Dr Oz: Headache Prevention & Natural Remedies
Dr Oz warned about the most serious headaches, which could be signs of meningitis or a stroke. But most of the time, headaches are not life-threatening. And there is more good news: food could play a huge part in helping you avoid headaches. Dr Majid Fotuhi was a guest on the show to explain headache prevention and how you can use food as medicine to treat your headaches. In tandem with exercise, this can promote healthy blood flow to the brain, staving off those unwanted headaches.
Dr Oz: Migraine Headache Prevention
Migraine headaches are severely painful and occur on one side of the head. Sufferers are often sensitive to light and may be nauseated. Try adding more Riboflavin to your diet if you have this type of headache.
Riboflavin has been shown to reduce migraine headaches by 50% in sufferers. You can find it in foods such as:
- Milk (low fat)
Dr Oz: Menstrual Headache Natural Remedies
Maybe you have heard it called a Hormonal Headache, but Menstrual Headaches sometimes occur once a month for women, with pain on one side of the head. Try preventing this by adding more Magnesium to your daily diet. The ideal amount is 450 mg, and here are some ways you can get it:
- Sesame Seeds
- Sweet Potatoes
- Swiss Chard
Dr Oz: Tension Headache Prevention
Tension Headaches present with dull pain that can feel like it goes around the entire circumference of your head. According to Dr Fotuhi, getting plenty of sleep (at least eight hours per night) and finding a way to relax can help to prevent Tension Headaches.
If you need a food source to help you get relief, try CoQ10, found in:
Dr Oz: Dehydration Headaches
If you have a cold or the flu, you are more likely to be dehydrated. That dehydration can also cause headaches, but foods with high water content can help fix that problem, such as:
Dr Oz: Over The Counter Headache Treatment
Dr Fotuhi said not to rely on over the counter headache medication, such as Ibuprofen, Aspirin, or Acetaminophen. If you use them too much, they can actually cause a Rebound Headache after the initial symptoms faid.
He suggested limiting use of these medications to about once per week, focusing on natural solutions instead. Try resting in a quiet room, and be more proactive with headache prevention in the future by trying some of these foods.
Dr Oz: Headache Triggers
Here are a few more headache triggers you may not have known.
- Barometric pressure in the rain can cause headaches.
- The smell of Gardenias is perfumey and strong, which can cause headaches.
- Tannins in red wine make it more likely to cause headaches, compared to beer.
- Dehydration associated with diarrhea can be a culprit for headaches.
- Sweat from jogging can also lead to dehydration and headaches.
Dr Oz: Summer Signs
Dr Oz viewers submitted funny and silly signs that remind us it is summertime. Here are a few that were featured on the show.
- Welcome to our OOL! (Notice there is no ‘P’ in it. Let’s keep it that way!
- Unattended children will be given an espresso and a free puppy.
- Please be safe. Do not stand, sit, climb or lean on fences. If you fall, animals could eat you and that might make them sick. Thank you.
Have you seen a sign somewhere that has really made you laugh?