We can all agree that headaches and migraines are the worst. But before one hits, and before you reach for that medicine, you may want to try eating. These foods in particular are known to have healthy, migraine-fighting benefits.
Overall, ginger offers great health benefits. In terms of headaches, ginger may have the ability to block prostaglandins (neurotransmitters that play a role in inflammation). These can cause a slight swelling of your brain, and may be the reason for your discomfort. Also, this spicy root is known to help relieve nausea, which is often related to intense headaches.
Try grating fresh ginger into your dishes, or whip up a carrot ginger soup to help ease your head pain.
This oily fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids which are considered healthy fats thanks to their anti-inflammatory and nerve-protecting benefits. According to research, these fatty acids help reduce the frequency, duration, and severity of headaches and migraines.
Not a fan of mackerel? You can turn to other oily fishes including salmon or sardines for your omega-3 fix.
Yogurt is good for relieving headaches and migraines because of its high riboflavin content. Riboflavin is part of the B vitamin complex which has been shown to help reduce the number of migraine attacks in people who are prone to them. In addition, it may increase the effectiveness of beta-blockers (drugs to prevent migraines).
If you’re not too fond of yogurt, eggs also contain this B vitamin.
Magnesium has been found to have powerful migraine-relieving powers, and can be found in high concentrations in leafy greens, such as spinach (24mg/cup). As an added incentive, regular magnesium intake has been shown to reduce migraine attacks by 41.2%.
Enjoy a mixed greens salad with your favorite toppings, or add some spinach to your smoothie to fend off those migraines.
Dehydration can be a major factor in terms of headaches. It causes a drop in your blood volume, reducing the amount of oxygen available to your brain, causing pain receptors to be affected.
If you find it laborious to drink water throughout the day, eating fruits and veggies with high water content can help. These include watermelon, cucumber, celery, and carrots. Snack on them or whip of a refreshing smoothie with your favorites.
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