Can we all agree that more blood flow to the brain is a good thing? I’m sure anyone experiencing a blood choke in ju-jitsu would agree-it’s NOT the best feeling in the world.
In those who suffer from migraine headaches and seizures, anything that can help to reduce the number of attacks they have is a welcome addition. Clearly lifestyle and supplementation play a strong (if not stronger) role in the management of both migraine headaches and seizures along with the mainstream medical approach of pharmacological management. For many sufferers, this information is rarely shared by their physicians.
Seizure and migraine management consists almost entirely of medication use. The list of anti-seizure medications has expanded over the years, but outcomes have not improved much. Patients still suffer from migraines and seizures and can have their entire lives shut down during an attack and even up to days afterwards. But is there a better way to manage migraine headaches and seizures?
There is no doubt that epilepsy can be an immensely debilitating condition. Working, social events, driving and family life are all greatly disrupted, if even possible. Sadly, less than 30% of the time the first seizure drug used is effective at controlling the seizure. From this point on it just gets more difficult. Anything that can aid in seizure control can be life changing for these patients.
While just dealing with seizures is bad enough, the mind of every epileptic there looms the fear of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy, also known as SUDEP.
The exact cause of SUDEP has not been identified, although cardiac problems are very high on the list of likely suspects.
Recent studies have linked sleep apnea and chronic headaches. Since migraines and seizures have similarities, can obstructive sleep apnea cause seizures?
Ahh. Mitochondria. Darn near my favorite word. And the key to natural remedies for seizures and chronic migraines.
This is certainly not the first time I’ve written about my favorite organelle, and to some, it may seem like I attribute mitochondrial dysfunction to just about all that is evil in human physiology. Lest you think I’ve turned into a broken record, you need to remember what the mitochondria do in each and every one of the cells of your body.
The superficial understanding of epilepsy is that you have a region of brain cells that fire excessively, causing problems. If we can lock down the action of these cells, everything’s all good.
In my experience, many migraine or seizure sufferers do not fully understand that, even when headaches or seizures are not occurring, there is brain damage occurring. Luckily, there are many proven ways to help protect your brain from these dangerous conditions.
Can magnesium affect serious conditions like seizures and migraines? Because magnesium is required for some 300+ enzymes in the body, and many of these are required for healthy brain function, this just might make sense.
Today’s diets are notoriously deficient in this mineral. Foods like whole grains, nuts and seeds are good sources and can be added to the diet to increase overall intake. Supplementation beyond dietary intake is very inexpensive and safe.