Natural Cures for Headaches

Would you be surprised to know that something as simple as changing your diet can be a natural cure for a headache? Certain foods are notorious for triggering headaches. Some of the culprits identified are smoked cheeses, wine, and coffee. In one of life’s many ironies, many of us are addicted to caffeine and find ourselves feeling jittery, and suffering from severe headaches as a result, but know that quitting the caffeine may also be a cause for an aching head.

For many of us cigarette smoke or heavy perfume can also cause severe headaches to the point where we are nauseated. Obviously none of us can live in a bubble, so what can we do to alleviate headaches? Sometimes a simple trip to the doctor can help. Did you know that years and years of working and viewing computer screens can cause headaches because of eyestrain and squinting? As we age there are certain physiological changes that take place in the body. It may be as simple as prescription strength reading glasses due to near-sightedness, far-sightedness or an astigmatism. You might then need to communicate to a family member or co-worker that they need to ease up on the cologne/perfume, body spray or hair spray usage.

Getting enough sleep can mean the difference between headaches and full functionality at work and feeling like your head is caught in a clamp. Something as simple as a very warm bath can relax tired and tense muscles. Fresh air or a walk to improve circulation can also alleviate headache symptoms. Keeping your blood sugar level stable also helps to prevent headaches – low blood sugar can give one a feeling of malaise.

No one knows this better than those who have been diagnosed with diabetes or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). We all know at some point there are going to be times where you say to yourself the heck with this, I’m breaking out some Aleve, Tylenol or Motrin.

Healthy routines and a good schedule and proper diet are some simple, common sense approaches to prevention of headaches. Excessive ingesting of alcoholic beverages can cause dehydration and yes, you guessed it – the dreaded “hangover” at which point you have overindulged. Sleeping off the symptoms can decrease the severity of ill effects.

Another consideration is something as easy as good posture. When we slump, particularly when we sit for long periods of time we cause muscle fatigue and misalign our spine. As we know the spine runs from the base of our skull all the way down to our tailbone. Many workplaces are utilizing something called Ergonomics. This melds the science of properly aligned workstations to decrease muscle fatigue and decrease bodily injury due to muscle strain.

Using good body mechanics when picking up items for instance can mean the difference between a lower back injury, loss of time from work and continued productivity. What about those of who work in call centers or are receptionists dealing with multi-line switchboards. Instead of long hours spent with your head cocked to the side thereby leading to headaches and pinched nerves, wouldn’t it make great sense to invest in one of the hands-free headsets? The investment is definitely worth it due to decrease in muscle fatigue and loss of time from work.

So there you have it, some easy to use natural cures for headaches. Of course, each of these cures or remedies has many variables that affect their benefits. The important thing to remember is that over the counter medicines shouldn’t always be your first choice for a solution. Look at the cause, and attack it at it’s root, rather than treating the symptom. This is yet another part of living a Natural Health Lifestyle.

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