|Everyone gets a headache at one time or another in
their life. Common causes of headache include stress;
tension; anxiety; allergies;
constipation; coffee consumption;
eyestrain; hunger; sinus pressure; muscle tension; hormonal
imbalances; temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome; trauma to the
head; nutritional deficiencies; the use of alcohol,
drugs, or tobacco - smoking; fever; and
exposure to irritants such as pollution, perfume, or aftershaves.
Headache experts estimate that about 90% of all headaches are tension
headaches and 6% are migraines. Tension headaches, as the name
implies, are caused by muscular tension. Migraines
result from a disturbance in the blood circulation to the brain.
Another type of headache is the cluster headache. These are severe,
recurring headaches that strike over million Americans.
Headaches that occur often may be a sign of an underlying health
problem. People who suffer from frequent headaches may be reacting to
certain foods and food additives, such as wheat, chocolate, monosodium
glutamate (MSG), sulfites (used in restaurants on salad bars), sugar,
hot dogs, luncheon meats, dairy products, nuts, citric acid, fermented
foods (cheeses, sour cream, yogurt), alcohol, vinegar, and/or
marinated foods. Other possibilities to consider are anemia,
bowel problems, brain disorders, tooth-grinding or "bruxism
", hypertension, high
blood pressure, hypoglycemia "low blood sugar", sinusitis,
spinal misalignment, vitamin B deficiency, and diseases of the eye,
nose, and/or throat. (see chart of headache types below)
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|a natural good
multi-vitamin and mineral supplement will contain these and other items listed:
vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium,
magnesium, and potassium. A daily supplement provides nutrients required
for good general health and well being.
with headaches are not getting enough vitamin E. It aids in
vitamins are very important for the proper function of your brain
and nervous system.
Supplements with natural vitamin B can help with headache and
anxiety problems and disorders.
|the herb Ginkgo biloba
can improve circulation to the brain, and thus may be helpful
for certain types of headache
| is a natural tranquilizer is best used
|has a calming effect and works
on the nervous system of people with headaches, depression, and
related problems. Note that a magnesium and vitamin B combination works well.
essential fatty acids
good circulation and helps with inflammation and pain. For
those with high blood pressure and hypertension related
headaches can help stabilize the blood pressure.
|very important for the adrenal glands to work
good can normally be found in a good multi-vitamin mineral
to calm and sooth the nerves
often used in stress, migraine headache, and relaxation. Herbal blends that may
also serve to relieve anxiety, and worry as well,
TYPES OF HEADACHE
at the back of the head or neck, made worse by
movement; inflammation of joints and shoulder and/or
pain in forehead and throbbing temples.
overeating; lack of exercise.
cleansing may be helpful
pain caused by blood vessels that
a small amount of caffeine,
then taper off
to common migraine, but preceded by
auras such as visual disturbances, numbness in arms or
legs, smelling of strange odors, hallucinations
or contraction of blood vessels of the brain
vera or Gingko biloba
throbbing pain, often on one side of the head; nausea;
vomiting; cold hands; dizziness; sensitivity to light
or contraction of blood vessels of the brain
vera or Gingko biloba
headache during or after physical exertion such as
running or sexual intercourse, or passive exertion
such as sneezing or coughing.
migraine or cluster headaches About 10% are related to
organic diseases such as tumors or blood vessel
nutritional supplements; apply
ice packs at the site of pain.
bilateral, frontal pain.
muscle imbalance; uncorrected vision; astigmatism.
Supplementation may help include vitamin A see NutraPack
develops with fever due to
inflammation of blood vessels of the head.
fever, apply ice packs. Supplentation with vitamin
C and vitamin E
with throbbing pain and nausea.
dilation of blood
vessels in the brain.
plenty of quality water and fruit juices. Apply ice to
just before mealtime due to low blood sugar, muscle
tension, and rebound dilation of blood vessels,
regular meals with adequate
amounts of complex carbohydrates and protein.
generalized pain affecting a large area
of the head and aggravated by movement or exertion.
blood pressure under control see Advanced
pain shortly before, during, or after menstruation, or
at midcycle, at time of ovulation.
supplements of vitamin B6,
potassium, and extra magnesium.
nagging pain over nasal/sinus area, often increasing
in severity as the day goes by. Fever and discolored
mucus may be present.
nasal polyps, food allergies. Often caused by blocked
sinus ducts or acute sinus infection
intake of vitamins A and C; use moist heat to help get
sinuses to drain.
above-ear, or facial pain muscle contraction of one
side of face; clicking or popping of jaw neck or upper
back pain temple pain upon awakening
bite), jaw clenching
stress use relaxation
techniques, biofeedback, nutritional
supplements ice packs
Consult physician for steroid therapy
pain in one area or all over the
head sore muscles with trigger points in neck and
upper back lightheadedness dizziness The most common
type of headache.
anxiety, worry depression
anger food allergies, poor posture
ice packs on neck and upper
back, take supplements of vitamin C with bioflavonoids
DLPA bromelain magnesium, and primrose oil.
jabbing pains around the mouth, jaw, or forehead. More
common in women over 55 years old
some cases, surgery may be necessary
Other Changes To Make
drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or
filtered water a day
eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)
nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good
juice is good (make your
own with a juice machine)
do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods
carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack
a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)
do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks
do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...
use stress relief like going for walks in the park
(or the 10/90 rule - see
brown rice is good to eat
avoid red meat and animal fats
reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others
fast a few days a month
get at least 8 hours of sleep
exercise light to moderate amounts
avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet
do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke
do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal
do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry
do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else