Headaches are impossible to predict and challenging to prevent. Sometimes, it can seem like anything can set off the familiar uncomfortable ache, from not getting enough sleep to loud noise. Adjustments to your diet and other lifestyle changes, however, can help prevent severe headaches from popping up and ruining your day. Here are a few foods to keep in your diet to help with headaches.
Seeds, Nuts, and Beans
Migraines often occur because of a magnesium deficit. Foods rich in fiber, like seeds, nuts, and beans, boast healthy amounts of magnesium. They also help regulate your digestive system, preventing foods with too much sodium or other unhelpful ingredients from staying in your body for too long. They also make you feel full for longer, helping prevent hunger-related headaches.
Did you know fermented foods can help with headaches? Adding probiotic yogurt or a bit of kimchi to your diet can help regulate your digestive system. However, be careful with potent fermented foods like stinky cheeses or cured meats — their strong flavor may worsen headaches and nausea.
We should all be drinking enough water, but if you suffer from headaches, staying hydrated is especially crucial. You may feel tired, nauseous, and dizzy, but your body will need water to self-regulate and stay cool. Regular hydration helps stave off dehydration, one of the biggest headache triggers.
Bananas, Watermelon, and Cherries
If you struggle to drink enough water, don't worry — fruits are full of water. If you suffer from nausea as a side effect of a headache or migraine, fruit will keep you hydrated, provide you with sugar to boost your energy levels, and supply your body with vitamins B and C and potassium. Doctors recommend bananas, watermelon, and cherries to those who suffer from headaches.
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