Headaches always seem to strike at the worst of times, leaving you tired and making it harder to carry out every day duties. Over 10 million people in the UK suffer with headaches making it one of the most common symptoms in the Country. So how then can you help to prevent them?
One of the factors greatly influencing headaches is dehydration. During the day many of us are exposed to natural and un-natural elements that leach away water from the body. One of those factors is air conditioning and heating systems. During the summer months most people tend to be more aware of the need to keep hydrated, yet regardless of the weather conditions, it is recommended to drink little and often. As the body is comprised of up to 90% water, ensuring hydration therefore helps maintain healthy joints, skin, mind and body. Hydration drinks such as Elite Hydrate can help to maintain hydration throughout the day.
Don’t skip meals
It is also important to avoid skipping meals which can lead to headaches. Carbohydrates are the main fuel for the brain; the body converts carbohydrates to glucose which is an energy source for the body and especially for the brain. When the brain does not receive sufficient blood glucose symptoms such as headaches, nausea, faintness and confusion can be triggered. However, protein also plays a role in maintaining blood glucose levels and can increase satiety levels (keeps you fuller for longer). Protein bars and protein shakes such as Elite Protein and Lean Whey Meal Replacement+ can beneficial for anyone wanting to lose weight or trying to incorporate healthier snacks in between meals.
Avoid too much caffeine
Regular intake of caffeine can lead to dependence on caffeine, removal of which can cause withdrawal symptoms such as headaches. It is thought the headaches are triggered due to constriction of blood vessels in the brain. Too much caffeine can also disturb the body’s natural sleep cycle, indirectly affecting sleep deprivation induced headaches as discussed below.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation is one of the most common causes of headaches. Studies have displayed a direct correlation between Insomnia and chronic headaches. Conversely, too much sleep has also been linked to frequent reports of headaches due to abnormal fluctuations in neurotransmitters involved in the sleep cycle mainly serotonin, with most notable changes taking place during the weekend. If you are one of the many that have sleep problems, the use of Multivitamins which contain B complex, Vitamin C, Magnesium and Calcium are involved maintenance of the nervous system promoting relaxation and sleep. There is also research to suggest that EPA and DHA from Fish Oil can also help to promote better sleep quality and improve cognitive function. Research studies have also exhibited that Fish Oil can help with lubrication in relation to dry eye conditions such as blepharitis, reducing related headaches.
Control sugar in your diet
Too much Sugar can also contribute to headaches. Sugar affects blood glucose levels and as described earlier, when blood sugar levels fluctuate abnormally this can result in headaches as experienced by many.
Other factors that can trigger headaches include; perfume and strong fragrances, lack of fresh air and clenching teeth in your sleep can also contribute to the sensation of pain.