7 Foods to Help You with Headache

What do you usually do when you encounter a headache? We know most of you take a pain killer, turn the lights off and lie down. But you can’t do this if you have important work to do, and sometimes even the pain killer doesn’t seem to work.

The percentage of the American population with migraine headache is quite high, there are almost 28 million people having this problem. There are several factors that lead to headaches such as lack of sleep, sinus infections, fasting, dehydration, stress, and muscle tension. Even consuming certain foods and drinks can trigger headaches.

The people belonging to the ancient Roman and Greek civilizations used several natural remedies to treat their headaches. The use of peppermint tea is well known. Also some of them used an infusion made from the rosemary, lavender and chamomile.

7 Foods to Help You with Headache

Here are certain foods you can try to get rid of your headache:

  • Baked Potato
    In the ancient times the Greeks and the Romans applied crushed raw potatoes on their foreheads to get rid of headaches. But this is not necessary; you can get rid of this problem by consuming potato, not raw but baked one. It is especially effective if headache occurs as a result of a hangover. Many times headache occur after consuming alcohol, as alcohol is diuretic in nature it causes dehydration and also flushes out electrolytes (potassium) from the body. You can get the electrolytes back by consuming potassium-rich potatoes. Use them baked with skin and they can serve you with 721 mg of potassium. You must be thinking about other sources of potassium, so for your information a banana gives you only about 467 mg of potassium.
  • Spinach
    A bowl of spinach salad is the next best remedy for your headache. Spinach has shown some promising benefits for lowering the blood pressure and also for preventing hangovers; both the conditions are responsible for causing headaches. You can make a special salad with spinach and some other ingredients beneficial for headache, about which we will tell you later in this article.
  • Watermelons
    When a headache strikes you in summers because of dehydration, beat the summer heat with watermelon. Most of the nutritionists agree to the fact that dehydration is the major cause of headaches. The high water content present in watermelons helps to resolve this problem and soothes headache. It also contains magnesium which is beneficial for treating headaches. You can simply eat it or make a smoothie by taking 2 cups of watermelon cubes, ½ cup of yogurt, ½ teaspoon of crushed ginger and 1 tablespoon of honey, blend them together and enjoy the refreshing drink. You can also use other foods as well rich in water content such as cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce and berries.
  • Almonds
    The magnesium-rich almonds are very effective for treating headaches. Magnesium can relax the blood vessels and ease out the headaches. Even migraine sufferers can benefit from it. Almonds as well as other magnesium-rich foods when added to the diet can cure headaches to a great extent. Other suggested magnesium-rich foods are dried apricots, bananas, avocados, cashews, legumes, brown rice and seeds such as flax seeds and sunflower seeds.
  • Sesame Seeds
    Sesame seeds are known for their benefits as a relaxant. These nutritious seeds are also beneficial for headaches. You will find high contents of vitamin E in them, which regulates the estrogen levels in the body and treat migraine problem caused by hormonal changes during periods. Further, these seeds promote blood circulation which again results in the reduction of headache. Sesame seeds may also benefit you for the treatment of headache by supplying ample amounts of magnesium in your body. You can sprinkle some on your salads, or use them in stir fries or just add them to your soup.
  • Yogurt
    Sometimes when your body craves for calcium, it may give you a headache. To carry out its functions, your brain requires adequate amount of calcium. Load it up with calcium by using foods like low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese. You can choose Greek yogurt as it contains high contents of calcium and low contents of fats. Yogurt is also good for your digestive system.
  • Whole-Grains
    This one is especially for those who are on a low – carb diet, when we are not taking enough carbohydrates our body is not able to store enough glycogen, which is essential for the brain to perform its functions as a result headache gets triggered. It can also make up for the fluid loss in the body. Use an oatmeal or whole-wheat bread to get healthy carbs in your diet.

You can make a special salad with some spinach leaves, watermelon chunk, dried apricots, chopped almonds and some roasted sesame seeds, mix these ingredients well. You can also add some croutons made up with whole-wheat bread. This salad will give you all the essential nutrients which can help to get rid of the headaches.

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