Headache And Migraine
Headaches are a common problem and are generally transient and eased by a mild analgesic such as tablets containing a combination of paracetamol or aspirin with codeine. More than 90% of all headaches are classified as tension headaches, which occur when the muscles in the back of your neck and/or scalp tighten. Sometimes they can be relieved by lying down at the first hint of a headache in a dark room, drinking cool water and placing a cold pack over the head and face.
What are the causes of headaches?
The causes of headaches are almost too numerous to mention. Causes may include, to name a few;
- Hormonal imbalances such as PMS, peri-menopause, side effects of OCP or HRT
- Liver dysfunction
- High blood pressure
- Food sensitivities
- Sinus, dental and ear infections
- Blood sugar problems
- Exposure to chemical toxins
It is important to see your doctor for tests to exclude serious causes of headaches, particularly if the headaches are constant, severe or frequent in nature.
What tests may be required?
- CAT scans of the head and neck
- Blood tests to check your immune system, liver and kidney function, hormonal levels and a full blood count
- General physical examination
- Check up with a neurologist (in cases of severe chronic headaches)
Migraine headaches are a particular type of headache characterized by severe throbbing pain in the whole head, or one side of the head. It can be preceded by neurological symptoms such as visual problems, weakness of limbs or facial muscles.
Migraine is often associated with nausea and sensitivity to light (photophobia). The pain can be very severe and frightening and sometimes analgesia must be given in injection form. There are also specific medications that can be taken to prevent or abort an acute migraine, and the newest class of these drugs is known as the serotonin agonist drugs.
- It is best to avoid common trigger foods such as: chocolate, dairy products, wheat, preservatives, MSG, sugar, nuts, pickles, yeast, tobacco and alcohol.
- You may have a food allergy, intolerance or sensitivity that is promoting headaches.
- Try to include more raw foods, particularly radishes, celery and foods high in omega-3 oils such as oily fish.
- Maintain blood sugar levels by eating regular protein from eggs, seafood, poultry, red meat, protein powder and nuts and seeds.
- All migraine sufferers should ensure a good intake of water with the aim of drinking 8 to 10 glasses daily. This will help improve the circulation of blood to the brain. Dehydration will increase the frequency and severity of headaches.
- Chiropractic therapy can be beneficial for many headache sufferers.
- Consult with your healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist.
See "Raw Juices Can Save Your Life" for juicing recipes to help with headache and migraine, like the recipe below:
Juice for Headaches
- 2 sticks celery
- 2 dandelion leaves or 2 cabbage leaves
- 1 cup chopped broccoli pieces
- 1 cup alfalfa sprouts
- 2 apples - whole
- 1 large carrot
- 1/2 inch (1.5 cm) ginger
- Wash, trim and chop and process through juicer. Drink 2 cups 16oz (approx 500ml) daily.
- A few strawberries or watermelon slices can be added to improve taste.
- 2-3 lettuce leaves, which provide a calming effect on the nervous system.
- Radish and/or garlic can be added if sinus problems are present.
- Wheatgrass can be added if you think that body toxicity is present.
- 1 clove garlic or 1/4 red onion can improve circulation in migraine sufferers (migraineurs).
Recommended supplements for hangovers
- Livatone Plus Powder or Capsules
Take 1 teaspoon twice daily or 2 capsules twice daily with food. Most migraine headaches are usually associated with nausea and vomiting. In these instances it is important to improve the function of the liver.
- Magnesium Tablets or Powder
Take 2 tablets twice daily or one teaspoon daily to get the headaches under control. Magnesium plays an essential role in maintaining and promoting efficient muscle function and nerve transmission. It is a potent muscle relaxant and is therefore useful in muscle spasms, twitches, cramping, headache and relief of pain.
- Fish Oil
Take 2 capsules before meals twice daily - fish oil supplements can help exert an anti-inflammatory effect reducing the inflammatory component of headaches.
- Vitamin E
Take 1 capsule daily to help improve circulation.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.