Does Juicing for Migraine Benefit or Trigger an Attack?

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Juicing for migraine can help heal me or trigger my migraine.  Lack of food is a migraine trigger. Fruits and vegetables are healing. Although, many people are triggered by citrus and other foods in which I am not.  There is no rule for natural migraine remedies when each body is so different.  It is best to go with what makes you feel better while being cognizant of natural migraine triggers. It would probably not be recommended to do a juice cleanse for migraine, but it may give overall health benefits.

Disclosure: “I have been given Garden of Flavor as part of a product review. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.“

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There is something to be said for a food/beverage company that cares about its customers.  Lisa Marie from Garden of Flavor took the time out of her day to really get to know me and I could tell immediately that she didn’t just own a juice company, she had a brand that prides itself on quality.  She is excited that she is helping people.  Drinking a product that has love behind it seemed as delicious as her cold-pressed juices.

My eating habits are not great.  I eat a lot of sugar and have always struggled with following rules with diets.  I eat healthily and work out but I just love sweets.  So a juice cleanse was a way to look at my relationship with food and test my brain’s reaction.  I was provided a 3-day juice cleanse.  The day I got them was like Christmas came early.  There is always something to be said about mentality when in chronic pain. Seeing all the colorful juices turned my frown upside down, so to speak.

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Each day I drank:

1. Goji Pineapple- Yum! The ginger gives it a zing (Organic Pineapple, Organic Goji Berries, Organic Apple, Organic Ginger, Organic Mint, Organic Lemon)

2. Cucumber Fresh- The taste grew on me but not my initial favorite (Organic Cucumber, Organic Celery, Organic Parsley, Organic Lemon)

3. Mean Green- The first day I found it tough to get down.  By the third day, I kind of liked it (Organic Celery, Organic Cucumber, Organic Kale, Organic Spinach, Organic Romaine, Organic Lemon)

4. Twisted Root- A needed change.  I don’t have beets in my normal diet so drinking them was nice (Organic Carrot, Organic Beet, Organic Lemon)

5. White Knight- Like its name it came sweeping in at a low part of my day and tasted like a meal when I drank it. (Purified Water, Organic Cashew Nuts, Organic Agave Nectar, Organic Vanilla Bean, Organic Cinnamon)

6. Tumeric Tonic– Possibly my favorite.   The ginger and cayenne pepper give it such an interesting taste.  A great way to finish the day (Purified Water, Organic Lemon, Organic Blue Agave, Organic Turmeric Root, Organic Ginger Root, Organic Mint, Organic Cayenne Pepper and Over One Billion Deliverable Probiotic Cultures)

Juice Cleanse for Migraine

The beginning and end of every day were my favorite juices.  I found this especially poignant being those are the most painful times of the day for me.  I know, for some, juices may contain triggers for migraine sufferers. (Citrus seems to be one for many.)  But the great thing is, with Lisa’s juices what you see on the labels is what you get.

With other juices I have drunk, there was a list of ingredients that didn’t seem like “food” to me.  Those secret words are triggers that I don’t even know how to pronounce.  For example, I ate soup for an entire school year that had MSG in it under another name. MSG is a huge trigger for me.  So drinking real-life fruits and vegetables gave me great piece of mind.  I have to say, I felt great (pain level 2-4) for the 3 days which is really for me.

Juice Cleanse Does it help or trigger Migraine

Juice is Not a Migraine Cure

I will preface this by saying that I received Botox and a steroid pack a week prior.  So the lower pain days can definitely be attributed to a combination of medication and juices. I felt added health benefits more than usual.  It wasn’t too difficult for my lifestyle.  I was a bit hungry at night but that is when I typically eat a lot.

I took this as a sign of retraining my body and mind.  Constantly drinking and fueling my body keeps me balanced. My pain levels didn’t seem to spike as much throughout the day.   I was totally unsure if I’d get a migraine but I didn’t.  On the morning after I was done, I was lighter physically and mentally and sad that I didn’t have a Goji Pineapple to reach for in the fridge. It was something I couldn’t do forever but I was surprised that I did it without pain.

Juicing for Migraine

In the morning, I typically drink coffee.  I now reach for cold-pressed energy which provides probiotic cultures. All of their drinks are plant-based. It consists of marine collagen, aloe, ginger root, living probiotics, and guayusa which give me caffeine without triggering a migraine. Every morning I have a headache and it seems to help naturally.

Food to help Migraine

While juices help provide a fast and steady boost of fruits and veggies, food is just as important.   I have been told celery juice can help and it just grosses me out. I find that foods like ginger, greens, turmeric, coconut water, and many other foods make me feel better. While foods with msg, preservatives, nitrites, and other chemicals make me very sick.

There is no cure or instant relief for migraine.  I use food and juices to help heal my body and make it stronger to fight my neurological disease. Everyone is different when it comes to triggers and migraine relief.  It takes time to experiment with what makes your body feel better and stronger. I hope my description of a juice cleanse may help give you ideas on how juice may help your migraine and headaches.

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Sarah Rathsack

I tell stories of My Migraine Life. Living life through Migraine consists of advocacy, treatment, prevention, and searching for health and happiness in a positive honest way. My kids, husband, dog, family and friends motivate me to make a difference in the Migraine World.

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  1. Debbie on December 30, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Interesting account – Is this something one would do on a regular basis? Or a one time adjustment to reduce triggers???

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. mymigrainelife on September 26, 2020 at 8:19 am

    I drink them preventatively to help keep me balanced.

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