Natural Ways to Cure a Headache

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Headaches — they feel like your brain is crying out for help, but it's not your brain that is hurting: It's the area around your brain that is super sensitive. The sensory nerve fibers are called nociceptors that work as a cover between your skull and your brain. Headaches happen just about anywhere — work, the gym, weddings and in the privacy of your own home. There are a number of different reasons why they occur. (via Health Me Up)

Get some rest. In some point in your life you’ve probably heard people say that you need to get your beauty sleep, but has anyone mentioned that getting sleep helps cure a headache? Life is busy; we all know that. You wake the kids up in the morning, pack the lunches, do the laundry, and many more mom duties just within the first 30 minutes of your day. Getting some shut eye is a great way to prevent headaches. About seven to eight hours of sleep is recommended. Remember, it takes two months for a habit to form, so get your sleep on. If you're a night owl, maybe for Monday try to go to bed at 12 a.m. and for the next day aim your bedtime at 11 p.m. Next thing you know you will be in bed by 9:30! It’s worth a try! (via Everyday Health)

>> Read more: 5 Things You're Doing to Sabotage Your Sleeping Patterns

Change your diet. What you consume on the daily can trigger your headaches. Processed foods like nuts, preservatives, chocolate, lunch meat and milk products can be the reason you are getting the headaches. Cut these type of foods out as soon as possible. Not only do they cause headaches, but they can stir up a ton of health problems down the line like diabetes and heart problems. Eating fruits and vegetables can definitely prevent headaches. Vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and spinach should be your best friend. They all have vitamin B in them, which fights headaches. Little changes like adding some veggies to your favorite dish can help prevent headaches. Can’t forget about the liquids! Drinking eight glasses of water a day is beneficial as well. Remember, don’t drink don’t over do it with the water because that can trigger headaches as well. (via Be Well Buzz and Everyday Health)

Reduce your stress levels: You may think that is easier said than done, but you can do it. Don’t let the hardships of the day get to you. When you feel like you have no free time to do anything, that’s when stress gets to you and causes headaches. Meditating is a huge stress reliever. According to psychologist Robbie Maller Hartman, research suggests that daily meditation may alter the brain’s neural pathways, making it more resilient to stress. This is good news! Try to listen to your favorite soft tunes while meditating in the gym or in the comfort of your home. Another stress reliever is listening to music. Put in those headphones and listen to your favorite internet radio station. Enjoy yourself!

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Exercise: Yes! Regular exercise is beneficial in many ways. It improves your attitude, it helps you lose weight and helps you sleep better. It helps cure headaches because your body releases endorphins when you exercise, which naturally kills pain. Try to add exercise to you life. No excuses! Start small like exercising 15 minutes a day and then increase the amount of time your exercise to 30 minutes a day. You won’t even notice that you reached an hour of working out. Yes, baby steps are important. (via Everyday Health)

>> Read more: How To Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Schedule

Massage therapy: A circular hand motion on your temples takes the tension from your headache. Massage therapy is so great because you maintain a relaxation level. Just laying there, not having to think about anything will relieve the stress, which causes your headache to go away. You're winning. (via Massage Envy)

Any of these options will cure your headache. As humans, you want to feel your best; no one wants a headache when they wake up or after a long day at work. About 60 percent of Americans suffer from headaches! You don’t want to be one of them. Remember, a headache every once in a while isn’t something to worry about, but if you get them daily, you may want to see your doctor.