Women suffer from migraine three times as often as men--and these horrible headaches get worse as women go through perimenopause in their 40s, according to the Migraine Research Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to finding a cure.
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So what can nix migraines? These science-backed treatments may bring relief to your aching head.
Relieve migraines with water.
Dehydration is a known headache trigger, but a a study found that drinking two extra glasses of water in the morning can make your migraines less frequent and shorter.
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Filter out migraine triggers.
Turns out, rose-colored glasses are worth putting on! The glare and brightness from fluorescent lamps are a big migraine trigger, and one study found that sufferers who wore a specific type of rose-colored lenses known as FL-41 were able to cut their migraines by 76 percent. Ask your doctor about using a tint to reduce glare--and headaches.
Treat migraines with buckwheat.
Buckwheat (or soba) noodles are full of benefits, but one is particularly important to women who suffer from headaches. Researchers found that eating a 1/2 cup every day could reduce your migraine symptoms in as little as three weeks. Buckwheat noodles are extra rich in rutin, a nutrient that reduces irritation to the brain. Other foods high in rutin are apples (with the peel) and asparagus.
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