Beat headaches with probiotics

by Hannah Singleton March 11, 2019

In light of Headache Awareness Week (9 - 13 March), we are sharing some insights into the connection between gut health and all other aspects of our wellbeing.

For those who suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, you’ll know just how debilitating they can be. From throbbing head pains and persistent aches, to impaired vision, sensitivity to light and sound and/or sleep disturbances, there’s an endless list of reasons why you should nip them in the bud.

While there are a number of factors that contribute to headaches (which we will touch on in this article), the topic we are focusing on is how probiotics and gut healing drinks such as kombucha, can actually assist in headache prevention. How? It all comes down to gut.

Nexba Kombucha and Probiotix Water

Link between Gut Flora and Headaches

The much quoted Greek physician, frequently referred to as the ‘father of medicine’, Hippocrates, once said that all disease begins in the gut”.  It seems that science and modern technology are bringing evidence to this wise insight (made a whopping 2000+ years ago!) with more and more research demonstrating correlation between gut and a myriad of health conditions. That is, everything from skin conditions and weight, to immunity and brain health. Headaches fit within the category of brain health, and increasingly studies are linking healthy gut flora with a reduction of headaches. 

A recent literature review published in the Pain Physician, explored the relationship between microbiota and migraines. Whilst further studies were deemed to be necessary, the review concluded that there is an association between increased gut permeability (sometimes referred to as “leaky gut”) and migraine headaches. The review also concluded that improving intestinal flora was correlated with a reduction in inflammation and overall gut and brain health.

Taking probiotics is a fantastic way to begin to repair and support your gut health. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast that your digestive system rely upon in order to function optimally. In saying that, it is important to note that not all probiotics were made equal. It is crucial that you are choose high quality probiotic supplements to ensure you will actually reap the benefits. Our probiotic Nexba beverages (flavoured probiotix water and kombucha) use a unique strain of robust probiotics that actually survive the journey from your mouth to your gut. In fact research shows that 85% will reach your intestines intact. 

Nexba Mixed Berry Kombucha

Other ways to prevent headaches

Whilst it is important to see your health care practitioner if you have frequent or persistent headaches, here are some common culprits and preventative measures:

  • Make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Requirements vary depending on the individual but rule of thumb is to aim for 8 glasses of per day.
  • Practice good posture. Neck and back stiffness which can occur as a result of slouching can cause headaches. It is also important to invest in a good pillow that supports your neck.
  • Try to avoid looking at a computer or mobile device for prolonged periods of time. If you need to do so for your work, make sure you are taking adequate breaks to prevent eyestrain.
  • Get an appropriate amount of sleep. Too much or too little sleep can result in a nasty headache.
  • Practice stress management to avoid tension headaches. There are lots of different strategies for managing stress including yoga, walking/running, meditation, taking deep breaths and so on. The most effective strategy will depend on the individual.

Mixed Berry and Coconut Kombucha

Here we have featured a refreshing (and delicious) Nexba Mixed Berry and Coconut Kombucha mocktail to heal your gut. We’ve used a blend of our mixed berry kombucha for its natural sweet flavour and hit of probiotics, and coconut water for its thirst quenching ability and abundance of essential vitamins and minerals.

Nexba mixed berry and coconut kombucha mocktail

Ingredients

Servings 6.

2 cups kombucha berry ice cubes*
1 L Nexba Mixed Berry Kombucha
1 L coconut water
1 cup fresh berries (we used a mix of raspberries, strawberries and blueberries)

*To make the kombucha berry ice cubes simply place fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and/or raspberries) in an ice tray and pour over Nexba mixed berry kombucha. Place in the freezer overnight to set. 

Nexba mixed berry and coconut kombucha mocktail

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large jar and gently mix.
  2. Serve and enjoy!



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