Many people suffer with headaches, and although drugs may help cover the symptoms, they don’t address the cause of your problem. Read on to find out more about natural ways to address the cause of your headaches.
Many people do not realize it, but dehydration is a real problem, and one of the most common symptoms of dehydration is headaches. Dehydration can be the root cause for headaches or it can exacerbate other issues that are causing your headaches, making them more frequent and more intense than they would be if you were properly hydrated. Most people should consumer half of their body weight in fluid ounces of water each day. For example, if you weigh 200lbs, you should consume 100 fl. Oz. of water daily – and you need to drink more if you drink coffee, soda, or other caffeinated, sugary beverages.
- Supplements: Magnesium, B-Vitamins
Several studies suggest that many people who suffer from headaches (especially migraines) are deficient in magnesium. A magnesium supplement is a safe, drug-free way to help alleviate headaches. B-Vitamins are important for many neurological functions and have also been tied to migraines. Although we find B-Vitamins in many of our foods, many Americans are still deficient. Check with your health care provider to make sure any supplement is safe for you.
Muscle tension in the neck and skull is another very common cause for headaches. As our lives continue to become more sedentary and we spend more and more time bent over looking at computers, phones, and tablets, the muscles in our necks and upper backs are worked harder and harder. This can cause severe tightness and tension which tugs and pulls on our skull, leading to tension headaches. Stretching the neck, shoulders, and upper back can help alleviate this tension and relieve headaches.
- Essential Oils
Although essential oils are not fully studied or understood, many people swear by them as a relief for many ailments, including headaches. Peppermint oil and lavender oil are two of the most common and most efficient oils used by people suffering from headaches. Essential oils have little to no side effects and might work for you.
- Chiropractic Adjustments
Subluxations (or misaligned spinal bones) can cause stress and tension on your muscles and nerves. When subluxations occur in the neck, the nerves that go to your brain and skull can be irritated, causing a number of different types of headaches. Chiropractic adjustments help relieve tension and stress on your nervous system, allowing your nerves and muscles to relax. Even better, chiropractic care is drug-free and surgery-free.
Article by Hamilton Dowden, D.C.