We’ve all experienced at least a headache or two in our lives, and we know how unpleasant they can get. Headaches are not only painful but can cause a lot of inconvenience by limiting our abilities. However, did you know that most headaches are caused by inappropriate habits and behavior of people?
If you are prone to headaches, consider remodeling your lifestyle and getting rid of the things that trigger them.
Below are habits and lifestyle changes that trigger headaches:
1. Eating Unhealthy Food
We eat multiple times a day, so it’s only natural that what we eat matters. Eating unhealthy food results in lack of vital nutrients that your body requires to operate. Highly processed foods are the worst for that matter. They contain sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats.
Change your eating habits from top to bottom and opt for a healthy diet by including:
- Organically grown vegetables and fruits. Looking for some good fats? Certain fruits such as avocados and olives are rich in them.
- Whole grain products such as brown rice rather than refined grain.
- Healthy fats rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as seafood, eggs, walnuts, soybeans, etc.
- Lean proteins found in meat, eggs, dairy products, soy products, and various nuts and seeds.
Tip: In general, always stick to natural products. The more the food is processed, the more nutrients it loses.
2. Skipping Meals
Ever skipped a meal and your head suddenly started aching?
This is a natural occurrence and often happens when we forget to eat while we are physically or mentally active. Running out of essential nutrients results in diminished cognitive abilities. It also leads to irritability, bad mood, and headaches.
How many times per day should I eat?
5-7 times. Sounds like too much? Well, it’s not. Keeping your metabolism active at all times is important when preventing headaches and also managing weight. You shouldn’t eat too much at once. A piece of fruit like banana or a protein power bar is a great way to stay full for an hour or two between the main meals.
3. Stressing Yourself
While stress itself doesn’t cause headaches it does lead to other conditions such as anxiety or lack of nutrition that may cause them.
- Breathing exercises
- Taking a walk outside
4. Lacking Movement or Excessive Exercising
Sitting behind a computer desk all day? If you do, you are likely going to experience headaches and low productivity. Exercising encourages blood flow and therefore improves our cognitive abilities and performance. It also releases endorphins which are responsible for boosting our mood.
Manage your physical activity better with these tips:
- Stretch and move for at least two minutes per one hour of sitting down.
- Exercise for at least 15 minutes once per day.
- Perform cardio exercises that drastically increase your blood flow in a short time such as jumping jacks.
On the other hand, excessive exercising may also cause headaches so make sure to know your limits.
5. Inhaling Strong Unnatural Scents
Artificial scents surround us and if you are sensitive to strong scents, it is advisable to avoid them.
Where do unnatural scents come from?
It could be the cigarettes’ smoke, paints, low-quality incense sticks, beauty products, candles, perfumes, and even foods and drinks. Opt for natural and organic scented products to reduce the risks of developing headaches and other health issues.
6. Lacking Rest
Have you ever slept less and couldn’t be productive at all during the next day? It can be because your body requires a break and naturally your brain needs a good rest to work correctly. Get enough rest and you’ll perform better as compared to when you work more and sleep less.
How much rest do I need?
Scientists claim that at least 7-8 hours of sleep per day is required to ensure proper functioning of the body. If you are in need of a quick energy boost, consider taking power naps. A power nap generally lasts around 10 minutes and will help you regain focus and reduce tiredness.
Our body contains 55-60% of water and we need it for our survival too. This refers to pure drinking water and not soft drinks. Lack of water results in a headache and other health problems.
How much water per day do I need?
In total, around 2-4 liters per day depending on your physical activity. This also includes water from food, which consists of around 20% of daily water intake.
Tip: Make sure to drink water before you feel the thirst as that is already a sign of dehydration.
Headaches are common but shouldn’t be ignored. From eating healthier to drinking enough water to exercising, one can do a lot to improve their health and avoid headaches in the future. Make the necessary lifestyle changes and start your headache-free journey now!