Most of us immediately reach for over-the-counter pain relievers when a headache settles in. However, did you know that there are some natural remedies that include delicious foods you are probably already eating? Foods with anti-inflammatory properties can help alleviate or reduce headache pain.
Here are a few foods to try when you next feel an acute headache coming on.
Whether by the handful or in a juice, cherries have a number of properties that can help calm a headache. They are not only anti-inflammatory but also help alleviate allergies and are heavy in antioxidants.
While caffeine can trigger headaches in some migraine sufferers, it can also help calm a tension headache. Some pain relievers include caffeine in their formula. The caffeine in coffee helps restrict the blood vessels in the head that are responsible for headache pain.
Fatty fish like salmon and tuna are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce the duration and effects of headaches. These types of fish have been proven to have a number of health benefits so adding them to your diet should be an easy choice.
Leafy greens provide a number of essential nutrients for your body and not the least of which is Vitamin B2. This vitamin can help calm your brain and reduce the occurrence and effects of headaches.
We all know those people who try to prove how awesome they are by eating a whole ghost pepper. As it turns out, properties in these peppers are natural pain relievers. Capsaicin, a compound found in many peppers and chilies, helps reduce pain. Add spicy red pepper to your pasta, eat hot salsa, or squeeze some Sriracha on your fried rice to give it a pain fighting kick. (No ghost peppers necessary to get the benefits here!)
Dehydration is a leading cause of acute headaches. While it is important to make sure you get the right amount of water every day, you may skip a glass from time to time without even realizing it. Next time you feel a headache coming on and you’re hungry, grab some watermelon. It will help hydrate you and satisfy your appetite.
What other foods have helped you fight off headache pain?
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