Who among us haven’t suffered from headache at some point! You might look around at work on a Monday morning expecting everyone to be full of energy after the weekend. Surprise! Maybe almost half your co-workers might be in a cranky mood with some headaches. You might be out with your friends on a Friday night, enjoying the music and drinks when all of a sudden someone from the group gets up and leaves home complaining from a headache.
The truth is there are somel headache triggers that can be dealt with easily:
- The weekend! When someone changes their sleep patterns and the time of coffee intake his/her body has been used over the week, headache happens. This is called caffeine withdrawal.
- Fighting with your partner! These fights might make you anxious, leading to shorter breaths and hence less oxygen intake. This will lead to a constriction of blood vessels causing headaches. This is called tension headaches. Fights are going to happen; so, you would better learn a breathing technique that can help.
- Computer and other screens can put pressure on the eyes due to changes in the screen brightness. Also, posture plays a big role. Prevent this kind of headache by taking small breaks and going for walks.
- Gasoline!!! Several people have a sensitivity to gasoline or other smells such as perfumes and tobacco.
- Ponytails! These can exert tension of the scalp leading to headaches.
- Fasting and dehydration!
- FOOD! There are certain food types that can cause headaches such as:
- Tyramine-containing food such as aged cheese, alcohol, aged meat…
- Preservatives such as nitrates can cause dilatation of blood vessels.
- Cold food sensitivity such as ice creams (especially after exercising or during hot weather)
- Cultured dairy products
There are several herbs that can help soothe a headache such as peppermint and passionflower. Another natural remedy would be to mix 1 tbsp milk with 1/2 tsp ginger powder and apply it where it hurts.