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Headaches: Which of These 3 Mistakes Are You Making With Your Headache Remedies?
Heachaches-pain in the head, neck, and scalp can be debilitating and prevent you from working, going to school and participating in enjoyable activities. Some of the typical causes are hormone imbalances, stress, structural misalignments, circulatory problems and sugar imbalances. But the most common cause of headaches is dehydration. This leads to the first mistake you could be making with your headache remedies.
Mistake #1 Not drinking enough water. If you are a coffee drinker or drink a lot of caffeinated beverages then you definitely need to make sure you are drinking adequate amounts of water because caffeine is a diurectic and will make you pee alot. A good rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ouces of water daily unless of course you have a condition that restricts your fluid intake. Staying adequately hydrated is a great way to prevent headaches.
Mistake #2 Not addressing digestive issues. Your digestive tract plays an important role with your immune system so it needs to function properly in order for you to feel as healthy as possible. That means it should have a healthy balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria at all times. Sometimes people will have bacteria in their intestines that can stir up tyramine which is a migraine trigger. Tyramine is a substance found naturally in some foods such as aged cheeses, cured meat, smoked fish, and some types of beer. Probiotics are a great way to help maintain good bacterial balance in the intestines.
Mistake #3 Inadequate amounts of magnesium. According to Dr. Susan Mathison, founder of The Catalyst Medical Center, 75% of people who eat the typical American diet do not get enough magnesium on a daily basis. Magnesium is an essential mineral and it relaxes the arteries and muscles in the body which can help with headaches. The University of Maryland suggests taking 200 to 600 mg to prevent a migraine headache. You may need to take more or less so ask your doctor or pharmacist which is suitable for you.
Another natural headache remedy, which is one of my favorites, is using peppermint and lavender essential oils. Applying 1-2 drops on the temples, forehead, nape of the neck, and roof of the mouth alleviates the pain quickly.
So there you have it. Treating headaches with over the counter medicines like Tylenol and Motrin may work short term but for long term headache relief it is important to address the root cause.
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Tasha Nelson is a busy mom, wife and registered nurse who works the night shift at a large midwest hospital. She is also a total wellness enthusiast who firmly believes in the importance of taking care of yourself. A healthy mind, body, and spirit makes for a happy person. Isn’t that what we all want?