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Foods to Add to Your Diet to Help Fight Headaches

Posted by Five Seasons Family Sports Club on 7/11/17 9:30 AM

A splitting headache can put you in a world of misery fairly quickly, but after you've popped a couple of Tylenol and tried to take it easy, is there anything else you can do? Fortunately, Mother Nature has provided quite a few tools to help you fight headaches as well. Below are 7 foods you can add to your diet to help combat that cumbersome headache pain. 

1. Fatty Fish

Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna and mackerel are loaded with several key nutrients such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, coenzyme Q10, and magnesium, all of which have been cited by the National Institutes of Health as having therapeutic potential for reducing the pain associated with headaches (particularly migraines). In addition, fatty fish are a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce the inflammation that often leads to headaches. 

2. Coffee

This might come as a surprise due to the reputation coffee has for boosting your "jitter factor," but the caffeine contained in coffee actually helps to constrict your blood vessels, offering much-needed relief from headache pain that comes from inflammation. Be careful not to overdo it, however – if you drink too much coffee, it can produce dehydration, which is one of the primary culprits behind headaches. 

3. Cherries

These delightful natural snacks pack a powerful punch when it comes to reducing inflammation due to a key nutrient known as quercetin, which is found in abundance in cherries. This potent organic compound contains strong anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory properties, essentially providing a "shield" against the sensitivity and pain associated with headaches. So the next time your head is pounding, try eating about 15-20 tart cherries, or drink a glass of cherry juice. 

4. Spinach

Spinach is a superhero when it comes to nutrient content, and along with being rich in iron, zinc and potassium, it is also an abundant source of Vitamin B2, which helps to produce a calming and relaxing effect on the brain. For best results, incorporate the raw leafy green as-is (uncooked) into your meal, perhaps as a garnish on your sandwich or as one of the greens in a salad mix. 

5. Bananas

Bananas are a nutritional powerhouse, and among the many things that these delicious fruits are good for, fighting headaches is definitely near the top of the list. Bananas are rich in Vitamin B6, which not only combats mental fatigue, but also helps to boost serotonin levels in the brain. Why is this important? Because serotonin has been shown to produce an antidepressant effect in the body, basically buffering the body from the effects of pain such as caused by headaches. 

6. Water-Rich Fruits

Water-rich fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, and pineapple will not only stave off the effects of dehydration (e.g., headaches), but they will also help your body maintain a proper water balance due to their high potassium content. You can enjoy these delectable fruits in a fruit salad, or add them as ingredients in a fruit smoothie. 

7. Water

Alright, it might be a little bit of a stretch to call water a "food," but without a doubt, proper hydration plays a critical role in the prevention of headaches. Point blank, dehydration causes headaches, so be sure to stay on top of your daily water intake (six to eight 8-ounce glasses per day is what the experts recommend) to help keep headaches from rearing their ugly head. 

Try to keep your fridge and pantry stocked with these nutrient-rich foods in order to keep headaches at bay. Here's to a headache-free day!

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