A Deeper Look Into Headaches

According to the World Health Organization, half to three quarters of adults aged 18-65 years in the world have had a headache in the last year, and among these individuals, 30% more reported having a migraine. (link at the bottom of the page)

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Headaches, which are more prevalent than the common cold, are one of the most frequently occurring disorders. In varying degrees of intensity, most of us have had a headache, and most of us will continue to get them. Most headaches are caused by tension in the muscles of the head, shoulders, and neck. If you do have a tension headache you may feel tightness and pressure anywhere in your head and neck.

As common as headaches are, sometimes, they could be a signal of a medical emergency. If you have a headache that feels more severe than usual, and is accompanied by any or all of the following, seek immediate help:

  • Double Vision
  • Confusion or Disorientation
  • Stiff Neck
  • Vomiting
  • Paralysis
  • Vertigo
  • Fever
  • Deafness in one ear
  • Extreme fatigue

In addition to the above mentioned causes for headaches, let’s take a look at some additional root causes. Emotional stress, fatigue, allergies, sinusitis, eyestrain, and excessive intake or withdrawal from drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine can all be causes for why you’re experiencing a headache. Hormonal imbalance, constipation, poor digestion, and nutritional deficiencies can cause headaches as well.

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There is a treatment regimen or plan that you can get yourself on to combat that head discomfort you’re feeling. A proper diet is a must, and in order to avoid headaches caused by food additives, you should probably eat meals that you’ve prepared. Five smaller meals daily are recommended instead three larger ones for digestive and metabolism purposes.

Two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds with 10 ounces of water is an excellent way to start the day. Fish such a salmon and mackerel are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which may help prevent migraine headaches.

As far as supplements are concerned, magnesium, riboflavin (vitamin B2), feverfew, coenzyme Q10, and 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-htp) are highly recommended. Calcium relaxes the nervous system, the muscles, and the blood vessels, and ginkgo biloba improves circulation to the brain.

Have you noticed a common theme here? Absolutely, it’s good diet, relaxation, hydration, and living a stress-free lifestyle.

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope y’all have a blessed and healthy weekend.

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https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/headache-disorders#:~:text=Half%20to%20three%20quarters%20of,of%20the%20world’s%20adult%20population.

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