Monday, 4 August 2014

Headaches

I think it is pretty safe to say that everyone has, or will, experience a headache.

There are many different types of headaches ranging from a tension headache that presents as a constant, tight feeling in the head, to a migraine that presents with an aura seen through the eyes, intense throbbing, generally on one side of the head, light/noise sensitivity and nausea/vomiting.

In order to best treat a headache you must first identify and treat your triggers.
For example, do you get a headache with alcohol, stress, lack of sleep, certain medications or foods, poor posture or sinus issues?

Here are some tips on what you can do to naturally relieve the symptoms of a headache.

1. Cucumber
Cucumber is said to contain all of the vitamins and minerals your body needs and are also high in water, so they are great for re-hydrating and replenishing electrolytes. This will be especially useful if your headaches are a result of dehydration or a hangover. Cucumbers are best eaten fresh, with the skin on, as that's where a lot of the nutrients are.

2. Ginger
Ginger is a circulatory stimulant and will increase blood flow and circulation to your head and neck area, helping to supply oxygen and other nutrients and relieve pain. Add fresh ginger to your food, or dice or grate it up and add it to a teapot with boiling water to make a ginger tea.

3. Magnesium
Magnesium is essential for proper nerve and muscle function and is great for relieving tension. If your headaches are coming from a tight neck or back this would be especially useful. Some great food sources of magnesium include spinach, kale, pumpkin seeds and sweet potato.

This is me with probably the worst headache I've ever had.

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional

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