Nov 10, 2011

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Headaches are nobody's friend. As women we suffer from headaches far more commonly than men. Hormones, stress, allergies, diet, sinus problems, and lack of sleep are all common causes of throbbing pain in your skull. How can we get relief without turning to pills? Here are a few you can try next time you find yourself suffering. Also some tips to prevent headaches... 


Watch what you eat: Foods containing tyramine and tannins can trigger a headaches. Some examples are, red wine, beer, nuts, seeds, chocolate, tea, coffee, black berries. Keeping a food diary can help you pin point trigger foods. 


Compress. Try a cool or warm compress to the back of your neck and do some breath work. Inhale for 5 seconds and exhale for 8 seconds. 


Hydrate. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Dehydration is a common headache trigger. 


Acupressure. Squeeze the sensitive area between your thumb and index finger. Use thumb to press firmly against the 2nd metacarpal bone and massage in a circular motion. It is best to have both sides done at the same time, but if no one is able to help, you can massage one side for up to five minutes and then switch to the other side.

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