Can the right diet help alleviate headaches?

August 9, 2019

You’ve probably heard the old adage of ‘you are what you eat’. During childhood this instilled the fear that eating too many chicken wings would see us turn into a giant bird like some Kafkaesque nightmare. Now we are older and much wiser, we know that this old saying simply means that if you eat healthy, you will be healthier. Eat junk, and you won’t feel so great.

We also know that certain foods are perfect at treating certain mild ailments, but what foods out there can help us alleviate headaches. Are you one of many people in the UK that suffers from regular tension headaches, cluster headaches or migraines on a regular basis? If you are, maybe these natural remedies can help you from struggling through or relying on paracetamol alone.

  1. Magnesium rich foods

Magnesium is a vital mineral that allows the body to perform numerous functions such as regulating blood sugar levels and nerve transmission as well as being an effective headache remedy. Look for food high in magnesium like green leafy vegetables, bananas, avocados, figs and nuts and seeds.

  1. Avoid food high in histamine

Histamine can be found naturally within the body. It performs roles involved in our immune, digestive and nervous systems. Eating too many foods high in histamine, however, can trigger migraines in those prone to them. They are found in cheese, smoked fish and cured meats.

  1. Caffeinated drinks

It has been proven that sipping caffeinated drinks can help alleviate an oncoming headache. Teas and coffees are preferable over caffeinated soft drinks or energy drinks as these can make matters much worse. Caffeine helps improve moods, increase alertness and constricts blood vessels, all of which are beneficial to headache symptoms.

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