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Foods that work to ease your headaches

When you feel a headache coming on, you’re most likely going to reach for acetaminophen, motrin or aspirin. You might try taking a nap. Or if you have sinus troubles, you may take an over-the-counter medication designed to help ease your congestion. But there are more natural ways to take the pain away. Next time, try some of these ideas and you may just beat the headache as a result!

Coffee
Caffeinated coffee can actually combat headache pain. While many think this remedy is unfounded, it really isn’t. Caffeein can reduce the size of blood vessels that have expanded to cause a headache. It can work. But you’ve got to drink that coffee cautiously. Since coffee is a natural diuretic, drinking too much can dehydrate your body and make your headache worse. Drink a cup, not a mug and wait to see if it’s had the desired effect.

Watermelon
When we dehydrate, one of the unpleasant side effects can be a headache. Rehydration can often reduce or eliminate the pain. But water isn’t the only thing you should reach for. Watermelon is a water-rich fruit, but it also contains magnesium, which has proven to be effective for headaches as well.

Baked Potatoes
Did you know that a lack of potassium can be responsible for chronic headaches? While the first food we think of in terms of rich potassium sources is a banana, there are some foods that will give you an even bigger potassium boost. Baked potatoes contain 725mg of potassium each. A banana contains 465. Try a baked potato for your next headache.

Almonds
Much like caffeine works to constrict blood vessels that have expanded during a headache, almonds can relax blood vessels. This is considered to be a preventative effect. So if you include more almonds in your diet, you’ll experience less frequent headaches.

Salsa
Sinus headaches can be particularly painful and frequent during certain seasons of the year. Congestion is the culprit here and many who experience sinus headaches will say that the pressure and pain can be intense and unique. To target congestion, spicy foods like salsa can actually help to clear congestion and reduce pressure. But you’ve got to make sure that it’s a spicy salsa, not mild. It’s the hot ingredients that do the trick.

Spinach
Spinach isn’t just full of iron, it also contains magnesium and potassium, proven to help relieve headache pain. So you can ease your pain by eating the vegetable, or you can incorporate it into juices or smoothies. It will work just as well.

These simple foods are a great way to help your headache heal naturally, without having to rely on over-the-counter medications. If you’re prone to headaches, there can sometimes be unpleasant effects from taking those meds often. Little things like a strange taste in your mouth, or dried out nasal passages, fatigue or the inability to sleep are all fairly common. FoodFacts.com hopes you’ll try some natural approaches that will help the pain without the problems!

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A Family Approach To Celiac Disease

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For protein lovers, celiac disease is one thing they wouldn’t want to get from the family genes. Fortunately, its treatment can also be ensured within the family and at home.

Celiac disease is a digestive order that can run from one generation to another. The disease causes serious damage to the small intestines as a reaction to gliadin or a gluten protein, and results to inflammation and flattening of the lining of the small intestines. Continue reading

Gluten Free Restaurants and Promotions

Gluten Free Restaurants | Foodfacts.com

Gluten Free Restaurants | Foodfacts.com

Helping Companies Increase their Gluten Free Business

The gluten free market is exploding in the U.S. and one in ten grocery shoppers is buying gluten-free food for someone in their household. That means there are a lot of people without Celiac disease or gluten intolerance eating gluten free food. The trend has also led to a number of nutritionists and gluten-free specialists offering cousneling services in guiding people to more awareness and avoidance of the ingredient. Continue reading

Gluten-Free Diet Reduces Bone Problems in Children With Celiac Disease

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Celiac disease (CD) is an inherited intestinal disorder characterized by life-long intolerance to the ingestion of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Although CD can be diagnosed at any age, it commonly occurs during early childhood (between 9 and 24 months). Reduced bone mineral density is often found in individuals with CD. An article in the Nutrition Review examines the literature on the topic and reveals that a gluten-free diet can affect children’s recovery. Continue reading

Autism Misdiagnosed? An Interesting Case.

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There is no “one size fits all” approach and solution to autism and diet-related issues, but we found a news report in Examiner to be especially interesting.

According to the story, a five year old Canadian boy diagnosed with severe autism was cured when the true cause of his mental disorder was discovered to be celiac disease. It turns out that he was never really autistic in the first place. He had celiac disease, an immune response to wheat, barley, rye and oats that damages the intestines leading to malabsorption of nutrients. The boy was ultimately treated with a gluten-free diet and nutritional supplements. Continue reading

The Truth About Organic Foods, Wines, Sulfites and You

Sulfite Headache

Sulfite Headache

Let’s turn our attention to the ever-present and often confusing topic of organics. At least since 1990experts been fighting the good fight trying to sort it all out. That’s when Congress passed the National Organic Foods Production Act in an effort to standardize what “organic” really meant. The goal was to clarify for consumers and producers alike what was, and what wasn’t, acceptable when it came to organic food production processes. Well, standards may abound but there is no fine print on a label; it can be difficult to understand what’s really in the bottle. Let’s see if we can’t simplify matters: Continue reading

Migraine Headache

A headache happens when pain-sensitive nerve fibers (called nociceptors) are triggered in the network of nerves that extends over the scalp, face, and along the surface and the base of the brain. Ninety percent of all headaches are triggered by stress or tension. These muscle contraction headaches usually resolve on their own or with the help of over-the-counter painkillers. Other types of headache have different triggers and are not as easily treated.

Treatment depends on the type of headache. Muscular contraction headaches, such as tension headaches, are relieved using over-the-counter painkillers, muscle relaxants, or stress reduction techniques. Migraine headaches are treated with drugs that can either prevent attacks or relieve symptoms when attacks occur. Some people try to prevent migraines by eliminating foods that appear to trigger the attacks. Traction headaches caused by brain tumors may require surgery to remove the source of pressure. Inflammatory headaches, such as those caused by arteritis and meningitis, are treated with corticosteroids to reduce tissue swelling.

During the past year, nearly 90% of men and 95% of women have had at least one headache.

Stress may be a trigger, but certain foods, odors, menstrual periods, and changes in weather are among many factors that may also trigger headache.

Emotional factors such as depression, anxiety, frustration, letdown, and even pleasant excitement may be associated with developing a headache.

Keeping a headache diary will help you determine whether factors such as food, change in weather, and/or mood have any relationship to your headache pattern.

Source:

www.ninds.nih.gov

headaches.org

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