Even though this was written more for migraines, both headaches and migraines have common triggers and treatments. The most recent research is showing migraines and headaches to a lessor extent, may be caused by one of the following:
Blood flow. A sharp decrease, but usually a sharp increase in blood flow. Changes in the brain chemical serotonin. When levels drop, blood vessels including those in your brain become swollen and inflamed, which can lead to migraine pain. A disruption of the subtle energies circulating throughout your body, along with unresolved emotional issues that manifest in your body as headaches.
Vitamin B deficiency. In one study, vitamin B6, B12, and folic acid supplements were found to produce a two-fold reduction in migraines over a six-month period. Previous studies, such as a 2004 study in the European Journal of Neurology, have also reported that high doses of B2 (riboflavin) can help prevent migraine attacks. You want to purchase food-based B (and others) vitamins.
Hormonal imbalance. A hormonal imbalance can not only trigger headaches and migraines but can be responsible for many various symptoms and health issues. Getting your hormones checked and corrected through NHRT (Natural Hormone Replacement Therapy) may help directly or indirectly with headaches, migraines and many other health issues.
Know your triggers so you can avoid them or make necessary adjustments:
Food and Drink: Many people experience headaches/migraines when they eat certain foods, especially: wheat, dairy, sugar, artificial preservatives or chemical additives, cured or processed meats, alcohol (especially red wine and beer), aspartame, caffeine, and MSG. Caffeine can also trigger an attack - and sometimes excess nuts.
Changes in sleeping cycle: Both missing sleep and oversleeping can trigger a migraine. If you have trouble sleeping, read my article on "Tips for Better Sleep" (an earlier blog post) .
Hormones: Some women experience migraines before or during their periods, during pregnancy or during menopause. Others may get migraines from hormonal medications like birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy.
*Allergies: Including food allergies and food sensitivities, and chemical sensitivities. Common food allergies are cow's milk (including yogurt and ice cream), corn, *aspartame, *MSG, Citrus and eggs.
Stress/Post-stress: Any kind of emotional trauma can trigger a migraine, even after the stress has passed.
External stimuli: Bright lights, fluorescent lights, loud noises and strong smells (even pleasant ones) can trigger a migraine.
Dehydration and/or hunger: Skipping meals or fasting are also common triggers.
Physical exertion: Extremely intense exercise or even sex has been known to bring on migraines.
Weather changes, and/or changes in altitude.
*To determine if you have a food allergy:
Ok, now the good stuff - here's some things you can do to relieve them:
B-Vitamins (particularly B2, B6 and B12 and food based)
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