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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Hidden Causes of Headaches

Summary of an article by: By Jean Weiss for MSN Health & Fitness*

Perhaps you'll find something listed here that could be causing your headaches that you never thought of.

Taking too many pain meds
If you take aspirin. ibuprofen. acetaminophen or prescription pain relievers to get rid of a headache again and again, a lot on a regular basis, that can cause a rebound headache. This is where the medication you are taking for a headache perpetuates the headache because your body starts to get used to the medication, searches for it, and if it doesn’t see it, it gives you a headache.

Too much caffeine
In moderation the cup of coffee you drink help can help to relieve your headache. But if you have too much, it causes headaches. Too much can be anything more than a cup-and-a-half of coffee to one can of soda.

Blood sugar imbalance
Too many sweets or carbs paired with not enough protein can create a climate in your body for headaches. Hypoglycemia is a really common trigger of headaches. Stabilizing glucose levels can really help people and it is suggested you eat adequate amounts of protein throughout the day, starting with breakfast, because the protein will encourage stable blood sugar levels.

Eating the wrong foods
Several foods can trigger headaches, especially for people prone to migraines. Peanuts, chocolate, and red wine are common-known triggers. Some of these foods have a lot of tyramine, an amino acid that is sometimes a headache trigger. Processed meats that contain nitrates can also trigger headaches. Dairy and wheat are a lesser-known cause of headaches.

Not drinking enough fluids
Headaches are a major symptom of dehydration and drinking too much caffeine and not enough water leads to a headache for some.
Long-term chronic stress
Many headache patients who’ve been stressed for a long time may get tired, but keep going anyway

Fragrance overload
Fragrances in perfumes, lotions, soaps, candles—anything with a specific smell—can trigger headaches. People with migraines are susceptible to this.

Weather and altitude change
Headaches can happen at high altitude, so it is suggested taking a chlorophil supplement to help oxygenate their blood. A change in the weather can also cause a headache, like changes in barometric pressure.


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