Most people at one point in their life suffer from chronic pain in some form or another. The most common are low back pain and headaches. The most common solution is to just take an aspirin. Have you ever wondered if there are certain lifestyle choices that are causing your headaches or migraines?
There are many causes for headaches and migraines, but one of the leading causes is stress. Stress manifests itself in many different ways in the body. Some people will suffer from anxiety, insomnia, digestive disorders, weight gain and others will get migraines or headaches.
Improper Diet – For some foods such as dairy, gluten, chocolate, soy, soda, shellfish can trigger headaches and migraines. You can either order an expensive allergy test from your doctor or you can just cut out that food for five days and then reintroduce the food later. This is the least expensive and simple way to test. You can also go on a medically supervised cleanse to remove toxins and impurities from your system. Ask your Naturopath or Holistic Health Care professional what supplements they recommend that can help in better assimilation and digestion or to aid in your cleanse.
Lack of Sleep – Do you get at least 8 hours of sleep a night? Are you on the computer until a few minutes before you go to bed? Do you get woken up many times during the night by your family? Is your room warm or cool enough? Do you avoid caffeine, alcohol and food at least 3 hours before you go to bed? Most people in today's digital age are so wired to their cell phone, TV or computer that they have not disengaged enough to be able to start to go into rest mode. Their nervous system gets attuned to a high level of stimulation which makes it harder to rest. Start a new nighttime routine where you avoid the computer, phone call, alcohol, caffeine and instead you take a warm bath, read a book or do gentle yoga or meditation.
Structural Issues- Have you had a doctor order MRIs to make sure you do not have any structural problems such as a herniated disc? Weak ligaments in the back of your head (occipitol lobe) can compromise the anatomical stability of your head. Prolotherapy, which are injections of a sugar solution into your ligaments, can help to rebuild ligaments without the use of surgery or drugs.
Other causes of headaches and migraines can be toxic chemicals (many found in common household cleaners and beauty products) improper glasses and staring at a computer screen for too long. Switch to a greener brand of cleaning product, perfume oils (or stop using perfume) and use cleaner beauty products that do not have harsh chemicals on them (do not be fooled by seeing flowers or trees on the label) Look for terms such as USDA certified organic and shop from reputable sources such as Whole Foods which has higher standards for their products than most drugstores.