‘Ooh, my aching head…’
Headaches are a sign that something is wrong somewhere. Finding the cause can help us sort the remedy. Yours could be due to…
LOW BLOOD SUGAR
Yes, that headache will come with a side order of anxiety, foggy brain and maybe hunger, too. ‘Chromium can help level out those headache-causing blood sugar troughs – especially when dieting,’ says Rick. TRY Viridian Chromium & Cinnamon Complex, £25 for 60 capsules, Victoria Health.
If doing too much and staying up late is the norm, then so are those headaches. Try something other than painkillers. ‘I suggest adding spirulina to juices to help boost energy and reduce headaches.’ TRY Synergy Natural 100% Organic Spirulina Powder, £19.99 for 200g, Planet Organic.
That ache behind the eyes can be caused by eyestrain from focusing too hard and for too long. ‘Taking regular breaks and supporting eye health with the right supplement can help prevent them. Look out for the nutrients zeaxanthin and lutein.’ TRY Vitabiotics Visionace Plus Omega-3, £15.99 for 56 tablets, Boots.
‘It hasn’t gone unnoticed that headache sufferers are often low in magnesium. Taking some regularly could help reduce the number you get and help ease stress and tension.’ TRY Floradix Magnesium Mineral Drink, £10.49 for 250ml, or Together Natural Marine Magnesium, £5.99 for 30 capsules, both Holland & Barrett.
TOO MUCH FIZZ
‘It’s been said that downing too many diet drinks with artificial sweeteners can start a headache,’ says Rick.
‘Try skipping them for a while and hydrating with fizzy water spiked with fruit juice.’ TRY Glow Food Superfood Powder, £18.95 for 200g, Healthista. Drop a teaspoon in a bottle of water and sip – antioxidants with a lovely
Sorry, no sympathy or supplements forthcoming. ‘Cut down on caffeine by easing off slowly. Start with green tea (just a tiny kick of caffeine), then go all-out herbal.’ You can kiss caffeine-heads goodbye!