5 Strange Reasons You Have a Headache
According to Harvard Medical School, there are more than 300 different types of headaches and keeping a food journal will help doctors to determine which foods are triggering your headaches.
A neck massage or wrapping a hot towel around your shoulders can relax the neck muscles to cure a tension headache.
Although some doctors prescribe medication to treat headaches, there may be other problems that are causing headaches, including poor sleep hygiene or anxiety and depression.
Below is a list of some of the weirder headache triggers:
- Smoked Meats.
Cured, smoked, pickled or canned foods such as pastrami, deli meats, and beef jerky contain synthetic food preservatives called nitrates and nitrites. The additives may dilate blood vessels, triggering headaches.
- Red Wine and Cheese.
Red wine and aged cheeses such as Brie, Cheddar, blue cheeses, and Swiss, contain tyramine, a substance that forms from the breakdown of proteins as food ages. Tyramine causes headaches by constricting and dilating blood vessels.
Dehydration is what is known as a secondary headache: “a symptom of a disease that can activate the pain-sensitive nerves of the head.” Dehydration headaches occur when you lose a substantial part of the water and electrolytes that your body needs to perform normal functions. To avoid dehydration, it is recommended that you consume moderate amounts of water during and after exercise. Men should drink about 13 cups of total beverages a day and women drink 9 cups.
4- Brain Freeze.
Brain freeze, also known as ice cream headache, occurs mere seconds after the ingestion of cold food. The pain can be felt on the sides of the head and generally lasts for less than a minute.
- Caffeine Withdrawal.
Anyone who’s ever stopped drinking coffee or switched to decaf knows of the dreaded caffeine withdrawal headaches. The National Headache Foundation reports that caffeine withdrawal will occur after consuming more than 200 mg of caffeine per day for at least 2 weeks.