If you get frequent Headaches and Migraines, there is however something you should consider right up front and chances are it will work for you just like it has worked for many others – food Allergies!
When searching for natural Headache Relief – begin with prevention and start with food Allergies. Of course, if your Headaches have been caused by physical Trauma, then skip to the last few paragraphs for some of our other natural Headache Relief suggestions.
According to many health professionals, food Allergies and hypoglycaemia are the major cause of Headaches. In fact they are the primary cause of Migraines and sinus Headaches can often be caused by Allergies to pollen and milk products.
In order to find out the Allergy, best to see a health care professional and keep a food diary to help you determine the foods that may act as triggers. Wheat and dairy are the logical starting points.
Instead of waiting for a headache, take your pulse after eating separate foods at the15, 30 and 60 minutes after you eat a single food item. An elevated pulse rate of more than 10 beats is an indicator you are Allergic to that food and this could be the cause of your headache.
Foods to Avoid
In addition to the foods you may have an Allergy to, you should also avoid simple carbohydrates and caffeine – consume more protein instead.
Drink Plenty of Water
Always make sure you are well hydrated. Many Headaches can develop through dehydration and most people do not drink enough water.
Massage & Acupressure
Gentle massage of the neck, shoulders and near the affected area can be beneficial – get a professional to show you (and your partner) where to massage. Certain Acupressure points may bring about almost instant relief.
Acupuncture is particularly successful for Chronic Pain relief and is definitely worth trying.
A moderate amount of Exercise may be very helpful – particularly for persistent and mild Headaches. When you Exercise, the body produces natural pain killers called endorphins. Stress reduction from exercising is also a factor in natural Headache Relief.
The most frequently used oils for natural Headache Relief include – Grapefruit, Lavender, Marjoram, Basil, Eucalyptus Globulus and Eucalyptus Radiata, Melissa, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Helichrysum and Ylang Ylang. The oils can be inhaled, massaged, used as a rub or in a cold compress or added to a bath.
Supplements and Nutrition
Reduce your intake of sugar, simple carbohydrates, caffeine and fried foods and increase your protein intake.
- 90 essential nutrients – includes B group Vitamins, Vitamin C, Choline, flax seed oil and the minerals chromium and vanadium.
- Digestive enzymes
About the author
Paul Newland is a health writer, sports training consultant and Martial Arts instructor and runs the Global-Longevity.com website. He is the author of numerous health information books and guides, including the Wellness Report, The Ultimate Antioxidant Report, The Selenium Report, The Ultimate Nutrient Guide and The Essential Fatty Acid Report and The Ultimate Sports Nutrition Guide - available Free (for a limited time) through Global-Longevity.com