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As if cramping and actually getting your period weren’t bad enough, your menstrual weeks often come with headaches as well. Menstruation migraines can be frustrating, especially since you already may not be feeling great.

But there are many tricks available to help alleviate almost any menstrual pain, and so too is there relief for headaches! When faced with menstruation migraines, try these four easy, quick hacks to feel better.

1. Drink Some Grape Juice

cup of grape juice

Select any grape juice without additives or fake flavoring. Grapes contain antioxidants, magnesium, riboflavin and vitamins C and B12, and possess anti-inflammatory properties. Magnesium, B12 and riboflavin are all connected to migraines, and by consuming grape juice, you can hack the system.

You can get wild and make your own grape juice with seven to eight pounds of grapes. Mash them with a potato masher and cook them covered in water on the stove. When it boils, stir and let the grapes cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the juice out, and if you need to use a sweetener, go for something natural like stevia or honey. The juice will keep for about a week.

2. Nom Some Nuts and Protein

variety of nuts

Think back. Have you missed a meal? With menstruation comes bloating, and you may not feel like eating anything on your period weeks. However, you still need your nutrition, and when you miss meals, you get migraines and feel weak. Mix that with the fact that you’re menstruating, and it’s understandable that you might begin feeling worse. Don’t go three or four hours without eating something, and it may help to break your meals into smaller ones when you’re menstruating.

Eat brain-happy nuts like walnuts and pumpkin seeds and toss in some dark chocolate to release endorphins. Remember: Your iron also gets low, so feed your blood with lean protein. Sipping on bone broth throughout the day can also help, while being light on your tummy.

3. Acupressure

Apply pressure to your temples with acupressure — the best point sits right above the bridge of your nose between your eyebrows. Push in lightly with a few fingers there, or stick your forehead against a hot water bottle.

4. Up Your Vitamin E

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In one study, 100 women took 500 IU of vitamin E supplements or a placebo two days before their period and three days afterward. The women who took vitamin E noted less pain than before. You can take it consistently when you have your period, too — however, if you take a blood thinner, you should avoid extra vitamin E.

When your period comes along, it can be tempting to want to curl up, build a blanket fort and hide away until it’s all over. A few simple fixes can make it easier though. So, don’t forget your hot water bottle, nuts, dark chocolate, protein and grape juice. Throw some vitamin E in there for good measure and you’re set!

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