As one of the most common maladies dealt with on a daily basis, people often prefer to find natural remedies for their headaches.
Headaches are one of the most common health issues, with 75% of adults experiencing one in the last year. While traditional medicine may be helpful, many people prefer to turn to natural remedies, which often work better for long-term relief. Certain daily practices and habits can help keep headaches at bay, while natural supplements can be taken to relieve headache pain. Professionals at Integrated Health Solutions can help you find the right treatment plan.
One of the best ways to naturally deal with headache pain is to focus on prevention. There are both lifestyle adjustments and supplements that can help prevent head pain. As with most things, regular exercise and good hydration have been shown to help prevent frequent headaches. Make sure you also try your best to get good quality sleep. Changing your diet is another important prevention tactic. Limit certain things like alcohol, nitrates, and nitrites which are found in processed foods like sausages and hot dogs, as well as certain foods high in histamines like aged cheese, beer, wine, and smoked fish. Along with these lifestyle adjustments, daily added supplements have also been shown to be effective in preventing headaches. Add daily vitamins such as B-complex, magnesium, and B2 to your daily routine. Other supplements like melatonin and ashwagandha can be taken as a way to try to eliminate some of the causes of your headaches, like lack of sleep and stress.
Sometimes even the best-laid plans fail, so if all your prevention efforts fall through, don’t worry. There are a few simple things you can do to help mitigate the pain of a current headache. Start with controlling your environment by limiting noise and dimming lights, as these are known to aggravate head pain. Try to lie down and rest with a cool compress on your head. Once you’ve relaxed as best you can, try things like ginger tea, lots of water, and even caffeine to help alleviate current headache pain. If you’re experiencing tension headaches, pressure point massages may also help relieve pain. You can gently massage your temples in circular motions to help relieve a tension headache or massage the bridge of your nose between your eyes for a headache that is caused by eyestrain.
Oftentimes differentiating between types of headaches can be important for treatment. Based on the type of headache you experience, you may benefit better from certain forms of treatment. Integrated Health Solutions will work with you to determine the type of headache, underlying causes, and best treatment path for you. Reach out today to book a consultation and begin your path to long-term pain relief!
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