Tension headaches, hormonal headaches and migraines are very common and can
be debilitating for some. There are more symptoms than just pain with migraines
attacks, including: sensitivity to light, noise or smells; nausea or vomiting; loss of
appetite; and upset stomach.
Most headaches occur due to a combination of nerve signals sent from the blood
vessels and muscles in the head, triggers can include:
- Sinus infections, colds, fever or throat infection.
- Eyestrain or back strain
- Environmental causes such as second-hand tobacco smoke, smells from
chemicals or perfumes
- Heredity migraines
- Food intolerances
- Hormone imbalance
- Vitamin or mineral imbalance
Natural Headache Remedies
Magnesium is one of the most successful headache remedies, People who suffer
from serious headaches, often have low levels of magnesium, and several studies
suggest that magnesium may reduce the frequency of migraine attacks in people
with low levels.
Magnesium may prevent the wave of brain signalling, called cortical spreading
depression, which produces the visual and sensory changes that are common when
experiencing a headache, especially a migraine. Magnesium can block the paintransmitting chemicals in the brain,
Taking 200–600 mg of magnesium a day can reduce the frequency of headache
attacks. Both oral and intravenous magnesium are widely available, extremely safe
and inexpensive. The most frequent side effect of magnesium is diarrhoea, but
lowering your dose or taking it less often can eliminate it. Or Epsom salts bath offer
transdermal magnesium uptake. To increase your daily magnesium intake, eat more fibre. Dietary sources of magnesium include beans, whole grains, seeds, nuts and vegetables like broccoli, squash and leafy greens.
When people with gluten sensitivity eat foods containing gluten, it can lead to a
headache. Many patients who have undiagnosed celiac disease and migraine
headaches often see either complete resolution of migraine headaches, or a
significant reduction in the frequency and strength of symptoms after giving up
gluten. Try to cut back on your daily intake of gluten, especially cut out wheat, look for natural options, avoid ”Gluten-free” processed food.
Methyl B-Complex Vitamins
Many B vitamins are involved in the formation of neurotransmitters, such as
serotonin, which may be deficient in people who suffer from migraines, causing
energy slumps, unhealthy blood cell and adrenal effects, foggy thinking and
A Methyl B-complex vitamin includes a group of eight water-soluble
vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, vitamin B12, biotin
and pantothenic acid. Together, these vitamins improve brain cells, circulation,
immune function, energy and cardiovascular health.
The dehydrating effects of coffee, sugary drinks and alcohol can certainly leave us
with a killer headache. Most of us simply aren’t getting enough water, which in itself
can relieve headache pain and symptoms. This simple (and free) remedy will keep
you feeling full, energized and headache-free.
You can also quench your thirst and stay hydrated with fruits and veggies including:
- green peppers
Stretching and de-stressing
Staying in one position for extended time, like sitting at your desk or computer, can
lead to body tension and create headache symptoms.
An easy way to avoid this is to take a break every 30-60 minutes — stretch and
move your head and neck around in a circular motion. This will relieve the built up
stress and can help in avoiding headaches.
Doing yoga is a great way to relieve built-up tension. Yoga clears your mind and
loosens your muscles — it improves respiration, vitality and muscle strength.
Address your stress levels, unwind, get fresh air and give yourself some YOU time!
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