There’s nothing worse than a headache – except not knowing what’s causing it! The reasons for your headache can range from lifestyle factors to medical conditions that manifest in the form of headaches. As with any ailment, understanding why it’s happening can help you manage it better.
Look to your lifestyle
Don’t worry every time you are struck by a headache; some of the causes are simply lifestyle factors that you can change with a few tweaks to your habits. The following are a few factors that could be causing that ache:
- Drinking too much and too often
A radical change in your sleep cycle
Excessive amounts of stress
Environmental stimuli such as exposure to tobacco smoke or pollution
A strained back, caused by poor posture
Eye strain because of reading for prolonged periods without a break
Nutritional deficiencies and dehydration
Conditions that cause a headache
Apart from these lifestyle factors, medical conditions also play an important role. Inflammation-based conditions, especially sinusitis (which is an inflammation of your sinuses), is a common reason for headaches. Other medical problems that lead to headaches include the flu and common cold.
There are several ways to avoid getting a headache. There are various natural remedies that you can use to cure them instead of resorting to medication. Avoid drinking alcohol excessively, follow a set sleep schedule and ensure that your diet is balanced. What you eat is as important as when you eat. Ensure that you get enough of magnesium, folate and vitamin B-9 to avoid suffering from diet related headaches. Reduce stress by practising yoga and meditation and try to avoid pollution as much as you can. Remember that poor posture and reading for long periods will cause headaches.
If your headache has been caused by an inflammatory disease, herbal remedies can help. Tulsi (drink a mixture of tulsi leaves and ginger pieces in hot water) has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps reduce stress. Guduchi is another great herb that helps treat headaches caused by sinusitis. Piper longum (Indian long pepper) on the other hand, can help with headaches that are caused because of stress and travelling.
If you’re looking for a natural remedy for your headaches, turn to turmeric. Its anti-inflammatory properties and vitamin content help to deal with headaches caused because of viral infections such as the flu or a cold. Another remedy you can follow is drinking chamomile tea, as that makes you more likely to sleep, helping to restore equilibrium in your system.