How to pre­vent headaches

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

Headaches are a com­mon ail­ment. While reach­ing for a painkiller seems like the eas­i­est way of deal­ing with that split­ting headache, by do­ing so, you might be invit­ing a se­ri­ous prob­lem. So, it’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand the kinds of headaches, symp­toms, causes, and how to get rid of that un­bear­able pain.

That said, a ma­jor­ity of headaches are be­nign and self-lim­it­ing. Among other things, stress, ten­sion, ar­gu­ments, work or exam pres­sure can trig­ger it. Food al­ler­gies, low sugar lev­els, con­sump­tion of very cold liq­uids, or sud­den ces­sa­tion from caf­feine or nico­tine, ten­sion, mi­graine, eye strain, de­hy­dra­tion, and si­nusi­tis can also cause headaches. Oe­stro­gen sup­ple­ments and oral con­tra­cep­tives are also be­lieved to be mi­graine trig­gers.

Com­mon foods that can set off mi­graine in­clude cab­bage, tomato, onion, brin­jal, pineap­ple, potato, canned fish, al­co­hol (mainly red wine and beer), chocolate, smoked meat, yo­ghurt, canned fish, peanuts, caf­feine, milk, yeast­based food such as cake, bread, food con­tain­ing monosodium glu­ta­mate, food colours and ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers present in jam, jelly, etc. Cheese, citrus fruits such as orange, sweet lime, lemon and grape­fruit can also cause headaches.

DIET THER­APY

It is best to con­sult health care pro­fes­sion­als to en­sure an ap­pro­pri­ate di­ag­no­sis and course of ac­tion. Gen­er­ally speak­ing, treat­ment op­tions can in­clude: Avoid high gly­caemic in­dex foods and try keep­ing your blood sugar lev­els con­stant by eat­ing reg­u­larly Quit­ting caf­feine abruptly might lead to se­vere headaches. Your body needs time to adapt, so grad­u­ally re­duce the amount of caf­feine you con­sume over a pe­riod of days or week Detox­i­fi­ca­tion, which can be done by us­ing spe­cific herbs and veg­etable juices, helps elim­i­nate ac­cu­mu­lated tox­ins (a cause for headaches) from the body en­abling smooth func­tion­ing of body or­gans Fish oils can help pre­vent the on­set of headaches. Gar­lic (fresh or in cap­sule form) is also an ef­fec­tive rem­edy Con­sume ground flaxseeds ev­ery day. These con­tain omega-3 fats which in­flu­ence prostaglandin syn­the­sis that con­trol pain. Two to four ta­ble­spoons of flaxseed pow­der con­sumed reg­u­larly for two to three months could re­duce fre­quency of headaches sub­stan­tially Gin­ger, too, helps con­trol prostaglandins. Take one tea­spoon of pick­led gin­ger or a slice of fresh gin­ger, squeeze some lemon on it with a dash of black salt and chew it slowly Deep breath­ing ex­er­cises (pranayama) or ex­er­cis­ing are good ways to de-stress. Walk­ing briskly for half an hour could help re­duce the fre­quency of mi­graine at­tacks. An­jali Muk­er­jee,

nu­tri­tion­ist

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