By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC
You are going about your day, and having to find quick headache relief was not part of your plan. You were working on a project, grocery shopping, talking with friends, all is well, and then it hits! You start feeling the pressure in your neck, and the pressure moves up to your head and starts to affect your eyes. The lights begin to bother you, and sounds start to annoy you. It is happening again! You were merely going about your day, and now you are getting another nasty headache!
Ever wonder what can trigger a headache and what can bring on quick headache relief? Some triggers for headaches can be temperature changes where you are going from cool and comfy to overly warm, fatigue, eye strain, food intolerance, vitamin deficiency, stress, and even hormone imbalances. One massive trigger for me is the days I go to the mall. I dress cool, to begin with, but the stores and dressing rooms always seem to be overly warm. As time goes on, I will notice a headache coming on, and if I do not leave or cool off quickly, I will get a bad one. For me, headache relief is coming home, changing into shorts and a tee-shirt, and drinking some cold water.
Specific vitamins and minerals can help prevent a headache and help you find quicker headache relief. I do not ever want to run out of magnesium! And if I forget to take magnesium, headaches seem to happen more. Magnesium is an essential mineral that helps the bones, blood pressure, energy, prevents muscles from cramping, and low magnesium is linked to headaches and migraines. If you get headaches often, you may want to add magnesium at bedtime into your daily vitamin routine and keep some on hand for times you do get a headache. Magnesium Glycinate is gentle on the bowels, and Citrate helps the bowels move easier.
Another vitamin that can be used for headache relief is B6. B6 is a vitamin that is known to help the immune system make antibodies to fight disease. B6 contains chemicals that are needed for the body to use neurotransmitters properly. Neurotransmitters are serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Low serotonin can be seen in people that suffer from regular headaches and depression. B6 is thus needed for the nervous system to function correctly. Low B6 may have other effects on the brain, which can lead to headaches and or migraines. Other vitamins like folate and b12 can also help prevent headaches.
I usually carry peppermint oil with me in my pocketbook for quick uh-oh headache relief. Peppermint is cooling and stimulates blood flow, so when I get a headache, I rub some on my forehead, and it starts to help. Lavender oil is another headache remedy that you can carry with you. You can use it alone or with peppermint oil and rub it on your forehead, temples, and the back of your neck when symptoms begin.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated! Dehydration can change a fun day to a headache day! I tend to carry a large water bottle everywhere I go, and if I get overheated, I put a packet of electrolytes in it.
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