Headache Prevention

Overweight Children at Risk for Headaches

Overweight Children at Risk for Headaches A recent study suggests that obese children may be at a much higher risk of experiencing headaches than their peers. The study of over 900 children and teens revealed that as the body mass index of the children lowered, the occurrence of headaches decreased. BMI, or body mass index, has long been linked to increased frequency in chronic headaches among adults. The study, conducted by the Headache Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, concluded that although there has been no causal link established between obesity in children and headaches there may be substantial environmental conditions that are common in both conditions. In other words, poor lifestyle choices are likely to effect health even at an early age. Related Posts Overweight Children at Risk for Headaches Obesity Can Lead to Chronic Headaches A recent study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York has shown that obese people are much more likely to experience chronic … Migraine Headaches Caused by Oral Contraceptives Migraines are the number one side effect reported by women who use oral contraception. This is generally attributed to the fluctuation of estrogen levels in … Co-existing Migraine and Tension-Type Headaches There are so many of us today that experience tension-type headaches and we do not have the slightest idea of what to do or how … share: Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

Reduce the Sugar, Reduce the Headaches

Reduce the Sugar, Reduce the Headaches According to http://www.ninds.nih.gov/ , food and ingredients in foods are responsible for over 50 percent of migraine headaches . While headaches can have numerous causes and identifying the exact triggers can be difficult, sugar consumption is often be one of the leading causes of food related migraines . Luckily, it is one of the headache triggers that is easiest to control. In addition to reducing the frequency of migraines, cutting sugar from your diet can help you lose weight and improve the health of your body and teeth. While cutting sugar from your diet completely can be hard, there are many sugar-free foods and snacks that can help make the process easier. The healthy benefits of a sugar-free diet are worth the effort. Here are 6 simple methods to reduce the sugar in your diet: Remove sugar from your diet a little at a time. A gradual change will allow you time to find other foods to enjoy in place of the sugary ones. It will also give your body a change to adjust to the change. Fight your sugar cravings by eating fruit or drinking 100% juice. These are full of natural sugars which are different from refined sugars and better for the body. Cut out any processed foods from your diet. Processed foods can contain high amounts of refined sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup. Processed foods include TV dinners, canned foods and boxed meals. Throw out any foods that contain sugar. Replace them with healthy sugar-free foods. Removing the sugary foods from your home will make it much easier to resist them. Replace the sugary food with whole grains, fruits, vegetable and proteins. These are all very filling and sugar-free. Chew sugar-free gum or candy to help fight your sweet-tooth. These items offer a sweet taste that will help control your sugar craving. If you wish to sweeten your food or drinks, you can use a sugar substitute. These are available in most stores and restaurants. Artificial sugar offers the same sweet taste as sugar, but are lower in fat and calories. Related Posts Reduce the Sugar, Reduce the Headaches How Much Sugar is Too Much? This is our second article focusing on the correlation between sugar and headaches. In our first post – Reduce the Sugar, Reduce the Headaches – … Headache Triggers Revisited There are many different kinds of triggers, and every person has different ones. You may have some triggers that start your headache attack at one … Headache Triggers You Can Avoid There are many headache triggers that you probably come in contact with every day, often without even realizing it. By making just a few alterations … share: Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post

Treating Sinus Headaches with the Neti Pot

Treating Sinus Headaches with the Neti Pot I have to say that I was skeptical when my mother first suggested using this thing called the Neti Pot to treat my recurring sinus infections. Especially since it came highly recommended from none other than the Big “O”, Ms. Winfrey herself. Generally I disregard anything that she (Big “O”, not my mom) instructs her legions of followers to do, but in this case, I have to admit that had my mom not seen the Netti Pot on Oprah and suggested it to me, I would still be suffering from severe sinusitis and recurring infections. The word neti is an abbreviation of the sankskrit word jala neti which means “water cleansing”. Though the technique has been unknown in the West until recently, Indian yogi’s have been performing the procedure for thousands of years as a part of their daily cleansing ritual. The concept is really simple. You simply fill the neti pot with warm salt water and poor it in one nostril until it comes out of the other one. This basically clears out all of that nasty stuff up there and prevents bacteria from having a pool party in your sinuses. Though the concept is simple, the actual technique and preparation does require a little practice. You should always use salt water for the best results. I personally opt to buy the refills, but you can make your own mixture if you run out of the refill packets. Non-iodized salt is best and the mixture should be at a ratio of approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons per liter of warm water. One advantage with the pre-mixed packets, is that they are able to have a higher saline content since special buffering agents prevent discomfort to the nasal cavity. The water should be as close to body temperature as you can get it without being too hot. If the temperature is too cold, you will fell like you are drowning in the ocean. After stirring the mixture thoroughly, lean over a sink and tilt your head down and slightly to one side. You then place the spout of the neti pot in the nostril, establishing as tight of a seal as possible, and raise the pot slightly allowing the water to flow slowly into the nasal passage. Continue to breathe normally through your mouth. If you are positioned correctly, you should feel the water going from one side to the other until you have a steady stream flowing out of the nostril. It took me about three attempts before I felt that I was doing it correctly, so don’t get too discouraged if it doesn’t go well the first few times. Also, if you have a lot of blockage then you may have to switch from side to side several times blowing your nose in between flushes. I recommend using just half a packet starting out, and one full pot for both nostrils. After a few weeks, you can do a full pot for each nostril for the maximum effect. So far, I have been using the neti pot nightly for about 6 weeks and I have not had any of the usual sinus problems that have plagued me constantly for the last two years. It has also alleviated my snoring, since I am no longer struggling to breathe at night. I highly recommend watching this video before trying the neti pot: http://www.himalayaninstitute.org/NetiPot/NetiPotInstructions.aspx . Related Posts Treating Sinus Headaches with the Neti Pot Neti Pot Instructions After a very will received review of the neti pot and it’s effectiveness as a treatment for chronic sinusitis, or sinus infections, I thought that … Finding Sinus Headache Relief Through Home Remedies Experiencing a sinus headache can be an extremely unpleasant experience. It often leaves you feeling congested, irritable, and tired. The pain from a sinus headache … Allergy and Headaches Many people usually suffer from allergies, and at times, the same results into headaches. However, this is not always the case. There are also people … share: Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post