Common Headache Triggers You Can Easily Avoid

Headaches can occur when stimulated by a trigger. It could also be a sign of an underlying disease. The former is true in most cases.

The most common form of headache is a migraine. However, cluster headaches and those related to medication overuse are also frequently observed.

Globally, headaches are more common in females than in males, with a 2:1 ratio. According to World Health Organization (WHO), almost half of the adult population experienced headache at least once in the last year.

1.    Dehydration

Dehydration can result in headache along with sour mood, inability to focus and decreased energy levels. No, you don’t need to be extremely thirsty to be dehydrated. In fact, your body has ways to retain water when consumption decreases.

In truth, your body cells suffer dehydration and this can be solved by consuming food items which have high water content. Vegetables and fruits such as bananas and cucumbers are major sources of hydration.

2.    Caffeine

For some people, coffee is their lifeline – an essential element to get through the day. However, it is also a source of headache if you go overboard. We have all heard how everything is good if used in limits…

Caffeine overuse can trigger headaches. It makes you reliant on the substance as well as dehydrates your body. If you’re not sure whether coffee is the culprit, try cutting down consumption. Feel better? We told you so!

3.    Inactivity

Don’t snooze that alarm, get up and go for the jog! People with less activity in their schedule are more prone to headaches. Perform cardio for at least 20- 30 minutes every day.

This can help relieve stress and keep the blood flowing efficiency in all parts of your body, including the brain. But don’t overdo it; at the beginning, schedule some breaks during exercise.

4.    Lack of sleep

Whether you’re taking work home or watching that “one last episode” of your favorite TV show, it’s not worth it if it’s too late in the night. Sacrificing your sleep means inviting your worst enemy a.k.a headaches!

Those who don’t get adequate amount of sleep suffer from frequent and severe headaches. So go to bed at an early hour and get some exercise done in the morning.

5.    Certain food items

While everyone reacts differently to different food items, certain food items can trigger headache. Red wine, chocolate, beer, processed meats and aged cheese can cause headache in some cases.

Instead of these food items, consume more spinach, white beans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.

If you have a headache problem that you’re finding hard to manage, our Louisville chiropractor can help you. Schedule an appointment and visit our Middletown chiropractic center.