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What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of A Headache?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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What is the best way to get rid of a headache? A headache is such a common condition that we all deal with. And we all want to be able to pop a pill quick and make the headache symptoms go away. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen that way. There are a lot of different type of headaches as there is the moderate one, severe one and then the ultimate migraine that we all hope we never get.

What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of A Headache?

The Home Remedies To Take That Will Help With Frequent Headaches.

  • Magnesium. Taking magnesium is a remedy that can help to relieve your headache. There have been studies that has shown that taking 600 mgs of magnesium per day can reduce the severity of your headaches.
  • Water. Drinking water and staying hydrated can help with minimizing your headache. Most of the time people that have headaches is because they are dehydrated. Once they drink water and hydrate themselves their headaches typically go away within 30 minutes to 3 hours.
  • Sleep. Sleep deprivation can cause unnecessary headaches, so it is important to get around 7 to 8 hours of sleep per day.
  • Alcohol. Try to reduce or minimize your alcohol intake. Studies have shown that alcohol can trigger migraines in a 1/3 of people. Alcohol can act like a diuretic and dehydrate you and that is how the headaches can occur.
  • Limit Foods That Are High In Histamine. Studies have shown that foods that are high in histamine can cause migraines. Those foods are expired cheeses, beer, fermented food, wine, etc. And there are some people that are allergic to that. And that allergic reaction can cause migraines.
  • Using Lavender Essential Oils. Lavender essential oils can be impactful with reducing migraine pains and symptoms.
  • Caffeine. Drinking caffeinated coffee or tea can provide relief when you experience a headache. If you consume substantial amounts of caffeine through drinking coffee, you can also experience caffeine withdrawal which can potentially lead to headaches.
  • Yoga. Practicing yoga is one of the best ways to relieve tension and stress. There was a study done on 60 people who had migraines who incorporated yoga therapy. And the other group incorporated regular conventional means to relieve their migraine. The group that did the yoga therapy reduced their migraines significantly compared to the conventional group.
  • Taking A B-Complex Vitamin. Some B vitamins have shown a positive effect on headaches. Research has shown that B-12, B2, B6, etc. has shown to reduce headache effects.
  • Diet. Be mindful of your diet and what types of foods may trigger your headaches. Incorporate a daily food diary and document all the foods you eat, so you can see what the reaction is. Their may be a certain food that you are allergic to that may give you migraine headaches.
  • Exercise. Incorporating some form of exercise can help with reducing headaches. There was a large study with 92,000 people that showed a low level of physical activity was associated with increased headaches.
  • Using a Cold Compress. Applying a cold or frozen compress to your neck or head area can decrease the inflammation and reduce headache pain.

What Is The Best Way To Get Rid Of A Headache?

“Incorporating some form of exercise can help with reducing headaches.”- Celebrity Fitness Expert Obi Obadike

The Bottom Line is there are many natural remedies that you can do to help relieve headaches. And healthy food, supplements, rest, sleep, are all positive lifestyle habits you can incorporate to rid yourself of a headache or migraine before consulting a doctor.

References

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