By Alane Archer, ND, CNC
You are going about your day, working on a project, grocery shopping, talking with friends, all is well, and then it hits! You start to feel the pressure maybe in your neck and the pressure moves up to your head and may be even 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? 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, hormone imbalances. One huge trigger for me are 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 the 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.
I take vitamins and minerals that my body needs. I also realize that when I forget to take magnesium, the 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 also linked to headaches and migraines. If you get headaches often, you may want to add magnesium oxide into your daily vitamin routine and keep some on hand for times you do get a headache.
Another vitamin that can be used for headaches is B6 . B6 is a vitamin that is used 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. 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 folic acid and b12 can also help prevent headaches.
I usually carry peppermint oil with me in my pocketbook. Peppermint is cooling and stimulates blood flow so when I do 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!
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