Seven Ways to Prevent Chronic Headaches

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to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are two headache types
and 13 headache classifications. If you have been seeing a doctor
for treatment or have been doing some research then you’ve
probably come across a number of terms, like migraine headache,
cluster headache, tension-type headache, allergy headache, sinus
headache and so on.

Despite the
advances in medical science, an astonishing 25 million Americans
suffer from migraines! And a whopping nine out of 10 suffer from
other headaches as part of their daily lives! The headaches are
accepted as inevitable parts of life and sufferers swallow prescription
drugs as a matter of habit, just as they brush their teeth without
giving the action a second thought.

The problem
is chronic headaches and migraines take their toll, not only on
the body’s ability to maintain a state of homeostasis or wellness,
but on the ability to think logically, see clearly and to feel and
act appropriately. The impact all of this has on one’s quality
of life is shattering: jobs lost, relationships ruined, motivation
diminished and happiness disintegrated.

Not all headaches
are the same. Not everyone experiences headaches and their symptoms
the same way. The same trigger does not always trigger the same
type of headache. What’s more, headaches encompass physical,
physiological and emotional dimensions. In short, headaches are
complex conditions that need a comprehensive approach to achieve
their banishment.

Despite what
you may have been told, the particular label you place on a headache
is less important than taking a multi-pronged approach to returning
your body to its natural, balanced state in which headaches are
less likely to occur.

After personally
suffering from painful migraines for nearly 30 years, I devised
an “integrated mind/body approach” to prevent headaches
of all kinds from taking hold in the body. Indeed, the key to ending
headache pain is proactive avoidance of its causes rather than reactive
treatment of its symptoms.

Major headache triggers include chemicals in food and beverages
and even toxins in the body and air, as well as harboring stress
and missing sleep. In order to reestablish cellular balance, one
must remove the toxins and stressors that tax the body or learn
to deal with them in new ways. For most people, this means a major
lifestyle change. Here are seven ways to start:

Be Mindful
of Dietary Choices

Eat more fresh
items and fewer processed foods. Also, try eliminating suspected
food triggers one by one from your diet for two to three weeks and
monitor what happens with your headaches. Common culprits include
cheeses (such as Brie, feta and Gorgonzola), pickles, chocolate,
dairy products (goat as well as cow), alcohol (beware the notorious
red wine headache), processed meats (bologna, pepperoni, salami,
hot dogs, etc.), raw onions, peanuts, raisins and products that
contain MSG.

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31, 2009

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