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Headaches, Home Cures
It is unlikely that someone is actually standing behind you crashing symbols together, but it sure can feel that way sometimes. Headaches are the one thing that no matter how intense, they stop your body from functioning from the top down. Even that nagging little ache above your eyes can bring a good days production to a standing halt. If you experience headaches frequently, or that last for days, this means you should get looked at by your doctor; serious repercussions can come from severe frequent head pain—this is not the kind of headache you cure at home! But, if you suffer occasional headaches, the home remedies shared here today are going to aid in reducing and even ridding your skull of that painful brain pain! (Your brain doesn't actually feel pain, but you get the point.)
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When Is A Headache Dangerous
Reasons To Go To The Doctor For A Headache:
- vision changes
- body feels weak
- numbness occurs
- severe debilitating pain
- lasts for more than a day
- body extremity is paralyzed
- feel like it is more than just a headache
- reoccurs several times in a single month
- happens when you exercise (or with any physical exertion)
Darkness Relieves Pain
How To Cure Your Headache, The Natural Way
Lights Out - If you are experiencing a "migraine-like" headache, whereby light is uncomfortable or painful, eliminate the amount of light you are being subjected to. Like wearing sunglasses when you go outside—bright sunlight may be the actual cause of some headaches. But, when you are having full-blown nausea, pain on one side of the head, and blurred vision, that accompany your sensitivity to light, sitting in a dark room is the only hope.
Chill Out - If you can locate the exact place where your headache is, place an ice pack directly on that spot. If you don't have access to an ice pack, drench a washcloth in ice-cold water, place it in a sealed sandwich bag, then put it on the painful location. In most cases, within 20 minutes headache victims will feel relief when using the cold pack method—it is important to begin this remedy as soon as you feel the onset of a headache.
What You Think About Headaches Really Does Matter!
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Heat Up - For some of us, ice is far too chilling of a remedy, so heat is the next choice. Placing a really warm washcloth over your eyes or right on the site of the pain, can help reduce or relive a headache. Leave the washcloth to do its job for at least half of an hour, making sure to rewarm the compress as needed.
Cut Down - Now this one may hurt worse than your headache, but cut down on your caffeine intake. I do realize the sacrifice it takes to cut out or reduce the amount of coffee, tea, soda, or energy drinks it takes to make it through an active day. But, keep in mind that stimulants—like caffeine—cause muscles to tense and increase anxiety; both of which can trigger headaches. Drinking or eating too much caffeine can also bring on headache-inducing insomnia, now doesn't that sound fun. Try gradually reducing the amount of caffeine you consume. For the best results, only take in about a five-ounce cup of coffee (about 150 milligrams) daily. Reduce your caffeine intake slowly, as stopping abruptly can bring on a whole new kind of caffeine headache!
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Sleep Right - Go to bed and wake up at about the same time every day. Yes, even the weekends. Farmer's do this because they have animals to feed and maintain, so they go to bed at sundown, and get up at sunlight. This is the natural rhythm of the body. Melatonin is made in the body helping us to stay on course—makes us sleepy when it gets dark, and triggers alertness when it gets light. If you ignore this and oversleep, it can bring changes to the body's chemistry that actually create perfect conditions for migraines and other types of headaches. Managing an exact ritual of when to go to bed and wake up keeps your body in rhythm with the natural order, thus helping to prevent headaches.
Mint Magic - Peppermint and Spearmint have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties which have a considerable effect at relieving headaches. The American Indians have absolutely mastered this remedy over the centuries! Simply place two-ounces of dried mint leaves into one quart of boiling water and allow it to steep while covered tightly. Drink about ¾ of a cup of this tea two to four times daily.
Rosemary Sage - When you need a sure fire remedy for a nagging headache, introduce rosemary to sage! This herb combo offers 20 anti-inflammatory properties between them. But, rosmarinic acid—acts much like aspirin in the body—is the real headache reliever. Make a rosemary tea by placing one teaspoon each of dried rosemary and sage leaves into a cup and pour boiling hot water over them. Cover snugly and steep this combo until it comes to room temperature. Drink ½ of a cup two or three times daily, for three days.
IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT ROSEMARY: DO NOT CONSUME MORE ROSEMARY THAN THAT WHICH YOU WOULD USUALLY FIND IN ANY FOOD OR RECIPE. SOME STUDIES SHOW THAT EXCESS AMOUNTS CAN INCREASE MENSTRUAL BLEEDING AND IN SOME CASES INDUCE MISCARRIAGE.
Learn How To Find Which Foods Cause Your Headaches
Foods That Cause Headaches
Allergic Reaction Headaches
A few well-known foods are the main cause of headaches in some people. But, a few ingredients we find in foods are sure to bring that headache on for those with or without food allergies. There are 3 Foods That Are confirmed And Frequent Headache Triggers:
- Nitrites and nitrates
- Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
- Tyramine and other amines
Lets take a closer look at each to see which foods they can be found hiding within.
1. Nitrites And Nitrates
Foods with Nitrites and nitrates : Who doesn't love a nice lunch meat sandwich? Well, if you get frequent headaches following lunch, these meats may well be the cause. Nitrites and nitrates are almost always—even in some health foods—used as a preservative in lunch meats and other processed meats. You are sure to find this duo of headache pain in ham, bacon, smoked fish, bologna, salami and every bodies favorite, the hot dog, to name just a few.
Other Names For MSG*
- yeast extract: autolyzed yeast, yeast food or yeast nutrient
- hydrolized protiens: hydrolized vegetable protein, hydrolized animal protein, or hydrolized plant protein
- caseinate: sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, malt extract, bullion, or broth stock
- natural flavors: natural flavor, natural flavorings, natural beef or chicken flavor, malt or chicken flavoring, seasoning, spices, enzymes, and just flavoring
*Information is derived from the department of nutrition and exercise science at Bastyr and Vanderbilt Universities.
2. Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
Foods with Monosodium glutamate (MSG) : Used to "enhance" the flavor of foods, it is found in a wide range and varied number of foods. It has several nicknames, so you may not find it listed as MSG on the packaging. Unless otherwise noted on the label, you can almost always find it in; Chinese food, canned food, soup, seasonings, soy sauce, meat tenderizers, and of course processed meats.
3. Tyramine And Other Amines
Foods with Tyramine and other amines : Headaches, high blood pressure, and nausea are the result of eating tyramine in some people. This amino acid resides in many foods we eat every day; aged cheeses, bananas, broad beans, processed meats, peanuts, lentils, avocados, fresh-baked bread, red wine and other alcoholic drinks, and you can count on it being in anything pickled. Don't forget about the other "amines" like phenylalanine, found in chocolate—among other foods. Citrus fruit contains an amine that has been known to trigger headaches in certain folks. Ask your nutritionist or doctor what is best for your dietary (headache-free) needs.
Cures For Headache
It is highly recommended that you always check with your doctor or a medical professional before changing anything in your lifestyle or diet. However, by avoiding foods that have headache inducing elements, like those listed above, you can reduce the number, and even the severity of the pain. Your lifestyle can have an impact on headache pain, like getting too much sleep or drinking too much caffeine. But, to some degree, it is inevitable that at some point a headache is going to creep into your daily activities. When this happens, you will be ready to take up arms and fight the good fight by putting any of the remedies discussed above to work for you. The sooner your aching head stops throbbing, the sooner you can get back to being yourself!