If you are reading this, then you have heard that the ketogenic diet can be an excellent way to help manage migraine. I wish I had been more open-minded sooner as keto is not at all what I thought it would be like. It helped my head and my overall wellness and was delicious. You may be considering this significant change in the way you eat to help you find a new level of relief from migraine attacks. This is written with the assumption that you have done your own homework and have asked your doctor for input. This also assumes you have decided to learn more and perhaps dive in and commit to keto for a few months to see if it can help reduce attack frequency or lessen some symptoms like brain fog. The focus will be on the general ketogenic diet. Toward the end there will be a link to a video interview where I was interviewed by Ashley Koff, RD, an internationally-renowned registered dietitian, about the ketogenic diet for migraine that you may find helpful. Phase 1 of the ketogenic diet can include some migraine-specific tweaks and I mention those modifications at the end of this piece. The ketogenic diet is a low carbohydrate diet that is high in fat and moderate in protein. The purpose of this way of eating is to generate nutritional ketosis.
These people did NOT have chronic migraine. But following a ketogenic diet could potentially reduce the frequency and severity of the attacks. I was triggered by so many of the HYH foods that the idea of keto was intimidating. Researchers suggest that the effect of the ketogenic diet is related to ketones more than weight loss. Ketones support the health of our mitochondria on in several ways. They are the by-products of fat metabolism, produced from our stored body fat eg. Ive gained the weight back and am at lbs.
For the sake of generating energy, the more mitochondria, the better. Poor mitochondrial health has been associated with migraine. Julia Amos is a freelance writer living in the west of Ireland. Dedkova, E. Today I must eat between 7am and 8 am, 11 and 12 and 4 and 5. Add Electrolytes like Magnesium for Best Results. The smaller particle size is the type of LDL that gets lodged into vascular tissue and causes plaque. There is some evidence that suggests that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, could cut down on the frequency and severity of migraine Strengthening these findings, another study observed significant reductions in migraine frequency, duration, and severity after a 1-month keto diet 8. This link discusses amounts and sources of key electrolytes to make sure you are aware.