What your headaches are REALLY telling you

Headaches are no picnic no matter what's causing them, especially if you're among the 37 million Americans living with the nightmare of migraines.

But ladies, those headaches might be only the beginning of your troubles.

Because new research reveals that migraines are a major risk factor for another condition -- one that could have a devastating impact on your day-to-day life.

And if you suffer from them yourself... if there are times when you struggle to make it through the day because of those headaches... you could be facing a higher risk of poor thyroid function.

That's better-known as hypothyroidism, and it leads to a long list of chronic health problems including fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, moodiness, sex problems, memory loss, and more.

Believe me, you want nothing to do with it.

But if you struggle with headaches, you could be getting a firsthand lesson in all that misery soon enough!

Even recurring headaches in general, including tension and cluster headaches, will cause your risk of hypothyroidism to jump by 21 percent.

But migraines are in a category of their own.

They're worse in every way, but they're especially worse when it comes to thyroid risk -- because migraines will increase your odds of hypothyroidism by a whopping 41 percent.

It's not entirely clear which one's causing the other. Odds are they're feeding off each other at least to some extent, leading to a vicious cycle of misery.

But it's a cycle you can break. You can END the pain and PROTECT your thyroid.

Since the migraines appear to be arriving BEFORE the hypothyroidism -- or at least before the hypothyroidism is diagnosed -- your best bet is to get control over those headaches first.

There's no single fail-proof cure for migraines because there's no single cause, but in many cases poor nutrition or deficiencies in specific nutrients can trigger or worsen the headaches.

One study earlier this year found migraine patients are often low in vitamin D, the B vitamin riboflavin, and coenzyme Q10. I've also found that many lack magnesium.

If you're not getting enough of these essentials from diet, consider a supplement and see if it makes a difference.

But not every migraine patient is suffering from a nutritional problem.

In other cases, the headaches have a trigger -- including food additives such as MSG or aspartame, as well as alcohol.

They can even be triggered by hormonal imbalances.

Work closely with a holistic medical doctor who can work with you to discover the true cause of your headaches and then help to correct it naturally.