Eat to Beat Head Pain

Do you suffer from headaches regularly? When you do, is your first go-to a prescription or over-the-counter pain killer? Well, STOP right there! You could actually be doing your body more harm than good if you go that route.

Luckily, there are a number of natural, healthy alternatives that can help you relieve pressure and pain in your noggin. Most of the time, the lack of these things in your diet may be the root cause anyway! Here are a few of our favorite all-natural go-to remedies for headaches:

spinachSpinach
This delicious leafy green is a considered a powerful “super food” helps you fight headaches due to its high content of Vitamin B2! This nutrient has a relaxing effect on your brain, which eases pain and reduces inflammation.

Bananas

Like spinach, bananas are also high in Vitamin B, particularly Vitamin B6, which is a headache-fighting powerhouse. This incredible Vitamin also increases levels of serotonin in your brain, which acts as an antidepressant, so you get added benefits. Bananas are also high in potassium, so in the case you’re suffering from a dehydration headache, this fruit will boost your electrolytes and get you back on track.

Watermelon

watermelon Speaking of dehydration – this is one of the most common causes of headaches. That’s why watermelon is one of the best food sources to help you fight head pain, as it is a water-rich food that will immediately help to re-hydrate your body. Plus, it’s a perfect summer treat for picnics and barbecues!

Cherries

Finally, these tart fruits have surprising powerful headache-fighting due to their content of a compound called quercetin, which has strong antioxidant, anti-allergy, and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin helps your body block sensitivity and pain, so munch on a handful or pick up some cherry juice and you’ll be good as new!

Do you have any natural go-to headache fighters? SHARE your tips in COMMENTS!

Edible Endorphins

An Edible Epiphanies community member recently told me how great he felt after a workout. The feeling of happiness, relief of stress and boost of energy was enough to send him into a euphoric state. I was quick to share this same enthusiasm, as I am a huge fitness fanatic, but I was also eager to get down to the science of WHY exercise makes you feel this way. The simple, one-word answer to this phenomenon: ENDORPHINS.

When you exercise, your brain releases these feel-good chemicals, leading to reduced pain, feeling of euphoria, enhanced immunity, and several other powerful health benefits.

But the good news is you don’t have to endure hours of sweat-inducing exercise to experience all the advantages endorphins provide! You can enjoy the benefits of this natural high by consuming what I like to call “Edible Endorphins.”

According to Reader’s Digest, certain scents and foods provide a variety of different endorphin-producing effects, including:

vanilla and lavenderVanilla or Lavender: Sniff a vanilla or lavender-scented candle, perfume or potpourri and you’ll enjoy reduced anxiety, decreased depression and help with insomnia.

Chocolate: Savor a square of chocolate to release endorphins like anandamide, which is a chemical that promotes relaxing effects.chilli peppers

Peppers: Feel like adding a little spice to your meal? You will after you learn that spicy foods such as chillis, which contain capsaicin, release endorphins and boost your spirit.

Protein: Not only is this food group one of the most important for a healthy body, but it also ranks high in providing benefits for a healthy mind and spirit, too! High-protein foods such as meat, fish and legumes naturally send out endorphins to raise dopamine levels, which help you feel more focused and alert.

Whether you feel like signing up for your city’s next 5k or sitting down to a protein-packed lunch, think about the effects your activities have on your mind, body and spirit, and make good choices to improve your health!

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