Top 6 Causes of Migraine Headaches

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Top 6 Causes of Migraine Headaches

In the United States, more than 37 million people suffer from migraines.

Almost 5 million in the U.S. experience at least one migraine attack per month, while more than 11 million people blame migraines for causing moderate to severe disability.

• 70 percent of all migraine sufferers are women
• 91 percent miss work or can’t function normally during a migraine attack
• 69 percent have consulted a physician at some time seeking treatment for migraine pain
• 59 percent missed family or social events
• 53 percent have severe disability requiring reducing activities or bed rest
• 51 percent said migraines cut in half their work or school productivity


Not another migraine!
Oh no, you feel another migraine coming on and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.  It’s time to lie down in a dark room, cover your eyes and wait it out.  You miss a couple of days of work, can’t take your kids to their soccer game and or go to your friend’s birthday party.  You desperately want these to go away and never come back. Migraines can be debilitating and they stop your life in its tracks. You need to know about some very common causes of migraine headaches so that you can prevent and end them once and for all.

Prescription Drugs Only Mask Symptoms
You may have tried prescription drugs such as Imitrex or Zomig, but these only mask the symptoms by providing temporary relief, and they don’t stop the migraines from coming back.  If you really want to get rid of migraines for good, then you need to identify and correct the underlying cause of the migraine.

Top 6 Causes of Migraine Headaches
Click here to watch Connie’s story of how she overcame her migraine headaches!

Here are the Top 6 Causes of Migraine Headaches:

1. Low progesterone/estrogen dominance
Hormonal changes can cause migraines. If your migraine occurs before your period every month, then you know it is hormone related.
2. Hypothyroidism
Hypothyroidism causes your metabolism to slow down, which slows your circulation and causes your body to retain water and mucin. The blood vessels and tissues in the brain swell and cause a migraine.  Fatigue, which accompanies hypothyroidism, is often associated with migraines and can play an important role in initiating migraine attacks.
3. Chemical Food Additives
Food colorings, flavors, preservatives and additives can cause migraines.  Aspartame (found in diet sodas) and MSG (monosodium glutamate) are common causes of migraines.
4. Magnesium Deficiency
Estrogen dominance leads to depletion of the mineral magnesium, which is crucial to normal blood vessel tone. Magnesium deficiency can cause spasms of arteries in the brain.  Magnesium deficiency is very common and often overlooked as a culprit of migraines but is also easily corrected.
5. Food Allergies and Intolerances
Allergies and intolerances to certain foods can cause migraine headaches. It is important to identify which foods trigger your migraines so that you can eliminate them from your diet.
6. Stress
Stress takes a toll on your body and is a common cause of migraine headaches.  Take good care of yourself and eat a healthy diet, get sound sleep, exercise, and make time to relax.

Think hormonal imbalance could be the cause of your migraines?  Download Dr. Hotze’s guide to natural hormones now. Click here to get your guide.

Questions about the hormone-migraine connection?  Leave a comment below!



2 thoughts on “Top 6 Causes of Migraine Headaches

  1. Melissa Gos

    First off, I love your posts. I have Hotze bookmarked on my internet. I was a little shocked not to see “light” in this post though. I have suffered from migraines for 7+ years. They started when I switched to a new job which had me in the office for 9+ hrs a day in fluorescent lighting and looking at a computer screen. They got to the point where they were so bad that I almost started vomiting. Being stubborn about taking pharmaceuticals, I researched into some more natural remedies and found these guys and bought a pair of tinted glasses. These have been my saving grace…my migraines are literally non-existent now when I wear them. (Yes, I am out of an office now but I still work on a computer for 9+ hrs a day). Also, avoiding caffeine really helped me too.


    • Hotze Team

      Thank you for your comment and for sharing the website for tinted glasses. That is a wonderful solution for light induced migraines. We are so glad they helped you and that you found a natural solution. You are correct that both light and caffeine can trigger migraines, as well. Here’s to staying migraine-free!


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