Do you suffer from migraines? Research suggests that probiotics may help alleviate them.
Recent research suggests that intestinal microbiota and the gut-brain axis may play a role in the cause of migraines. Intestinal permeability (leaky gut) is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and flood the blood stream. This may trigger migraines by activating the trigeminovascular system (neurons in the trigeminal nerve that innervate cerebral blood vessels).
So what does this mean and what should I do about it?
First of all, take a probiotic supplement. Research has shown that probiotics enhance the integrity of the intestinal epithelial barrier. Secondly, eat fermented foods (such as kimchi, kefir, raw sauerkraut) and prebiotics (such as onions, garlic, leeks, under-ripe bananas). This will help establish a healthy gut microbiota.
Consuming a probiotic supplement, eating fermented foods and prebiotic foods will help restore a healthy intestinal barrier and balance your gut microbiome. These habits may help alleviate your migraines.
So, what can you do about that?
If you haven’t already done so, eliminate nitrate-containing food preservatives. Next, consume probiotics, fermented foods and prebiotic foods. Research has found that probiotics improve brain function and enhance the integrity of the intestinal epithelial barrier. Taking a probiotic supplement, eating fermented foods (such as kimchi, kefir, raw sauerkraut) and eating prebiotics (such as onions, garlic, leeks, under-ripe bananas) will help establish a healthy gut microbiota which will benefit much more than just your oral microbiome.