Tips for Preventing Headaches
Headaches come in many shapes and sizes. There are migraine headaches, tension headaches, toxic headaches, blood sugar headaches, headaches related to the jaw, adrenal fatigue headaches, and more. There are likewise many ways of preventing headaches.
When you get a headache, look back over the past 24 hours and see if any of the following could have triggered it:
• Weekend headache This may occur when your sleep cycle gets disturbed by staying up late or sleeping in. Solution: Regulate your sleep/awake periods by keeping a nightly sleep schedule.
• Paint and other fumes. Solution: Only use “no VOC paint: (no volatile organic chemicals) and air out the room after painting.
• Dehydration. Solution: Drink plenty of clean, fresh water. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables gives you water as well as vitamins and minerals and will prevent dehydration.
• Skipping meals and getting too hungry. Solution: Always keep a small, healthy snack in your pocket or purse.
• Too much caffeine and eliminating caffeine too quickly. Caffeine is a stimulant and stopping it “cold turkey” can trigger headaches. Solution: Ease yourself off of caffeine over a period of days. Find non-caffeinated beverages that you enjoy more.
• Inactivity. Don’t just sit around! Exercise produces endorphins, natural chemicals in the brain that have pain-relieving properties. Solution: Build more movement and activity into your day.
• Sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep leads to adrenal fatigue, which can produce headache pain. Solution: Make sure you get plenty of rest every night.
• Adrenal fatigue. When we have stress, our adrenal glands get overworked. When they get tired, you can get headaches all over the head. Solution: These types of headaches can be reduced by getting better sleep. The best remedy is combining ample rest with supplements to support the adrenals.
• Food triggers. Primary headache food triggers include red wine, beer, chocolate, aged cheese, processed meats, nuts, bananas, artificial sweeteners, and sauerkraut. Solution: Keep a food diary for a few weeks so you can see the connection between what you eat and when you get a headache.
• Lack of alignment. The bones of the neck, jaw, and upper back can go out of alignment and cause headaches. Solution: This can be corrected by regular chiropractic care.
Here’s a headache remedy that’s especially good for getting rid of a tension headache. Take a dose of calcium/magnesium; put a cold compress on your forehead and a heat pack on your neck. Lie down in a dark room for 20 minutes. You will feel better!
What makes Dr. Charlene Thorburn different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.