Stop Your Headache
Headache Remedy - What to Eat
Dr. Ben Kim
previous post, we looked at some stretches and other physical measures
that can be used to alleviate pain associated with tension-type
headaches. In this post, we'll cover what can be done on the dietary
front to address a common root cause of headaches.
majority of chronic, recurrent headaches - including tension headaches
and migraines - are partly due to a build-up of toxins within your
of these toxins come from everyday metabolic activities - as your
cells go about the daily grind of producing energy to fuel your activities,
they generate waste products that can have toxic effects on your tissues
before they are eliminated from your body.
toxins come from digesting the foods that you eat, particularly protein-rich
animal foods. Breakdown of protein-rich animal foods generates large
quantities of nitrogenous waste products which can come into contact
with your nervous system before being eliminated from your body.
is this: when your nervous system is burdened by a steady stream of
toxins for an extended period of time, it can become hypersensitive
to all types of stimuli such as strong fragrances, loud noises, bright
lights, and everyday stimulants found in food and drinks like sugar,
artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and MSG. Tension and migraine headaches
are often precipitated by an overburdened nervous system that is reacting
to one or more such stimuli.
common stimuli that can trigger headaches include prescription drugs,
over-the-counter drugs, a change in the weather, and menstruation.
understanding that headaches can be caused by a hypersensitive nervous
system that is the result of high toxic load, when looking to address
chronic headaches with what you eat, the goal is to follow a clean
diet that is relatively free of hard-to-digest foods.
diet means minimally processed fare that is abundant in fresh plant
foods and low in protein-rich animal foods.
are some specific guidelines on following a clean diet that can
dramatically decrease and even eliminate chronic headaches:
mainly fresh vegetables (raw and/or cooked), fresh fruits, vegetable
soups, and whole grains.
more protein-dense foods, focus on eating large quantities of
dark green vegetables and small quantities (no more than 2 ounces
per serving) of lentils, legumes, unsalted nuts, unsalted seeds,
organic eggs, and cold-water fish like salmon, sardines, and anchovies.
to avoid flesh meats (other than small quantities of fish once
you are better), dairy, and products that contain yeast.
found that best results are usually obtained by eating just fruits
(mainly fresh melons), vegetables, and whole grains for an initial
cleansing period. Lentils, legumes, nuts, seeds, eggs, and fish are
best added in small quantities once there has been substantial improvement
in headache intensity and frequency.
forget to chew your foods thoroughly and to strive to be at rest physically
and emotionally while you eat - these measures can facilitate optimal
digestion, thereby decreasing your exposure to endogenous toxins that
can arise from putrefaction of incompletely digested foods in your
a clean diet for a few weeks to a few months should decrease your
exposure to toxins and give your nervous system a chance to return
to a healthier tone, also known as a better balance between the sympathetic
and parasympathetic divisions of your autonomic nervous system, which
should in turn, lead to less headaches.
decreasing toxic load to address chronic headaches, it's often immensely
helpful to decrease or even eliminate intake of the following stimulants
that are known to trigger painful headaches:
(found in highly processed meats like bacon, hot dogs, and cold
foods and drinks
keep in mind that during the first while of following a clean diet,
it's quite possible to experience more frequent and/or intense headaches.
The same holds true if you skip a meal or if you sleep longer than
usual. The reason for this is that any time you give your body more
rest - which is provided by a clean diet, eating less, and getting
extra physical rest - your body accelerates the pace at which it stirs
up and eliminates toxins. Though intense detoxification may be difficult
to tolerate, if you stay the course with a clean diet, within a few
days to a few weeks, you should feel significantly better for the
long term, provided that you continue to live and eat healthfully.
also keep in mind that chronic headaches can be caused by specific
health challenges such as meningitis, high blood pressure, head injuries,
sinusitis, seasonal or food allergies, and even brain tumors. Though
the nutritional measures discussed in this post are generally health-supporting
and potentially helpful in any circumstance, it's always wise to be
evaluated by a competent physician to make sure that there are no
underlying conditions that are causing chronic headaches.
this post to a close, here's a sample menu of clean meals that can
be enjoyed when looking to overcome chronic headaches:
melons, grapes, lettuce, and celery
made with fresh melons and grapes and any whole food fruit and vegetable
powders that you use
green salad with extra-virgin olive oil
vegetables with guacamole
baked potato or sweet potato
salad with extra-virgin olive oil
corn on the cob, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower
grain dish (brown rice, millet, or quinoa are good choices) with
with tomato sauce
mangoes, apples, pears, berries, melons, grapes, coconut
sweet potato slices
more about how your body stirs up and eliminates toxins, view:
Fasting One Day a Week Good for Your Health?
more about how to experience full body cleansing on an everyday basis,
Body Cleanse - A Five Part Series on Cleansing and Detoxification
from our full body cleanse program, view:
Body Cleanse Recipes
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