Posts Tagged ‘Treat migraines’

Overcome Depression with Migraine- 4 Lifestyle Habits that Help

Thursday, March 7th, 2013



Depression is often a comorbid condition of migraine disorder, as continuous crushing headaches, nausea, and fatigue feed into feelings of helplessness and despair. While antidepressants help to reduce migraines and depression at the same time, many natural alternative treatments are also beneficial for keeping symptoms at bay.

Overcome Depression with Migraine- 4 Lifestyle Habits that Help- Migravent

Please note that you should never discontinue use of antidepressants for migraines or depression without consulting in your doctor. None of these suggestions are meant to take place of prescription migraine treatments or medications for depression, and do not constitute medical advice.

Still, the following natural strategies have been proven to help significantly, and are recommended by physicians as part of a multi-pronged approach to combatting depression that occurs with chronic migraines.

#1 Choose an exercise that feels good

Countless medical studies confirm that regular physical activity has the power to curb mood disorders, enhance neurological health, and impart an overall sense of wellbeing.

Daily exercise reduces stress, boosts pain-killing endorphins, and regulates healthy serotonin and dopamine levels for improved relaxation response and more restful sleep.

Additionally, exercise is also recommended as a natural way to reduce migraine attacks, as stress is one of the most vicious trigger of migraines.

To benefit from exercise as a means of fighting depression, start small- try walking for twenty minutes each day, and work your way up to longer sessions.

#2 Sleep, but not too much

Getting enough restful sleep at night is instrumental for fighting migraines, as well as depression. Good sleep habits include going to sleep at a reasonable hour each night, avoiding electrical gadgets several hours before bedtime, and keeping it consistent.

Too much sleep can backfire, though, as migraine headaches and depression are often made worse by irregular sleep schedules, such as napping in the afternoon or hitting the snooze button on weekends.

#3 Think positive thoughts

Keeping your chin up and hoping for the best isn’t just great advice for conquering depression; it also helps with migraines. In studies that focused on patients who suffered from chronic pain, scientists noted that participants who kept a positive attitude and refrained from dwelling on their pain symptoms were most likely to achieve better results in pain management.

#4 Stick to routines

When chaos reigns, depression and anxiety are not far behind. While reckless abandonment of your daily routine may appeal to your spontaneous side, resist the temptation to drop your most basic healthy lifestyle habits. Following a regular routine adds an element of structure to your life that soothes the nerves and fends off feelings of melancholy and despair.

Some good routines that help with depression and migraines may include:

  • Getting fully dressed each morning before you leave your bedroom, including shoes
  • Sticking to daily hygiene, including showering, tooth-brushing, and hair-combing
  • Fixing your bed every morning
  • Check your calendar
  • Keep dirty dishes at bay
  • Do one load of laundry each day
  • Taking your vitamins and minerals
  • Exercising
  • Allowing time to fix a healthy, nutritious meal
  • Devoting some time to personal reflection, relaxation, or positive affirmations

Your turn!

Do you have any questions or suggestions?  Please leave your comments below.

Share with your friends!

If you found this article helpful, then please share with your friends, family, and coworkers by email, Facebook, or Google+.

Like this? Read more:

5 Effective Natural Supplements for Depression

Migraines, Women, and Depression: 9 Myths and Truths

Can Anxiety Attacks cause Migraines?

Suicide Rate in Migraine Patients- Some Surprising Statistics


Fighting Depression with Natural Remedies

10 Natural Depression Treatments

Image(s) courtesy of Stuart Miles/

Enter to win a free supply of Migravent- Sweepstakes
As seen on CashNet Sweepstakes

Coenzyme Q10 Benefits and Dosage Information

Monday, December 19th, 2011



Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) provides antioxidant protection that is beneficial for migraine patients and people suffering from heart disease symptoms.  CoQ10 has many other healthful properties- it also yields significant results in maintaining a healthy immune system and regulating your body’s response to inflammation.


What is coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)?

Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinone-Q10) is a nutrient that occurs in protein food sources such as meat and fish.  CoQ10 levels decrease with age, causing CoQ10 deficiency. Low CoQ10 levels are directly correlated with cardiovascular health, neurological functioning, and normal immune system.

CoQ10 dosage

CoQ10 has been the focus of many clinical studies on heart patients, hypertension, migraine headaches, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders.  Scientists have found that daily supplements of CoQ10 support healthy cell production and serve as an effective tonic when taken in the following doses:

To maintain healthy levels of Coenzyme Q10 and reap maximum health benefits, take 150 mg daily.


    Got your Vitamin Q?

    Though the evidence is still pending, many practitioners of natural ingredients swear by many other beneficial properties CoQ10:

    • Boosts stamina

    Many people take CoQ10 to revitalize and increase endurance in sports performance.  Because Coenzyme Q10 aids in producing ATP, an energy-giving molecule, people who suffer from everyday low energy production find that CoQ10 supplements have a rejuvenating effect.


    • Promotes healthy gums

    Operating under the assumption that gum health correlates with CoQ10 deficiency, many people find periodontal health benefits in  applying CoQ10 directly to the teeth and gums.

    • Hair growth

    A growing body of evidence suggests that CoQ10 may stimulate hair follicle growth while using the blood-thinning medication warfarin (Coumadin).

    Are there any drug reactions to CoQ10?

    People taking the following medications or treatments should seek a doctor’s approval before taking CoQ10 for the first time:

    • Chemotherapy for cancer- the antioxidant properties of CoQ10 might interfere with chemotherapy results.
    • High blood pressure medications- CoQ10 helps to maintain already healthy blood pressure, so taking the two medications in combination could result in excessively low blood pressure.
    • Warfarin (Coumadin) – Since CoQ10 increases platelet aggregation, taking it in conjunction with a blood thinning medication could impede results.

    Read more about Coenzyme Q10 for migraines:

    Natural Ingredients and Herbs for migraines


    Coenzyme Q-10: MedlinePlus Supplements

    Coenzyme Q10- University of Maryland Medical Center

    Coenzyme Q10- Mayo Clinic

    Image credits, from top:

    qthomasbower, Lel4nd, jmayer1129, fayemozingo