Nothing ruins a productive day more than a headache. Sometimes it is very apparent why you have a headache; if you tossed and turned all night, are experiencing a stressful time in your life or maybe you were out too late the night before. While you probably have a list of remedies to relieve your headache, there are certain things you can try to prevent them from happening in the first place. Improving your overall health and wellness may limit the number of headaches you get or the severity of them.
Here are some ways to prevent headaches:
- Water: Dehydration is a common cause of headaches, so staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day may help prevent headaches.
- Magnesium-rich foods: Magnesium can help relax blood vessels and prevent headaches. Foods rich in magnesium include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, whole grains, and legumes.
- Ginger: Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may help prevent headaches. Try adding fresh ginger to tea or smoothies, or take ginger supplements.
- Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3 fatty acids can help reduce inflammation in the body and may help prevent headaches. Foods rich in omega-3s include fatty fish, flaxseeds, and chia seeds.
- Foods rich in B vitamins: B vitamins, particularly riboflavin (B2) and niacin (B3), may help prevent headaches. Foods rich in B vitamins include whole grains, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds.
- Avoid trigger foods: Some foods, such as processed meats, aged cheese, and alcohol, may trigger headaches in some people. Keeping a food diary and identifying trigger foods may help prevent headaches.
It’s important to note that while certain foods may help prevent headaches, everyone’s triggers and symptoms can vary. Trying an elimination diet may help pinpoint which foods and drinks trigger headaches. Stress is a trigger for many people as well, so learning techniques for dealing with stress may provide some relief. You should note that occasional headaches that dissipate easily are one thing, but if you experience frequent or severe headaches, consult with one of our doctors at Vida Hormone Health & Integrative Medicine in Miami to address the root cause(s).