5 Key Prevention Tips to Avoid Headaches

Headaches are a prevalent health problem, but they can feel impossible to deal with at times. They may keep you from focusing or cause missed work days. While you can treat headaches, the pain doesn’t always stop right away. As with many health concerns, prevention is essential. Prevention helps so that you don’t have to worry about a headache in the first place.


There are actually plenty of ways that you can stop headaches before they even begin. If you already have a headache, it isn’t always easy to treat it, especially if you have other obligations and cannot rest. This is usually what leads people to use medications to treat their headaches instead of focusing on the root cause of the problem.


Prevention helps to stop headaches and helps to narrow it down to see exactly what could be going on. From there, you can work on eliminating your headaches entirely. First, you need to figure out which prevention tips are best for you!


Here are 5 key prevention tips to avoid headaches:


1.     Stay hydrated. One of the reasons that people commonly end up with headaches is because of dehydration. Headaches are a sign of dehydration. This is especially true in the hot summer months. If you already have a headache, you may be able to reduce the pain by drinking 8 to 16 ounces of water. You should drink half of your weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink 75 ounces of water per day.


2.     Get enough sleep. Adults should get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. This may seem like quite the task, but it will make your life easier when you’re getting fewer headaches. Good rest will restore your body and keep you at your best. If needed, you could establish a sleep schedule. Try falling asleep and waking up at the same times each day—even on weekends.


3.     Keep caffeine consistent. If you’re a coffee drinker, you might drink two cups one day and one the next. This is a problem because this can cause caffeine withdrawal—even after just one day! Your body adjusts to your caffeine intake rather quickly. If you’re going to drink coffee or another caffeinated beverage, make sure you drink the same amount each day.


4.     Work out regularly. In many cases, people who exercise are less likely to get headaches. You shouldn't work out while you have a headache, but having a good routine can be beneficial. Even yoga has proven to be useful in preventing headaches. Working out can help to lower the intensity or duration of your headaches too. It can make a difference even if it doesn't get rid of them altogether!


5.     Find your trigger foods. Certain foods may be causing you to have headaches. Keeping a food diary is an excellent place to start. Write down everything that you have eaten and whether you had a headache that day. You can include things like caffeine and water intake too. After a few weeks, look for patterns. These are some of the most popular headache or migraine trigger foods. These or any other foods may trigger your headaches.


-       Chocolate

-       Processed foods

-       Dairy products

-       Alcohol

-       Beans


Though these tips work pretty well for most people, it’s best to give them each a try for a little while to see what works for you. Everybody’s bodies respond differently. You may also need to try a combination of these tips to find the best option for yourself.


By taking these preventative steps, you may also be able to identify what is causing your headaches in the first place. If drinking more water eliminates most of your headaches, you can assume that your headaches are related to your hydration. By staying hydrated, you can stop some or all of your headaches.


When you can manage your headaches, you will be able to live a fuller, healthier (better focused) life. You won't be missing out on everything that's going on. You will feel your best when you don't have to deal with frequent, stubborn headaches.

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Dr. James Leonette