9 Foods You Can Eat That Prevent Headaches
Watermelon, almonds, and yes even coffee.
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Headaches are the worst – and simply put, happen to everyone. Headaches often indicate poor sleep, dehydration, hunger, or even in more severe cases can be an indication for illnesses and/or disease. As many of us become more self-conscious about our health and how we can prevent getting sick, we should start incorporating these foods to become proactive. These foods are helpful in preventing (and curing) headaches and should be highly considered by those who consistently have them. In reality, who wants to be taking pain killers for the rest of their lives?
1. Sesame Seeds
These seeds are rich in Vitamin E which help stabilize estrogen levels during PMS. Sesame seeds on burger buns don’t count.
Since watermelon is rich in water and the majority of headaches are caused by dehydration, having a cup a day can reduce headaches overtime.
Stress-related headaches are felt all the way through the tension in your neck and can be easily relieved with CoenzymeQ10, which is an antioxidant that supports your mitochondria. If you feel your temples tensing, have a couple of hard boiled eggs, some water, and take 10 minutes of deep-breathing and you’re good to go.
There are two parts to this: 1, too much coffee can become counteractive and can increase the severity of a headache overtime but for immediate relief a single cup can cause the blood vessels to the brain to reduce in size thus alleviating this symptom.
5. Whole Grains
Often times, we forget to eat which reduces energy supplied to the brain. When the brain is short of energy this can also cause the body to deplete glycogen stores and become dehydrated which can result in a headache. If this is the case, reach for whole grain bread and/or oats.
Since almonds are rich in magnesium and selenium, they provide relief from headaches and migraines. Magnesium is especially helpful for women during their menstrual cycle as it calms the nerves.
7. Hot Peppers
It would seem as though spicy foods provide a contrary effect but if the headache is due to congestion then having spicy foods can open up airways and decrease the pressure.
Mushrooms are a source of riboflavin which helps the production of red blood cells. Often those who suffer from vitamin B2 deficiency will become migraine sufferers as well. Riboflavin can restore energy at a cellular level enhances energy absorption thus, relieving headaches.
Spinach can be easily added to smoothies, omelettes, stirfry’s, and more. Since spinach can decrease blood pressure, it can alleviate headaches.