If you suffer from headaches, you know you would do anything to minimize the pain and discomfort. However, did you know that chronic inflammation can lead to these headaches and migraines? Below are a few steps you can take now to both understand and reduce the triggers and possible sources of inflammation.
2. Stay active – Consider doing something more gentle on your body such as a long walk or yoga. Personally, I have found that intense workouts and lifting heavy weights can trigger neck and shoulder tension, so I prefer to stick with brisk walking to get my heart pumping.
3. Don’t keep erratic eating habits – As with our sleep, our eating patterns control many hormonal processes that can increase the risk of headaches. Low blood sugar dips were a HUGE trigger for me.
4. Stay hydrated– Make water your new BFF if it isn’t already. If I’m dehydrated, I can feel a headache come on quite quickly. Shoot for at least 6-8 glasses a day. If you don’t like drinking it straight, try adding some sugar-free cranberry juice or lemons for flavor.
5. Limit caffeine and alcohol use, as they are known causes of headaches.
6. Manage emotional stress. Anxiety and worry can cause/worsen headaches. Migraine sufferers are sensitive to stressful events, which prompts the release of certain chemicals in the brain which provoke vascular changes and can result in migraines.
7. Go preservative, additive, processed, and gluten free. In fact, these unhealthy ingredients are often responsible for triggering migraines.
8. Track your patterns. Understanding the certain times of day/month you experience the worst headaches can help you better address the root sources. For example, some women might find that their headaches stem for a hormonal issue.
Through utilizing these steps, I was able to address the root cause of my headaches, and was able to establish a healthier lifestyle that would help to mitigate my symptoms. I encourage you to do the same!
Laura Klassen (instagram: @lauraklassen) lives in Abbotsford, Canada. She is a certified nutritional therapist with a special focus on gut health. She has a passion for helping others reclaim their health by addressing the root issues. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband, two boys, and dog.