Back Pain and Headaches

A new study revealed that people with persistent back pain or persistent headaches are twice as likely to suffer from both disorders. This association is stronger for people affected by migraines. Typically, these have been viewed as separate disorders and managed by different people. Although there are several explanations as to why this occurs. Today, we’re going to focus on foods that can often trigger or relieve headaches. 

For foods that can help prevent migraines or headaches, think orange-yellow or green vegetables like squash, sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, peppers, zucchini, and cauliflower. Also, try non-citrus fruits like cherries or cranberries. Vitamin B2 or Riboflavin may help decrease the frequency of headaches. Opt for animal sources like salmon or organ meats like liver. It may also be present in mushrooms and whole grains like brown rice and quinoa. Magnesium binds to specific receptors in the brain involved in migraines. Magnesium-rich foods include dark leafy greens, almonds, bananas, broccoli, cashews, and pumpkin seeds. Another study found that 50% of people who added COQ10 into their daily diet had a significant improvement in their migraine management. This antioxidant is abundant in organ meats like the heart. 

Things to avoid that may trigger a migraine or headache: Food that contains a compound called tyramine like dairy products, chocolate, and dried fruit. Foods that contain preservatives like nitrates, nitrites, MSG, and artificial sweeteners like aspartame. You may also want to cut back on raw onions, citrus fruits, caffeine, and alcohol, particularly red wine. Eating several small meals throughout the day can help stabilize blood sugar levels and prevent hunger which can trigger headaches in some people. Other preventative measures you can take: maintain a good posture when sitting or standing, manage other conditions like high blood pressure, and apply hot and cold compresses to your head, neck, and back.

Comment below if you’ve been experiencing headaches.


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