Headache Relief: Foods that Heal

IMG_2131.JPG If you’re like most people, then you’ve experienced a tension headache. And in today’s world filled with stress, deadlines, 24/7 exposure to technology, and more, it’s difficult to avoid headaches. In fact, tension headaches are so common that the World Health Organization (WHO) says that tension headaches are encountered by 80 percent of adults. Moreover, approximately 45 million Americans suffering from chronic ones. Now that’s a lot of headaches!

With that being said, headaches are one of the most common patient complaints I encounter on a daily basis. But when pain strikes, you’re not always able to pop a pill or turn down the lights. Fortunately, there are some foods that can help fight against headaches naturally.

For starters, you’ll want to buy and eat organic foods—so that you avoid pesticides, herbicides, GMOs and other toxins, which can only add to headache problems.

Now that we’ve established the “organic” rule, here are some kinds of foods that can help those headaches:

Magnesium-rich foods: Magnesium acts to soothe headaches because it can relax blood vessels. So, try these magnesium-rich foods before headaches strike: almonds; bananas; avocados; legumes and seeds; and spinach and brown rice, to name a few.IMG_2133.JPG
Calcium-packed foods: Interestingly, if you’re lacking in sufficient calcium, then you could encounter more headaches. The brain relies on calcium to function properly, so be sure you include some of the following foods regularly in your diet: spinach, kale, collard greens, sesame seeds, and almonds.

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Foods filled with omega-3s: Omega-3s can help quell headaches due to their ability to support healthy inflammation levels—even when the blood vessels in your head are inflamed and constrict, which adds to headache pain. Some omega-3 rich foods to enjoy include: walnuts, flaxseeds, and flaxseed oil.

Vitamin E-rich foods: Vitamin E helps to promote healthy circulation and normal blood flow, both of which are essential when it comes to relieving headaches. Include these vitamin E-rich foods in your diet: broccoli, almonds, papayas, kiwis and red bell peppers.

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Hydrating foods: Headaches often result from the body being dehydrated, so including water-packed or hydrating foods can be helpful. Some to choose from are watermelon; honeydew; cantaloupes; cucumbers; berries; coconut water; and others.

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Foods with ginger: While we’re at it, you can spice up your foods and help fight headaches by adding ginger to your fare. Considered one of the most effective forces against headaches, ginger can powerfully support healthy inflammation. Ginger tea is also a potent headache soother.

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Don’t let headaches get the best of you. Fight back with these foods!

Learn more at: mayoclinic.org

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