Healthy Habits That Actually Aren’t: What Triggers Your Headache?

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We all have a bad habit or two that we just cannot give up easily. But, believe it or not, even the habits you thought were good might actually be a pain in the head.

Headaches and migraines can be downright frustrating. Worse, they can happen any time of the day – whether you are driving to work, having coffee with a friend or while waiting in line at the supermarket. To relieve the pain and discomfort, notes that it pays to know the possible culprits.

Read on to know the good things you never thought can cause chronic headache and migraine.

Quitting Caffeine

Kicking your morning habit immediately can do more harm than good. A number of studies reveal that a headache, which begins behind the eyes and then moves up, is a symptom of caffeine withdrawal. The more caffeine you consume in a day, the greater the intensity of headache can be. To avoid this, allow your body to adjust before totally quitting caffeine. It is advisable to reduce your intake slowly.

Working Out

Hitting the gym regularly has many benefits. That, many of us know. What others cannot realise is that it can trigger head pain, especially if you have increased the intensity of your exercise quickly and become dehydrated.

As WebMD explains, “When it comes to exercise and migraines, you’ve got two sides of a coin. Exercise can be an effective preventive measure against migraines in some people, but in others, it can actually cause them. Too much stress on the body can induce a migraine.”

The best thing you can do is to limit strenuous activities, such as CrossFit and heavy weightlifting. These workouts can cause muscle spasms, which may cause headaches.

Migraine sufferers, according to healthcare professionals, tend to experience a headache immediately when something is out of ordinary. It can be due to skipping meals, going to bed too late or getting up too early. To prevent and treat headaches, it is important that you know the triggers.

3 Comments on Healthy Habits That Actually Aren’t: What Triggers Your Headache?

  1. Misty S. Boatman // July 15, 2015 at 7:04 am // Reply

    I just want to share how my brother is battling through migraines. Last year, his doctor said that he is prone to headaches, and the reason behind it is his sleeping problems. The doctor then advised my brother to establish a schedule of sleeping, eating and exercising regularly.

  2. Iris G. Gonzalez // July 15, 2015 at 7:28 am // Reply

    Last year, my husband has been diagnosed of migraine. We did not wait for things to get worse, so we immediately sought the help of a physiotherapist here in Christchurch. Good thing we made that move.

  3. Nanci G. Turner // July 15, 2015 at 7:47 am // Reply

    I am curious of how long the withdrawal symptoms can occur. I love drinking coffee and energy drinks, and I am worried. Should I get some help now?

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