12. Tart Cherries
Cherries contain quercetin, a compound with strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. One of the benefits of quercetin is that helps when your body is stressed, a primary cause of tension headaches. When stress levels are high, cortisol is produced by the body and if this is ongoing, the cortisol has many negative effects on your body. The quercetin can help fight these negative effects because it can suppress the enzyme that causes the cortisol to be released.
Athletes have long been using tart cherry juice to get relief from post-exercise muscle pain and reduce inflammation. In a 2010 study, it was found that runners who downed cheery juice before a race reported much less post-exercise pain. Now, people have realized that it is a wonderful remedy for relieving headaches.
All you need to calm a headache are 20 tart cherries. Who knew that your favorite fruit could help you to get rid of your headaches? A small glass of tart cherry juice contains about 20 cherries, enough to offer relief. If it’s a little too tart for you, mix it with a little bit of mineral water to dilute the tartness. Tart cherry juice capsules are also available for those who don’t like drinking the juice.
It is believed that the anti-inflammatory properties of cherries act similarly to that of over-the-counter medications used for headache relief such as ibuprofen. So far, no research has revealed any negative effects from tart cherries. However, people using blood thinners or those using blood pressure medications should consult with their doctors before using. If you are a healthy person, taking a shot of tart cherry or using a cherry supplement may just work for you.
Reflexology is a traditional Chinese healing art. Certain zones on the feet are massaged to bring about healing in corresponding zones in the body. Scientists may not know why reflexology works but it appears to be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including headaches. There is a headache-relieving pressure points to be found on the feet.
The fingers or thumbs are used on specific pressure points to promote elimination of toxins and to clear any blockages in the flow of energy in the body. The head area is represented in the toes. The neck is represented in the crease between the base of the toes and the foot. The area immediately below the little toe represents your shoulder.
If you have a headache in your left temple, massage the area between your big toe and second toe on your right foot and vice versa. Massage both feet if the pain is on both sides of the head. The reason you rub the opposite foot is that the energy meridians are believed to cross over at the neck.
Another pressure point is found in the webbing between the big toe and the second toe. Slide your thumb above the place where the bones of the two toes intersect. Press down and hold for a minute. Press the point where the little toe and one next to it intersect to relieve headaches running up the side of the head. Massaging the tops of your big toes can help to relieve sinus headaches.
14. Drink enough water
Many of us experience the dehydrating effects of drinking too much coffee, too many fizzy drinks, and too much alcohol. We don’t drink enough water and because we drink all these other drinks, we often have headaches simply caused by dehydration. The body needs a proper balance of fluids and electrolytes to function properly and we lose water daily by urinating and sweating.
Most people need between four and six cups of water a day. It’s easy to simply increase the amount of water we drink and reduce drinking these other drinks like coffee. If you feel a headache coming on, drink a full glass of water to rule out dehydration as a cause. When you’ve been sweating, drink water to replace what you’ve lost. Otherwise, spread out your water drinking throughout the day to remain constantly hydrated.
Fruits and vegetables with a high water content can also help you to stay hydrated. Some of them like cucumbers have a water content of over 90 percent. Other veggies with high water content are zucchini, celery, radishes, green peppers, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, and eggplant. Some fruits with high water content are watermelon, grapefruit, strawberries, oranges, and cantaloupe.
If you experience what you feel are dehydration headaches on a regular basis, you should see your doctor to rule out any underlying causes. When severe dehydration occurs, due to extreme vomiting, diarrhea or other causes, you may need medical care to prevent serious complications. You will usually be treated intravenously. Even mild dehydration, however, can cause a dehydration headache and this is very easy to remedy.
15. Stretching and moving
When you stay in a position for a long time, such as sitting at a desk, it can cause tension and create headaches. Even hunching over to examine a cell phone can put pressure on your neck and lead to a severe tension headache. No wonder so many of us suffer from tension headaches! Stretching can help significantly. A 2012 study that measured the results of stretching in a 12-month program found that headaches decreased in frequency and intensity by 69 percent.
One easy way to avoid this is to make sure that you take a break every half hour. Stand up, move around and stretch. Move your head from side to side to help relieve a build-up of stress. Turn your head to the left and hold for a couple of seconds and then turn to the right and hold. Repeat this 10 times each way. This stretch is good for the little joints on the side of the neck.
There are many exercises that can be done at work without access to any fancy equipment. Another exercise that can help is a chin tuck and stretch. Bend the head forwards with your right hand and guide your chin towards your chest with your left hand. You will feel the stretch at the back of your neck. Hold for 30 seconds and repeat several times.
Finish off your stretching exercises with some shoulder rolls. Roll them forward five times and backward five times to loosen up the muscles. Always try to remember that bad posture, poor ergonomics, reduced flexibility, repetitive actions and increased anxiety and stress can play havoc with your body and cause headaches so try to be conscious of this and take preventative measures.