Chronic Headaches – the causes
There are various reasons for chronic headaches and it might surprise you to know that something as simple as an orange pictured here could cause chronic headaches for some people. I used to work with a guy that would suffer from headaches if he almost so much as sniffed anything citrus.
It has been stated that even babies and toddlers can experience chronic headaches but they are unable to express it in words. Some people may not suffer from chronic headaches with enough regularity to consider it a problem and hence, don’t take steps to improve their health. Instead, they tolerate their headaches when they occur.
Chronic headaches can be the result of amines or salicylates; naturally occurring chemicals in food, dehydration, or a reaction to food colors including MSG – Mono-sodium Glutamate. Cleaning products, including air fresheners or perfume, due to the chemical substances contained therein can also cause chronic headaches. Often, those suffering from food intolerance symptoms, leaky gut syndrome or food problems will find they are more prone to reactions.
It could also be a case that there is something more sinister going on such as a tumor or head problems. While I do believe you need a doctor to diagnose this, I also am of the strong belief that you can heal the problem through the correct foods and mind healing.
There is also another reason why reactions could be exacerbated when it comes to food intolerance symptoms or health issues in general. Research into genomes indicate that what previous generations were exposed to can be passed down in the genes. For example, if you had a grandparent who worked in a chemical factory or was a smoker, then this may have caused a variation in the genes that are then passed down the generations, thereby increasing the severity of a reaction. This is fairly new research and you can read more about it by clicking on this link. I think it is fascinating.
Chronic Headaches – some solutions
The good news for those who suffer chronic headaches due to dehydration is that you only need to drink about one litre or approx 34 Oz of water and wait half an hour. The brain is hydrated through the stomach and will be fed first, directly, to overcome the problem. There are some symptoms for chronic headaches linked to dehydration. You may start to feel sluggish, suffer from poor short term memory, you may get foggy brain or even feel dizzy. Regardless of whether your chronic headaches are linked to dehydration or not, water is an absolute must in your diet. You will be amazed at how much better you will start to feel if you incorporate more water into your diet.
According to the FDR books pictured, and my bible on food, salt helps to regulate the water content in the body along with the water you drink. Good salt like this Celtic Sea Salt helps to balance water in and out of the body’s cells. Optimally, you should drink 1 liter of water for every 22 kilograms of body weight.
To assist with symptoms of chronic headaches, you can use some pure peppermint essential oils such as Essential Oil Peppermint Pure 30ml but you need to be careful to keep it away from your eyes. Put one to two drops on your hands, go outside in the fresh air, cup your hands over your mouth and nose and take a couple of deep breaths. Put one drop behind each ear.
For those of you that think your chronic headaches could be a result of food intolerance symptoms then you need to conduct a food elimination diet to work out if naturally occurring chemicals are a problem. Remove any food colors, food additives, including preservatives from your diet and look at environmental sensitivities. You can read the review of Friendly Food cookbook and purchase your own copy of Friendly Food for your food elimination diet. You should also consider purchasing The Failsafe Cookbook for your food elimination diet. Both books will assist you in the management of food intolerance symptoms and understanding of naturally occurring chemicals in foods; such as amines, salicylates and MSG.
For temporary relief, you can always have a good quality cup of coffee from freshly ground organic, fair trade beans. Caffeine tends to restrict the blood vessels and reduce the severity of chronic headaches. This should be viewed as a short term fix while you address your headaches on a deeper level.
Use cold pressed, virgin olive oil on the soles of the feet and the scalp and massage in. A shoulder / upper back massage can also help. Then take a nice warm shower.
One last recommendation is to start some healing meditation. Through my own experience I can say that drinking heaps of water and taking time out for some healing meditation will do you wonders. You will be healing your body with the water, lying down will put you in healing position, with your eyes closed and having the healing meditation will clear your mind.
The important thing is to recognize that your body is telling you through chronic headaches, that something needs fixing. Listen to your body, follow through with a solution and you will no longer need to suffer from chronic headaches.Your News On Food brought to you by Eileen Baudinette Food and Health Commentator. © 2009 – 2012 thenewsonfood.com ———————–
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