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Migraines & Headaches

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.
  • Stress
  • 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
  • Dehydration

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.


Gluten-Free Diet

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

headache symptoms.

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.


Stay Hydrated

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:

  • Cucumber
  • celery
  • radishes
  • green peppers
  • cabbage
  • zucchini
  • spinach
  • watermelon
  • strawberries
  • melon
  • oranges


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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