Use your head

HEALTH:

Whether it’s a thumping pain, a dull throb or a full-blown migraine, chances are we’ve all experienced some form of headache from time to time.

They have a variety of individual causes (including tension, over-exertion, dehydration, excessive caffeine intake or fatigue) but these diet and lifestyle tips may help provide some natural relief.

EXERCISE:

il_570xN.240901110The right kind of physical activity can be an effective preventative measure against headaches by stimulating the release of endorphins; your body’s natural pain killers.

Try aerobics, brisk walking or swimming (although always ensure your goggles are not too tight; a common and easily rectifiable headache trigger!)

NUTRITION:

Amines are bio-chemicals involved in blood vessel constriction/dilation and are suspected to be a major factor when it comes to triggering headaches.

Amines are not only found in the brain but also in foods such as mature cheese, strawberries, shellfish, tomatoes, citrus fruits, chocolate, nuts and some meats. If you are prone to headaches, cutting down on these foods could make all the difference.

© Sarah West Nutrition

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