According to WebMD, 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches, and of them, 28 million suffer from migraines. Frequent headaches can interfere with your daily life including: going to work or school, spending time with family/friends, and participating in activities you love. While medications work for some, they often have their own list of negative side effects. So, we wanted to share more natural ways to relieve and prevent ailments, rather than creating others with over-the-counter medicine.
Go to a Chiropractor. Find a good chiropractor, as they locate and correct misalignments in your spine that are interfering with the ability of your central nervous system to keep you healthy. This nerve interference can be the cause of headache pain no matter what type of headache you have. A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication. Read more from the American Chiropractic Association.
Practice Yoga/Good Posture. Headaches can be caused by a variety of reasons like tension in your neck, tight shoulders, or back pain, and there are certain yoga poses that are designed to gently stretch and open those areas, while circulating blood to your head. Relieving a monster headache while getting in a great workout? Yes, please. Check out Livestrong’s Yoga Positions Good for Migraines.
Drink Plenty of Water. Dehydration is one of the largest causes of headaches, and ironically, one of the simplest to prevent. One of the easiest ways to ensure you get the proper amount of fluids daily is to keep a large container of water with you daily and set a goal to finish it each day. Every single thing in your body will thank you for it.
Have Sex. Yes, you read it right! People often use a migraine as an excuse for not having sex. However, having sex can offer migraine relief. The greater the orgasm, the greater the reprieve from migraine suffering, according to Everyday Health.
Eat Healthy + Avoid MSG. It’s important not to skip meals to prevent hunger headaches. Eat a well balanced diet, preferably in 5-6 nutrient-dense meals a day. It’s also important to avoid flavor enhancers, such as mono-sodium glutamate (MSG). Why? MSG has been linked to being a major trigger for headaches.
Avoid Excess Caffeine. Sometimes caffeine helps curb headaches. In fact, many headache medications contain caffeine. But heavy daily caffeine use — more than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day (about two regular cups of coffee) — can cause headaches and irritability, according to Mayo Clinic.
Stop Smoking. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, a known headache trigger. If you are a migraine/headache sufferer (or not), think twice before you light up your next cigarette.
By taking the necessary steps listed above, you will find headache relief and your day to day will be much more enjoyable. Medication is incredibly helpful for many, however, there are some simple solutions to ease some of the pain. Just remember, frequent headaches can be a sign of a serious health problem so always get checked out by your family doctor if you are unable to find relief on your own.