Headaches Got Me Like...
I am defiantly not the first to say that migraines and headaches probably put a dark shadow over my day or days than any other disruptive health issue. Heck, I'd rather have nausea or deal with digestive issues then have a migraine or a headache that causes my world to temporary stop spinning. I am spinning, moving too fast and I can't focus my attention on the task at hand, it's like a train crash that jetted straight into the back of my eyes or the sides of the head or straight into the front of my forehead that cannot be cleared fast enough. I don't use regular painkillers for relief because as crazy as it sounds - I'd rather be patient and wait out the pain than jeopardize my long-term health by taking a short-term fix.
Common causes are::
- Nutrient Deficiencies
- Chemical Toxicity
Some underlying causes are:
- Stress/Loud Noises
- Intense Work Out
- Aspartame Consumption
- Birth Control Pills
- Excess Salt
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- Food Additives
- Chemical Vapor
- Air Freshener/Perfume
Yes - the preventative measure would be to consistently stay hydrated, detox regularly, exercises regularly, eat a nutrient-dense diet and consume fresh juices rich in wide varieties of nutrients. There are also some great nutraceuticals products you can take for prevention. However we all have lives to live, bills to pay, and deadlines to meet - don't be too hard on yourself when a migraine/headache puts a stop to your day because often this is your body screaming to tell you that it needs nourishment - aka, you need some ''me time''.
Types of Headaches
- Tension Headaches: a dull ache that affects the entire head
- Exertion Headaches: usually short-lived combined with pain in the back of the head
- Pressurized Headaches: generally caused by common cold, flu or infections
- Cluster Headaches: pain is predominately more on the face, specifically the eye, cheek, and sinuses - generally affect only one side of the head at a time.
- Migraine: consistent throbbing in the forehead or temples - the resulting pain can be disabling, excruciating and can incapacitate suffers for hours to days on end.
What's Going On?:
- Attempt to understand the cause of your pain! Are you drinking enough water every day? Are you getting enough nutrients in your daily diet? Do you seem to suffer from nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and/or digestive issues? While it may be hard to pinpoint the internal causation without the assistance of your Nutritionist - you can learn to recognize what emotional, mental or physical situations you are involved in that cause distress to your well-being.
When the body is properly detoxified, the pain will reduce.
- Carrot and green apples help to regulate bowel movements for a cleaner colon over time.
Drink plenty of green vegetable juices daily, as they are cleansing and healing to the system.
If you are prone to attacks, add these into your daily diet, especially in the form of juices for best absorption: Carrot, Green Apple, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Spinach, Bittergourd, Fennel, Wheatgrass, Watercress, Beetroot, Cilantro, Green Pepper, Pineapple, Watermelon, Honeymelon, Ginger & Lemon/Lime.
Try our Nutrient Boosting Elixirs!
Drink juices from fruits and vegetables that are loaded with juicy minerals, like celery, cucumber, bitter gourd, watermelon and honey melon. Pineapple is also one of the best anti-inflammatory foods and helps to reduce migraine/headache considerably.
Bittergourd, beetroot, watercress, wheatgrass, and lemon are all detoxifying foods that will assist to decrease the number of toxins in your body when drunk regularly. Due to the fact that these foods are detoxifying - they are very potent, so consume in moderation.
- Drink one liter of pure water and lie down - most of the time, a headache is your body's way of telling you it requires hydration.
- Foods high in complex carbohydrates, more specifically whole-grain, starchy vegetables, & low protein is recommended to those with chronic headaches/migraines.
- Avoid fried foods as fried fats contain aldehydes that can trigger migraines.
- Prepare your meals by eating them raw, juiced, steamed, blanched/boiled.
- Eliminate sugars, all dairy products especially cheese which contain tyramine. This is another substance that triggers migraines headaches.
- Cut down on alcohol and caffeine.
- Drink 8-9c water daily.
- Consume fresh fruit and vegetable juices to rid the body of the toxins that are the main cause of migraine headaches.
- Increase your mineral intake especially foods high in magnesium and calcium. Calcium and magnesium (from many green vegetables) are an essential combination that can help prevent and relieve headaches.
Magnesium-Rich: Spinach (1c), Chard (1c), Pumpkin Seeds (1/8c), Almonds (1 oz), Black Beans (1/2c), Avocado (1 Medium), Figs (1/2c), 80% or Higher Dark Chocolate (1 Square) and Banana (1 Medium).
Calcium-Rich: Cooked Kale (1c), Sardines - with bones (2 oz), Kefir (6 oz), Cooked Broccoli (1 1/2c), Watercress (1c), Bok Choy (1c), Okra (1c) and Almonds (1 oz).
- Stay tuned for a new blog post coming up on healthy elixirs for migraine/headache relief!
- There are supplements you can take for prevention but they key to taking supplements specifically for the prevention of headaches/migraines that these products are supplementary to how you use food. You will not get the effect you are seeking if you are only taking supplements and not changing your diet or lifestyle. You get better bang for your buck by using a few recommended supplements protocols and primarily using Food as Medicine.