We all have problems with headaches, and many use pills immediately to get rid of them. Before you do that, try a few natural ways.
Tension headaches are the most common type. They occur when the muscles of the scalp, face or neck are tightened and the nerves are pressed.
This type of headache is characterized by a constant pain which starts from the front or from the back of the head, and can be expanded to the whole head. Possible causes are stress, poor posture (particularly back and neck) and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Other type headaches are migraines. These are vascular headaches (associated with the dynamic expansion and contraction of blood vessels) that are characterized by throbbing and sharp pain in the head. People suffering from migraines sometimes have symptoms such as tingling in their body, a feeling of numbness in various parts of the body, blurred vision, bright spots before the eyes, they are upset, tired, or cannot think. Migraines are more common with women.
Solution for instant relief
Dr. Lawrence Robbins, and Dr. Fred Seftel, co-founders of the Center for Headache in Stamford recommend ice. In acute attacks, it brings instant relief, alleviating the pressure of swollen blood vessels in the nerve, blocking the transmitting pain in the brain and reducing the metabolic rate, which reduces the contraction of muscles. You can take the ice cubes from the refrigerator, wrap them in a thin paper towel and put it on the sore spot. There are plastic bags that are filled with water and freeze in the refrigerator so that you can always have close to your hand. Keep the ice on the sore spot for a while, and remove and put back a little later. This procedure should not be used for more than 20 minutes per treatment.
Essential mint oil is also effective. Rub a little of this oil on my temples. Its effect can be improved if you mix it with essential lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary oils.
Pressing the point between the thumb and forefinger is an acupuncture method that is associated with headaches. Touch to feel whether there is a sore spot on the fleshy area between the thumb and forefinger, and then press that spot and place your thumb and index finger right there. You will feel a twinge. However, pregnant women do not need to press that point.
Diet and lifestyle for permanent improvement
Eat healthy – natural food which must include fresh and cooked vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. This amount will not include sodas, coffee and alcohol.
Physical activity should be obligatory each day – walking, jogging, bike, sports etc.
Daily devote at least 10-15 minutes of relaxation techniques – deep breathing, yoga, visualization, meditation.
Avoid sugar (other than that in the fruits), alcohol and caffeine, or at least reduce the amount you consume.
Test yourself for allergies – they can cause a headache. If it is determined that you are allergic to a certain food or substance, avoid it.
In particular, beware of monosodium glutamate-because it can cause headaches with sensitive people, especially those prone to migraines. American physician Dr. Gerard Gilori claims the following: “80 percent of my patients are able to avoid migraines when they kicked monosodium glutamate-out food.” It is particularly common in Chinese cuisine (that is used routinely), industrial mixtures of spices and the like. Read the description. In some descriptions it is not mentioned monosodium glutamate-but “hydrolyzed protein”, “yeast extract”, “maltodextrins”, “autolyzed yeast” – it’s the same thing.
The best way to avoid this ingredient is not to use industrially processed, packaged foods, but to make homemade meals from fresh ingredients.
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