, the cure is within yourself- the gut.  To put it simply, your gut is the epicenter of all mental and physical health. This article surprises you with unfolding information about your gut and how it’s related to migraine. 

Migraine- headache or hammering?

Migraine is a recurring type of complex disorder characterized by episodes of moderate to severe pounding headache on one side of your head. It is not a run-of-the-mill type of headache which could be easily resolved by a simple health strategy. Migraine is an illness per se not a symptom of any underlying condition. These migraine attacks are usually associated with nausea, vomiting, numbness, and sensory disturbances. Metaphorically, it is like hitting the nail in your head with a hammer. Several triggers could cause migraine; it may be a loud noise, stress, strong odor, certain foods, etc. Each person would have a different experience to share. Based on the symptoms and warning signs, migraine is classified into three subtypes; Migraine with aura, migraine, without aura, and chronic migraine.  

Migraine with aura differs from the former in showing warning signs before the headache commences. Migraine with aura usually shows signs like blurry vision, ringing sensation in ears, tingling skin, etc., before an actual episode sets off. Though several factors are involved in the initiation of migraine, recent research points towards the gut, which is considered to be the root cause of the illness.

Gut and Migraine

The gut is an adobe of several good microbes which performs an array of functions. In other words, it a said that our gut is the CPU of our entire system. Each function is coded by different bacteria and fungi. One of the networking systems present in our body is the “Gut-brain axis”. Gut-brain axis is a bi-directional communication system between the brain and trillions of microbes through various hormones and signaling molecules that have a profound impact on mental health. Evidence indicates that the quality of a person’s microbiota bears an effect on bowel function and mental health. Gastrointestinal microbiota aids in digestion, synthesis of nutrients, maintaining intestinal integrity and immunity, and above all, it succors in the production of neurotransmitters. Every individual has a discrete profile of microbiota like fingerprints. When this complex axis is skewed, all the regulating mechanisms get disordered and would result in anxiety, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, migraine and other mental illnesses.

What makes this gut go haywire?

Gut dysbiosis is a state of instability of the gut microbiome influenced by diet, infection, exercise, sleep and exposure to antibiotics. This involves the loss of beneficial microbial inputs and the expansion of pathogenic microbes. Pylori is a gram-negative bacteria that is present in almost every individual to a very low extent. When the level of H.Pylori rises, it colonizes the gut mucosa causing the development of clinical conditions. Keeping this bacteria in check is a tedious process and requires an aid of a medical professional. The food we eat matters the most in dealing with gastrointestinal disorders as well as migraine. Foods like caffeine, fried and processed foods can augment the H.Pylori growth resulting in an imbalance of gut diversity. It may affect the gut-brain axis and cause some inflammatory changes in the body.

According to the research studies, it is said that people with migraine also have gastric issues associated with it. When we follow proper dietary approaches, both chronic headache and gastric problems can be ameliorated by improving the diversity of gut microbes.

Gastro care, a specially formulated Atmantan Natural supplement that hinders the growth of H.Pylori bacteria, unleashes you from gastric issues along with food sensitivity migraine. It helps to repair the mucosal lining of the gut caused due to inflammatory processes thereby reducing the frequency and intensity of migraine.

Is probiotic and prebiotic a savior?

According to conventional medicine, the disease can only be cured when we uproot the root cause of it. I would like to quote an adage that says “gut is where all diseases begin”. by this, we can leap to the conclusion that to fix migraine, we need to fix our gut. Probiotics are nothing but live microorganisms proven to have various health benefits by improving and restoring the gut flora. Short-chain fatty acids are crucial in maintaining gut integrity which could be obtained from dietary fibers. To enhance your gut flora, fiber-rich foods and probiotics have to be a mandatory part of your regular diet. Atmantan natural Pregut, a convenient and most appropriate formula that helps to inoculate and increase the growth and activity of beneficial bacteria.

To improve your gut health, we need to eat a diverse range of foods, for improving the diversity of microbes. It is necessary to add a lot of fruits and vegetables like apples, bananas, whole grains, broccoli, and so on. Most importantly, consult with a physician to know what suits best for you and also to formulate an individual-specific diet that could be well adjusted. As said already, probiotics and prebiotics (fiber-rich diet) are necessary to tune your gut and its functions.

Migraine is not an incurable illness. A proper lifestyle and dietary regime will keep the symptoms at bay. It is indispensable to keep a track of foods that triggers migraine and avoid it from your diet. Hydrate well that maintains the proper pH of the blood and also the gastric juices. Migraine is more gastrointestinal related than other causes. So it is imperative to keep your gut sane. In everyday chaos, it is very difficult to maintain and follow a proper diet regime. Atmantan Naturals is a group of curated supplements that makes the way easier and provide more health benefits for several conditions. It is always advisable to take under the guidance of a medical practitioner.

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