Nothing takes you out of a day like a headache. It is more than pain – it clouds your thoughts, makes it harder to focus, and prevents you from enjoying your day. But while headaches can run havoc on your quality of life, the truth is that many headaches are avoidable, as long as you change just a few of your lifestyle habits.
The Causes of Chronic Headaches
Thousands of those in Atlanta struggle with chronic tension headaches. Tension headaches received their name because they are commonly associated with stress. But there are other issues that can trigger tension headaches:
Diet is often associated with headaches, both tension headaches and migraine headaches. There are several dietary issues that can lead to the development of headaches. These include:
- –Blood Sugar Changes – Poor diet can lead to fluctuations in blood sugar. Both high and low blood sugar (hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia). Hypoglycemia is more likely to trigger tension headaches and the headaches that you experience frequently, while hyperglycemia is responsible for migraines. Both are caused by eating or fasting from heavily sugared food.
- –Caffeine – 24 hour withdrawal from caffeine can create both mild to severe headaches, depending on how frequently you consume it.
- –Water – Dehydration is also known to contribute to the development of tension headaches, because not drinking enough water can cause stress in the body, and that stress can then create headaches. Coffee, beer, and even juice are often not enough – you need to consume actual, clear, sugar-free water.
Your diet has a direct effect on your head pain, and often it is worth doing a dietary inventory if you are struggling with chronic headache.
What you may not know is that your posture can create headaches as well. Poor posture puts pressure on the neck and back. That pressure adds tension to the muscles in the head, leading the development of tension headaches. Learning to fix your posture – with your head level, your back straight, your shoulders back, and without hunching forward – could have a profound effect on your headaches.
Improve Your Chronic Headaches at Integrative Wellness Atlanta
If you’ve been struggling with chronic headaches, contact Integrative Wellness Atlanta today. We’ll help diagnose the lifestyle issues that are creating your headaches, and help you find solutions to reduce them.