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How To Avoid Headaches?

HEADACHES: A headache can be described as pain in the neck or head. It can be a sign of many different conditions in the head or neck. Headaches are more common than any other ailment. They can disrupt school, work, or simply being able to read for a few minutes. You are not the only one suffering from headaches. There are many ways to experience headaches. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes refers to tension headaches, cluster headaches and vascular migraines.

Professional Help

These headaches could be a sign that professional help is needed, warns the Institute. When serious conditions like Aneurysms have been ruled out, we can resort to preventive measures that are more effective than the all-too common habit of popping pills. According to some reports, a single dose (of any headache medicine such as Tylenol or Aspirin) can produce the same results as a double dose. If you have an allergy to one of these medications, it may cause the pain to worsen rather than to disappear.

Take it from someone who has been there. Start with the lowest possible dose of pain medication. If you have chronic headaches, your system will become resistant to the medication and eventually require a stronger dose. So what can we do to get quick relief, improve our health, and avoid headaches? You should ensure that you don’t have any medical conditions that are triggering your headaches.


As an alternative, some studies recommend that qualified chiropractors, osteopaths, and massage therapists be sought. These treatments alleviate stress, balance the body’s energy and regulate the disturbances of the nervous system all of which can be headache-causing-factors. Our computer posture is often overlooked. We either bend over or hold our screens too high, which can cause headaches or worse, migraines.

Our posture is also prone to stooping, rather than sitting straight. To avoid pain, we need to be in a good position. We now get to the real cause of migraines and headaches.

Our Diet

Food allergies are often the most common reason. Avoiding additives and eating whole foods should be a priority. Nitrites are added to food to increase its color and shelf life. Red wine, MSG and hard cheeses as well as aged cheeses and chocolate can trigger migraines. Citrus fruits, tomatoes (they are acid), eggplant, fried foods, and foods that have been fermented or marinated in vinegar are also culprits. Two supplements can be used to counter headaches according to Jams Balch, a natural health specialist and Mark Stengler (a doctor of Naturopathy). Magnesium reduces migraines and prevents tension headaches; Riboflavin stops migraines. Consult you physician for dosages.