Originally Answered: What are some good home remedies for a headache?
geez mate, i'm sorry you're in so much pain .... I get nasty nasty cracking headaches and migraines if i eat high sugar fruits such as oranges, bananas, apples, mangoes .... try switching to low sugar fruits such as watermelon, strawberries or pears for 5 days and see if that makes a difference.
It could very well be food allergies or intolerances ...... or chemical sensitivities which can greatly affect your health and vitality .......what you ingest and absorb through your skin and breath can have a vast impact on the way you think, the way you feel and your overall health and vitality ....... seriously, you can live a pain free drug free life if only you know precisely what chemicals and foods are upsetting your system .... it could be something as simple as lactose intolerance or an intolerance to processed sugar or wheat ...... disorders from which people suffer due to intolerances to food or chemicals in their diets can cover almost the whole spectrum of physical and mental illnesses ..... an extraordinary concept but mind blowingly true....... do yourself a favor and go and get allergy tested if you can't pinpoint the cause.
in the meantime, try to eat as much whole fresh foods that you prepare yourself that includes a wide range of leafy and green vegies, some low sugar fresh fruits like watermelon, pears and strawberries, some lean meats and fishes, brown rice, organic nuts and seeds like almonds, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds and lots of fresh filtered water .......... feed your body from natures table and wean yourself off any highly processed, highly refined sugary and packagedsludge that has little to no nutritional value anyway.
Other causes for headaches could be calcium deficiency firstly. Do you also suffer with insomnia, achy bones, irritability and moodiness, digestive issues such as bloating and constipation?? If so these are all symptoms of calcium deficiency ....... if you don't like drinking milk try drinking some organic rice milk fortified with calcium or eat more leafy and green vegies (rich in calcium) and eat more low sugar fresh fruit (also rich in calcium)........... try eating a carrott...... they are rich in calcium and a natural way to bust a headache...... good for helping with elimination too.
Foods rich in magnesium will also help to alleviate headaches and migraines, nervous tension, stress, muscle twitching, constipation and help to lower high blood pressure .......... leafy and green vegies again..... also wholegrain breads and cereals like rice and fresh fish like tuna, sardines and salmon are rich in magnesium.
Iron deficieny can also cause nasty nasty wicked slapping headaches .......... other symptoms of iron deficiency anemia are paleness of skin, dizzy spells, excessive feelings of being cold, fatigue and exhaustion ....... eat more brown rice, leafy and green vegies, lentils, oatmeal, lean red meats, organic peanuts if this is the case.
Failing all that eat some of the white meat of the chicken ...... rich in vitamin B3 .......vitamin B3 has been shown to alleviate headaches and migraines ...... don't supplement with any of the B complex of vitamins individually though ........ if you choose to take a supplement, rather take them as a whole complex as they work best as a group... ie ~ B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B!2 and folic acid choline,inositol, biotin, PABA etc............ they'll help you to better deal with the everyday dose of stress we are all exposed to at some level.
Things that will rob you of your precious supplies of B vitamins are stress, antidepressants, antibiotics, laxatives and diuretics, otc cold and flu meds and painkillers, alcohol, eating too much tinned food or protein, eating too much frozen fruits and vegies and processed sugar, sodas, pop and soft drinks ..... caffeinated drinks such as coffee and tea will also rob you of your B vitamins.
Have you been drinking enough water?? You could just be dehydrated........ If not, drink up luv... your body needs at least 2 - 3 litres of water daily......... and ditch the sodas and pop if you drink any cos they'll dehydrate you terribly and wash out your B complex of vitamins ........ as will caffeine and alcohol.