A headache can often be triggered by external stimuli, and you may be familiar with such triggers as chocolate and red wine. However, there are some triggers you may not realize are to blame for your headache. It is important to know what these are so you can avoid them if at all possible.
Lesser-Known Headache Triggers
Dehydration: If you are not drinking enough water, electrolytes may be lost, leading to a narrowing of the blood vessels. Whether one has headaches or not, drinking enough water daily is vital to overall health.
Cured or smoked meat: Packaged meats often contain nitrates and nitrites – chemicals that can cause a headache in some people. Try to avoid processed deli meat, smoked and cured meats, and jerkies.
Cheese: Some aged cheeses contain tyramine (also present in red wine) which causes the blood vessels to constrict, leading to a headache.
It would also be helpful to keep a headache journal that helps you to keep track of what you have eaten before a headache happens. This can help you to identify the possible trigger. Another important thing to think about is why the body is reacting to certain things being put into it. The central nervous system controls such things as digestion, chemical balance, and the contraction and dilation of blood vessels. If it is malfunctioning for some reason, headaches can be the end result.
Finding Natural Headache Relief
The one thing all people with headaches want is relief. Many are looking to more natural solutions for their headache pain. Thankfully, we can help our patients with that. Here at Agape Family Chiropractic in Eureka, Missouri, we understand how important it is to get to the root cause of central nervous system malfunction. If the top bone of the spine (atlas) is misaligned, it can create pressure or stress on the brainstem, causing headaches.
We use a gentle method to encourage the bones to move back into place naturally without popping or cracking them. This helps them to stay in alignment longer for optimum healing and overall health. Many report seeing their headaches improve or go away completely.