Migraine Headaches:  Symptoms are characterized by throbbing pain on one side of the head and often sensitivity to light and sound.  It is not unusual for migraine sufferers to experience nausea and vomiting.  Migraines may stem from a neurological disorder, but more than any other headache type, they can be triggered by diet.  Common culprits:  Anything with nitrites such as processed meats or preserved meats; histamines in beer, wine, fish and fermented foods, as well as a chemical called tyramine found in cheeses and pickled foods.  Also on the no-no list:  conventional soy sauce, anything with MSG, sour cream, peanut butter, chocolate and avocado.  Natural fixes:  The first thing is to keep a food journal to identify triggers, then eliminate those foods from your diet for several weeks and then add them back one by one and if your migraines do not come back after three days, that food in not a culprit.  Drops in blood sugar can trigger migraines so try eating several small meals throughout the day.  Vitamin B Complex, Co-Q10 and the herb feverfew work well in helping to prevent migraines.

Sinus Headaches:  Symptoms are fluid buildup in the sinuses which leads to pain across the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, behind the eyes and they often comes with a fever.  Causes are infections or inflammation of the sinus passages.  Natural fixes:  Stay well hydrated with fluids, stock up on immune boosting foods such as citrus, dark leafy greens and lots of garlic. Using a neti pot to flush your sinuses with saline solution once or twice a day is very helpful.

Tension Headaches:   A moderate dull ache that is a squeezing pain that usually strikes the temples or back of your head and neck.  Causes are stress, hormone fluctuations, poor sleep habits, dehydration and drop in blood sugar.  This is the most common type of headache.  Natural fixes:  Those caused by stress are best treated by massage, spinal manipulation and stress reduction techniques.  Other causes can be corrected by lifestyle changes.  “Sholly Sez!”

 

 

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