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6 Foods that Help with Headaches

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6 Foods that Help with Headaches

Are you one of the 100 million that people experience headaches in the form of Tension, Migraine headaches and sinus headaches? This happens very often and many people try varied techniques, like turning down the lights and resting until the headaches goes away or taking over-the-counter or prescription pain medications, but they still get those headaches, and what they don’t know is that you can eat certain foods to help alleviate it and even make it disappear for good.

Quinoa provides high levels of magnesium, which can help relax blood vessels, and this can prevent migraines as well as help reduce the frequency with which headaches occur. Magnesium deficiency may interrupt nerve and muscle impulses, too, which can result in irritability that may trigger headaches. Riboflavin, a vitamin called B2 also plentiful in quinoa, may also contribute toward reducing how often migraines occur.


Spinach is high in magnesium; containing nearly 40 percent of the daily-recommended intake it also contains high levels of iron, a nutrient vital to warding off headaches due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, spinach contains almost 30 percent of the daily-recommended intake of vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. (Those with low iron often experience headaches)


Dehydration is a common cause of headaches. Aim for at least eight glasses of water every day. Add a slice of lemon or lime for more benefits.


Whole grains
Whole grains are a quality source of fiber and rich in magnesium, a mineral that can soothe headaches due to menstruation. Other magnesium-rich foods include seafood, nuts, seeds, avocadoes, raisins and leafy greens.

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Olive oil
Olive oil can help improve circulation, reduce inflammation and balance out hormone levels because of its high in the power antioxidant vitamin E. Other sources of this vitamin include plant oils, nuts and nut butters, seeds and seed butters.


Because of its anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties, this fiery little root is also beneficial in fighting headaches. Make a ginger root tea or nibble candied ginger when you feel a headache coming on.


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