No, we aren’t talking about the age-old excuse to skip out on sex with the hubs. We’re talking real, obnoxious, nagging, pulsing, throbbing headaches that sneak their way into your noggin and ruin your day. They can be caused from a plethora of factors, but popping a pill isn’t typically the healthiest way to evade this nuisance from the root. Try some natural remedies first.
Both of these are anti-inflammatory and great for every part of your system. Steep them in a tea, add them to smoothies and salad dressings, or take them in capsule or tincture form. They are super versatile and can often be found together in some formulas.
Sometimes our busy lives have us downing coffee and forgetting to rehydrate, and that’s the major cause of most headaches that suddenly shut down your productivity despite however much caffeine is pulsing through your veins. But pounding water at the first sign of a headache often won’t make a noticeable change–part of hydrating properly is making sure we have the right salts and minerals in our bodies. Put a few drops of electrolytes in your water and sip throughout the day.
The ultimate natural chill pill, peppermint oil not only smells soothing, but also feels physically cool to the touch. Because it’s an essential oil, you’ll want to dilute it before putting it straight on your skin, but there are a lot of pre-blended formulas available that come in a convenient rollerball to apply directly to your temples or behind your neck for an instant cooling effect. Plus, you’ll smell super fresh.
Many studies indicate that B vitamins can help reduce the pain associated with headaches. They help turn food into energy, which can be useful in a pinch if your headache is due to a blood sugar crash from going too long between meals. They are also water-soluble, so they absorb quickly without the aid of fats.
Nitrites and nitrates are common preservatives found in a lot of processed lunch meats like hot dogs, salami, bacon, and sausage, and have been known to constrict blood flow by contracting blood vessels. This can trigger headaches in many people, so if you get headaches often, it’s best to avoid these foods. If you do happen to eat some, follow up with a ton of water and heed the electrolyte note above to flush it from your system before the headache hits.
A powerful antioxidant for aging and utilizing food for energy, CoQ10 has been shown to reduce the frequency and severity of headaches in several studies. Plus, it’s a great addition to your beauty supplement game. We call that a win-win.
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