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How To Get Rid Of A Headache Without Medicine

How To Get Rid Of A Headache Without Medicine

We have all had those days when we feel weighed down by a persistent headache. These headaches can be so bothersome that they make even the most mundane and simple tasks feel daunting and impossible. Common causes of headaches include stress, tension, restlessness, sinus problems, migraines, lack of sleep and dehydration. Medical treatment may at times be necessary, but on other occasions alternative remedies can prove to be highly beneficial. Natural home remedies can provide you with instant pain relief that will leaving feeling like you can face the rest of your day purposefully. Here are 12 natural remedies that will help you get rid of a headache.

Apart from the ways to get rid of a headache, you may also want to know more about the headache you’re suffering from:

Tension Headache: Understanding Of The Most Common Headache

Cluster Headaches: How To Deal With The Worst Headache

Sinus Headache: Symptoms, Causes And Natural Reliefs

Mom Tips: How To Relive Headaches During Pregnancy

1. Water

drink water

    Often headaches are caused by dehydration. This type of headache can be treated by simply rehydrating your body. You can drink a glass of water when you first experience the symptoms of a headache and continue taking sips throughout the day. You may also like to try drinking a sports drinks. Sports drinks contain electrolytes which can help relieve tension and rehydrate the body. It is important to avoid drinks such as alcohol and coffee as these types of drinks can further dehydrate the body.

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    2. Try Ice or Hot Pack

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      If you have a headache that is caused by sinus problems, then a cold compress is a great solution. The ice pack, when placed on your forehead, will numb the area and thus stop the pain. You can make an ice pack by wrapping some ice cubs in a thin towel.  You can also use a bag of frozen vegetables, but never apply ice directly on your skin. Hold the ice back to your head for a few minutes.

      Using a heat back will help relax tense muscles, so if you are suffering from a stress headache then a heat pack is a great solution. You can apply a hot water bag to the back of your neck or you can fill a tub with hot water and put your hands in it for 10-15 minutes. If you suffer from chronic headaches, then you may want to make a habit of dipping your legs in a bucket filled with hot water for 10 minutes before bed. Hot foot bath can improve our circulation and remove the blockage in the nasal passage so it is especially useful for headache caused by sinusitis.[1]

      3.  Niacin (Vitamin B3)

      niacin

        Niacin (Vitamin B3) rich foods are effective in the treatment of headaches and migraines. A study published by the Journal of Orthomolecular Medicine in 2003 found that niacin facilitates blood flow to the head by expanding blocked arteries.[2] Pain should subsite a few minutes after taking niacin. Niacin can be found in chicken, tuna, salmon, criminy mushroom, peanuts, barley, bulgur, whole wheat, sunflower seeds, green vegetable, liver and more. Niacin may also be taken as a vitamin supplement. Excessive intake of niacin can result in ulcer and liver problems so it should be taken carefully and only in moderate quantities.[3]

        4. Almonds

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          Almonds act as a pain reliever as they contain salicin. Salicin is a pain blocker that is found in over the counter pain killers. Almonds are effective as a treatment for the pain experienced when you suffer from a headache and may also be used as a preventive treatment. You can try eating a handful or two of almonds when you feel a headache starting to set in.[4]

           5.  Ginger Root

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          gingerr

            Prostaglandin synthesis is a process that takes place in humans. It involves the creation of lipid (Fat) compounds within cells. These fatty substances are like chemical messengers. They trigger biological process such as inflammation and alerting neurons to pain. Some drugs such as aspirin inhibit prostaglandin synthesis. Gingerroot is a natural substance that also inhibits the synthesis. In other words gingerroot can work to prevent the process that alerts your neurons that pain is present.[5] Thus it stops our body from recognizing and responding when headaches occur. It can also help elevate feelings of nausea.

            You can simply chew on a piece of ginger root or drink some ginger root tea.

            6. Peppermint

            Health-benefits-of-Peppermint-Tea

              Peppermint has calming and soothing properties that can aid in the treatment of a headache. Peppermint can be taken as a tea or you can use peppermint oil. Peppermint oil can be massaged gently into your temples, jaw and the back of your neck. In addition, you may like to inhale peppermint steam. This can be very beneficial and can also help with symptoms that often accompany headaches such as nausea and vomiting.

