Updated: Oct 20, 2022
In addition to certain meals, dietary behaviors can also play a role in headache development. In certain individuals, fasting, dehydration, or skipping meals may cause or intensify headaches. Here are some measures that can help prevent or lessen headaches.
Are you maybe dehydrated?
Dehydration is a significant yet sometimes overlooked cause of headaches and migraines. Drink a large glass of cooled (tepid) boiling water to rehydrate. To restore critical minerals, add a pinch of unprocessed gray or Himalayan salt or a splash of fresh coconut water.
How scented is your life?
Certain forms of headaches may be alleviated with peppermint and rosemary essential oils. For stress-induced tension headaches, a gentle neck and shoulder massage with a drop of lavender essential oil in a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond is highly effective. Choose organic essential oils from ethical, reliable companies.
Are you exhausted?
A walk in the fresh air and sunlight is invigorating and revitalizing. A few hours before bed, avoiding alcohol, electronic screens, and large meals boosts the likelihood of a restful night's sleep. Consult a medical practitioner if you get persistent headaches, since they may be a sign of other health issues. If everything else checks out, seek the assistance of a naturopathic practitioner who can help you determine what in your diet or lifestyle may be causing your headache and how to treat it.
Sodium and Magnesium
Try a two-pronged dietary approach to lessen the frequency of headaches and migraines; restrict your intake of probable triggers and increase your consumption of beneficial nutrients.
Omega-3-rich foods (such as nuts & seeds) reduce inflammation and promote healthy blood flow.
Magnesium is one of the most effective headache treatments and is sometimes referred to as a natural analgesic. Magnesium may block some brain signals responsible for the visual and sensory alterations characteristic of migraines. Magnesium is abundant in beans, whole grains, seeds, nuts, and vegetables such as broccoli and squash.
Additionally, blood sugar abnormalities might be a migraine trigger. Eat meals with a low glycemic load, such as oatmeal and oat bran, in order to stabilize blood sugar levels. Migraines may be triggered by artificial sweeteners (such as aspartame) and other synthetic compounds, such as food flavourings and preservatives, found in processed foods and beverages. Additionally, it would be prudent to avoid processed salt and refined carbohydrates.
By Dr. Sepi Sefy PhD whom specialises in Herbal Medicine of Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese & Western Herbal Medicine, alongside of Yoga, Nutrition and Phytotherapy.