15 All Natural Remedies for Headaches That You Must Try Before Using Anything Else

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… Simi - December 10, 2017

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.