Headaches are painful. Does a chronic headache leave you in agony on a regular basis? Do you find that common headache treatments such as over-the-counter pain medications provide little relief? We’re going to reveal to you the 10 best natural headache remedies of all time. We’re willing to bet that number 10 is something you haven’t tried, or maybe even heard of. Without any further ado, here is our top 10 list of ways to get natural help for chronic headaches.
Headache Remedy #1: Stress Management
Headaches often come after being under stress. Stress is the number one headache trigger. When stress hormones are released in the body, tension builds up in the neck and shoulders. Since many headaches start in the neck, it makes sense to want to keep this key location in the body relaxed. Here are a few positive ways to relieve stress:
- Talk about it – Sometimes just being able to express feelings of frustration is enough to release the tension.
- Take up a relaxing hobby – Find something you really enjoy that you can get fully immersed in. This can give you a break from the stresses of daily life.
- Go for a change of pace – Whether you take a 15-minute power nap during the day or finally spring for that week at the beach, a change of pace can help relieve stress.
Headache Remedy #2: Daily Exercise
Daily exercise invigorates a person and releases a lot of positive, feel-good hormones in the body. Exercise can help reduce stress, a common headache trigger, and it can help the brain to cope with pain better. If you suffer from exertion headaches, just be sure to start out light with stretching exercises and gradually work your way up to some light cardio.
Headache Remedy #3: Elimination Diet
Food sensitivities can be at the root of headaches. To find out if you have food sensitivities, you may need to try an elimination diet. That means cutting out all of the foods that people are commonly sensitive to and gradually adding them back into your diet to see if any of them trigger a response. If you discover a food sensitivity, cut that particular food out of your diet.
Other Ways to Relieve Headaches
#4 Control Caffeine Intake
Some caffeine can actually help headaches since it improves blood flow and reduced blood flow to the brain is sometimes at the heart of a headache problem. However, too much caffeine can trigger headaches, so it is all about finding the right balance for your body,
#5 Regular Sleep Schedule
Sleep plays a vital role in regulating pain levels in the body. You may find that an interruption to your sleep schedule triggers a headache. Going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning (even on weekends) may help your body to stay regular when it comes to sleep. Also, be sure to create the right environment for sleep and avoid using mobile devices in bed.
#6 Quit Smoking
If you are a smoker, your headaches are one more reason to quit. Even if the cigarettes are your way of coping with stress, it won’t help your headaches because nicotine reduces blood flow in the body and can reduce the body’s ability to heal from injuries as well. Go back to point one to find better ways to deal with stress.
#7 Drink More Water
Sometimes, a headache may just be an early indicator of dehydration. Try downloading a water tracking app to see if you are drinking enough water each day. Eight 8-ounce glasses is the norm unless you are subject to hot, dry temperatures, are very active, or need to increase your water intake for a medical reason.
#8 Try Ginger Tea
Some preliminary research has shown that ginger can match over-the-counter pain relievers in effectiveness when it comes to headaches. As an added bonus, you won’t get rebound headaches from daily ginger intake the way you would from the daily use of drugs like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
#9 Regulate Your Eating Schedule
Missing meals can cause blood sugar levels to drop, and this can lead to headaches. Try not to skip meals, even if you have a really busy schedule. You can even try eating smaller meals on a more frequent basis in order to keep blood sugar levels regulated.
#10 Upper Cervical Chiropractic
If you get headaches, it is important to do everything you can to improve brainstem function and facilitate proper blood flow to the brain. Upper cervical chiropractic care can help by safely and gently keeping the C1 (atlas) vertebra in place. This will help to avoid pressure on the brainstem or restrictions in the flow of blood via the vertebral arteries.
If you suffer from a chronic headache issue, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, upper cervical chiropractic care may be the natural and cost-effective way to find relief. Dozens of patients in case studies have found significant benefits ranging from fewer and less severe headache episodes to complete relief.
We are excited to share this hope for relief with those who may have been suffering for years under the heavy burden of chronic headaches. To learn more, find a practitioner in your area using the search feature on this website. A no-obligation consultation may be your first step on the path to better overall health and well-being.