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Headache – Prevention and Treatment

Apr 07, 2011 01:50AM

While acupuncture, laser and bioelectromagnetic therapies may quickly resolve pain of all kinds, virtually all headaches are preventable. The adage that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure really is true. Often all that is necessary to eliminate even chronic headaches is to identify and remove the trigger.

Headache triggers include:

  • Low blood sugar – this is the most common cause of headaches. Many, perhaps most, headaches are simply the result of not eating hence low blood sugar. To avoid experiencing headaches, take measures which will keep blood sugar fairly constant. Do this by eating on a regular schedule or nibbling during the day.
     
  • Constipation – When elimination is impaired, the body must reabsorb toxins, and this will commonly result in headaches (usually frontal, at the top of the head, temporal or migraine). Aim for two or more bowel movements daily. Besides preventing many headaches, this helps the body eliminate toxins and will greatly improve overall health. It can be accomplished by increasing H20, fruits, vegetables and whole grains as necessary. The additional moisture and fiber acts like a sponge to absorb and eliminate toxins.
     
  • Alcohol (especially red wine and beer)
     
  • MSG
     
  • Chocolate
     
  • Caffeine
     
  • Cheese
     

Aged, pickled or fermented foods and those containing preservatives.
 

Unless one is sensitive to one or more of the above foods or taking something in excess, it is not necessary to eliminate all of these. On the other hand, remove foods from your diet to which you know or suspect you are sensitive.

We have control over most of the factors in our lives which precipitate headaches and other pain and discomfort. To prevent headaches, seek balance. Engage in daily exercise you enjoy. Avoid overwork, overindulgence and excessive emotion.

David Rindge, DOM, LAc, RN has more than 30 years experience in health care and is in private practice in Melbourne. For more information call 321-751-7001, www.CooperativeMedicine.com

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