If you hate headaches as much as I do, you’ll want to read these tips to stay headache free! Maybe you suffer from chronic migraines or tension headaches. Or maybe sometimes you just have no idea where it came from. No matter what the cause, there are nutrients to support your body and help you stay headache free.
Magnesium helps nerve cells stay relaxed and also affects several neutrotransmitters and receptors involved in migraine attacks. There is some evidence that magnesium level is low among those who suffer from migraines. As a nutrient, it is found in whole grains such as quinoa, leafy dark green vegetables, legumes, and nuts such as almonds. Using a high quality magnesium supplement can also help you to stay headache free.
Besides its antioxidant properties, Vitamin E also improves circulation and may alleviate headaches. Nuts are a good source of Vitamin E, as are sunflower seeds.
Potassium is an electrolyte, and dramatic loss of potassium, such as through vomiting, diarrhea, or intense exercise, can cause headaches.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Riboflavin supplementation seems to help reduce the number of migraine attacks. For any migraine sufferer looking to stay headache free, a reduction in frequency of attacks is a great place to start. However, it does not appear to reduce the pain or the duration of an attack. Food sources of riboflavin include green vegetables, nuts, and whole grains.
It seems so simple, and yet it’s true: being dehydrated can give you headaches. If you find it hard to drink large amounts of water at once, keep a reusable water bottle with you all day and take regular sips from it.
Know Your Headache Triggers
While actual causes vary from one person to the next, the following items are considered typical headache triggers:
- lack of sleep or irregular sleep schedule
- skipping meals or irregular mealtime
- excessive stress
- artificial sweeteners
- alcohol, especially beer or wine
- MSG or monosodium glutamate
- aged cheeses, such as blue cheese
- smoked or cured meats
Headache has many possible causes and triggers, so prevention or treatment differs from one person to the next. Look through the list of nutrients above to see if you may be missing some of the food sources of these nutrients. The good thing is, many of these headache-busting foods also contain other nutrients that will benefit your overall health as well as helping you to stay headache free.