              7. Add Pressure

              pressurepoint

                When you feel the first inklings of a headache place a bit of pressure on your craniosacral system. You can do this by pressing with your fingers on certain migraine-specific spots. This can help your brain to rest and relax. By increasing pressure in the cranium tension that builds up in your brain is sent elsewhere.[6]

                8. Slip into Darkness

                Take-rest-in-a-quiet-dark-room

                  Light can prove to be very painful when you are suffering from a headache. Migraines (and headaches) are most often caused by sensory stimuli. Light is one such stimuli. Shutting out light can bring instant and dramatic relief. If you turn down the blinds or shut off a few lights in your room, you can help to reduce the pain of your headache. You may also like to wear a pair of sunglasses. These can be worn indoors and outdoors and they protect from both natural and unnatural light.[7]

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                  9. Acupuncture

                  Acupuncture therapy - alternative medicine. Portrait of a beautiful woman in acupuncture therapy

                    In acupuncture thin needles are inserted under the skin. According to Chinese medicine this is meant to realign the flow of energy (or qi) in the body.  An analysis, known as a Cochrane review found that acupuncture is just as effective in preventing acute migraines as drug treatments.[8] This review also says that the evidence suggests that acupuncture can help people with frequent episodic or chronic tension-type headaches.[9]

                    10. Meditation

                    meditation

                      There data on the effect of meditation on headaches and migraines remains limited; however, a small study of people with migraines found that spiritual meditation reduced headache frequency and improved pain tolerance.[10]

                      It was reported: “Compared to the other three groups, [Internally Focused Secular Meditation, Externally Focused Secular Meditation, or Muscle Relaxation] those who practiced spiritual meditation had greater decreases in the frequency of migraine headaches, anxiety, and negative affect, as well as greater increases in pain tolerance, headache-related self-efficacy, daily spiritual experiences, and existential well being”.[11]

                      Thus, you may want to invest energy in learning spiritual meditation as it may prove to be an effective way to prevent and treat the pain associated with headaches and migraines.

                      11. Massage

                      Woman having head massage

                        A study found that when they received six weekly massage sessions, people who suffered from migraines had less frequent migraines and better sleep, during the massage weeks and the following three weeks than the control group.[12] You may like to try rubbing your temples or getting a neck, back, head or shoulder massage to treat your headache or migraine.

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                        12. Stretching

                        head stretch

                          Specific headache-relieving stretches can help to relieve muscle tension that can be a big contributor to the pain. Here are some quick stretches you can try next time you feel a headache looming:
                          1. Neck range of motion (chin forward, upward, and toward each shoulder)

                          2. Shoulder shrugs (shrug up, up and forward, and up and back)

                          3. Neck isometrics (press palm into forehead and hold; press hand on each side of the head)

                          For the best results you should stretch twice a day for 20 minutes each time.[13]

                          Try some or all of these headache remedies and you will be sure to get rid of a headache in no time.

                          Featured photo credit: Tiko Aramyan via shutterstock.com

                          Reference

                          [1] http://www.ucheepines.org/hot-foot-bath/
                          [2] http://www.livestrong.com/article/381378-niacin-and-migraines/
                          [3] http://home-cure.net/home-cure-migraine-headaches-natural-remedies/
                          [4] http://everydayroots.com/headache-remedies
                          [5] http://everydayroots.com/headache-remedies
                          [6] http://home-remedies.wonderhowto.com/how-to/10-ways-get-rid-migraine-fast-without-any-medicine-0163408/
                          [7] http://home-remedies.wonderhowto.com/how-to/10-ways-get-rid-migraine-fast-without-any-medicine-0163408/
                          [8] http://www.cochrane.org/CD001218/SYMPT_acupuncture-preventing-migraine-attacks
                          [9] http://www.cochrane.org/CD007587/SYMPT_acupuncture-tension-type-headache
                          [10] http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20538298,00.html
                          [11] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18551362
                          [12] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16827629
                          [13] http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20538298,00.html

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                          Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                          Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                          Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                          Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                          If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                          When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                          In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                          1. Salmon

                          Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                          It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                          Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                          Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                          Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                          Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                          2. Blueberries

                          Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                          Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                          Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                          Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                          Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                          3. Turmeric

                          Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                          Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                          Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                          Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                          Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                          • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                          • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                          • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                          • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                          4. Coffee

                          Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                          Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                          Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                          Coffee can also:

                          • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                          • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                          • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                          • Improve your memory.
                          • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                          5. Broccoli

                          What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                          Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                          Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                          Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                          Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                          6. Bone broth

                          Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                          Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                          Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                          Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                          Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                          With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                          Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                          7. Walnuts

                          Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                          Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                          Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                          Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                          8. Eggs

                          For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                          Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                          Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                          9. Dark chocolate

                          You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                          Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                          Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                          Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                          Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                          Conclusion

                          Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                          In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                          If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                          Reference

                          [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                          [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                          [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                          [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                          [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                          [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                          [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                          [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                          [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                          [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                          [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                          [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                          [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                          [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                          [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                          [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                          [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                          [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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