There are many reasons behind headaches, but if it is a pain that repeats often (more than twice a week), changes pattern, or leaves you unable to complete tasks, you should see a doctor immediately. He or she will be able to run tests that will guide you on the health reasons that may be causing the headaches - before they become chronic (1). However, if the pain is only occasional, you can try:
More hydration. Oftentimes, tension-type headaches and migraines can be triggered by dehydration. Drinking water can be the quickest, easiest, and most economical solution. (2)
Consuming black or green tea, or coffee. Caffeine can help reduce headaches and other symptoms related to mood and attention span because it influences the central nervous system. (3)
Eliminating foods rich in histamine like aged cheeses, fermented foods, beer, wine, smoked fish, and sausages. Although histamine is a chemical substance produced naturally by the body that helps the immune, digestive, and nervous systems, it has been shown to cause migraines in people who are sensitive to it. A study showed that 4 weeks of a histamine-free diet decreased the frequency, duration, and intensity of headaches, in addition to reducing other symptoms. (4)
Studies also suggest that people who have frequent migraines are often deficient in magnesium when compared to those who do not suffer from constant headaches. There is evidence that magnesium is a safe alternative to medication, with no side effects, especially for tension-type or cluster headaches. (5)
There are also studies that support CoQ10 supplementation as an effective and natural way to treat headaches, especially migraines. It has been proven that CoQ10 may be a therapeutic agent that works to shorten the duration of migraines. (6, 7)
White coat syndrome
The term sounds like a joke, right? But it’s real! White coat syndrome describes a sudden rise in blood pressure that some people experience only when they are at the doctor's office. It is associated with a fear or anxiety of visiting the doctor, and does not mean the person suffers from hypertension.
What can you do to make sure you have white coat syndrome, and not actually high blood pressure?
Take your blood pressure at home or elsewhere several times to be able to compare the results.
If your blood pressure eventually rises when you are at other places, it may be the beginning of hypertension or other related cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, sugar, high cholesterol, and triglycerides.
Maintain a healthy weight. Obesity and excess weight are one of the main triggers of elevated blood pressure.
Hibiscus tea can also be a good supplement for controlling both hypertension and hyperlipidemia (lipids in the blood), according to several scientific studies. In certain cases,consuming this tea daily has been shown to help lower blood pressure, even acting as effectively as some medications. (8)
Muscle pain after exercise
This can happen when we are out of shape or away from our regular exercise routine. It helps to prepare the body before, but also to treat it with love and extra care afterwards.
Warm up for at least 5 minutes to avoid injury, while gradually increasing heart rate and breathing.
Put warm compresses or ointment on knees, elbows, shoulders, and other sensitive areas to help warm up muscles and joints.
Use cold compresses to reduce inflammation in the muscles and joints.
After a warm bath, put on an aloe vera ointment. This provides a cooling and anti-inflammatory effect.
A little self-care and pampering can soothe away aches and pains for better days.
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7.Mohammad Parohan , Payam Sarraf , Mohammad Hassan Javanbakht , Sakineh Ranji-Burachaloo, Mahmoud Djalali .Effect of coenzyme Q10 supplementation on clinical features of migraine: a systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Nutr Neurosci. 2020 Nov;23(11):868-875. doi: 10.1080/1028415X.2019.1572940. Epub 2019 Feb 6.
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