-9 out of 10 Americans suffer from a headache at some point in their life
-45 million Americans suffer from recurrent headaches, while 28 million of those suffer from migraines.
-The most frequent type of headache is known as a tension type headache, occurring when the muscles in the back of the neck get tight or go into spasm.
Common Headache Triggers:
-Caffeine-Alcohol and Dehydration
-Tight pony tails, hair bands, or hats pulling on hair
-Slouched or improper neck posture
-Nuts (peanuts, brazil nuts, and even coconuts)
-Allergies (pet, grass, mold, weeds, food, etc…)
-Tyramine rich foods:Bananas, Grapes, Raisins, Prunes, Plums, Oranges, Avocadoes, Dried Fruit, Eggplant, Figs, Pineapples, Soy, Tofu, Sauerkraut, Aged Cheeses (asiago, romano, parmesan, aged cheddar, etc…)
-Foods seasoned with monosodium glutamate (MSG): Seasoned potato chips/many processed foods with added seasoning
-Nitrate containing foods: Processed meats, hotdogs, etc…
-Over sleeping or not getting enough sleep
-Alcohol/Red Wine/ Any of the common headache triggers listed above
Ways to reduce headaches:
-Avoid the triggers
-Stress reduction techniques
-Deep breathing techniques
-Get the same amount of sleep each night (6 to 8 hours)
-Several over the counter medications
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