Are you suffering from headaches or migraines? If you take pain medication regularly for head pains, you may be suffering from rebound headaches. This article in the New York Times discusses a recent study that shows the very cure for headaches can sometimes actually be the cause of them, too.
As a headache sufferer, I know how frustrating it can be to have regular attacks. Sometimes headaches can be caused by other things you’re consuming – or neglecting to consume.
Here are a few different reasons why you may get a headache and some simple tips for curing them without aspirin:
1. Dehydration – Many Americans are chronically dehydrated. If you’re not drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water – not tea, not coffee, not fruit juice, just plain, simple water – you may be dehydrated. And as simple as it may sound, water can sometimes get rid of your headache. Try drinking one or two glasses of water (8oz glasses), wait for a little while, and see how you feel. You may find your headache disappears on its own.
2. Stress – If you are worried, tension builds in your body, often causing muscle tension, fatigue and physical stress. To release tension, try deep breathing exercises, taking a relaxing walk, or meditating. You may also be able to relieve stress with laughter, working out, or some distracting activity – watching a funny movie or TV show. Allowing yourself to release tension will often release you from your headache, too.
3. Migraine – now these are a little more tricky. There can be many reasons why you get migraine headaches. Sometimes it’s from a food allergy or sensitivity – to know if you have this, you would need to go through an elimination/provocation type diet to check different sensitivities. Sometimes, migraines are an indication of having weak energy in your liver – if this is the case, you can do a liver-cleansing diet and take liver-supporting herbs such as milk thistle. Sometimes migraines are related to stress or come on as a psychosomatic response to something with which you do not want to handle. For stress, some of the self-care exercises described above can help. For psychological headaches, you will need to examine the roots of the issue – from what is your body is trying to protect you? You may need to consider professional help for dealing with this kind of issue if you are not able to examine the roots on your own.