Migraine control might be easier than you ever imagined

Could this be the surprising culprit behind your migraines?

It seems like it took forever. But after tons of studies and even more public pressure the FDA finally banned this dangerous chemical…from baby bottles.

The rest of us…well, we’re on our own.

And now it looks like there’s a new reason to introduce your own BPA ban.

Reduction & relief

University of Kansas researchers recently uncovered a link between migraines and exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA), that notorious chemical that can disrupt hormones.

As we’ve often seen, messing with hormones is a recipe for disaster. It increases your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Same with prostate, breast, and thyroid cancers, cognitive problems, birth defects — the list goes on.

The Kansas team designed a rat study because, believe it or not, rats get migraine headaches. They respond to a migraine the same way we humans do: They lie still and avoid light and loud noises.

When researchers exposed the animals to BPA, migraine symptoms were consistently worse compared to rats with no exposure. So the researchers believe that simple reduction of BPA exposure could reduce severity and frequency of migraines for humans too.

Fortunately, the growing awareness of BPA dangers makes it easier than ever to avoid this junk. The Mayo Clinic offers these four steps that can significantly reduce your BPA exposure…

1) Look for BPA-free containers and products.

2) Avoid canned goods. Most cans are lined with BPA.

3) Heat prompts BPA release and increases risk of absorption. So don’t microwave food in plastic containers. Don’t clean plastic containers in the dishwasher.

4) Whenever possible, use glass, porcelain, or stainless steel containers — especially for hot foods and beverages.

On the same day I heard about the new Kansas research, I happened to spot another BPA report. A marketing company has determined that BPA use will boom over the next five years. So having a plan to avoid it will be even more important in the future.

“Chemical commonly found in plastics makes migraines worse, researchers show” C.J. Janovy, University of Kansas Medical Center, 11/12/13, kumc.edu

“What is BPA, and what are the concerns about BPA?” Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., Mayo Clinic, mayoclinic.com

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