The drug and pharmaceutical industry makes billions each year just on the sale of headache medications alone. According to studies released by the Mayo Clinic, there are millions of Americans that suffer from different degrees of headaches each day. The primary causes for these headaches is problems with the pain-sensitive structures within the head or over-activity. It is not only important to understand what is triggering those headaches, it is just as important to understand what that says about your overall health. Before you rush out to grab another bottle of aspirin, consider these types of headache and things they say about your health so you can work to prevent them from developing in the first place.
1.The Caffeine Withdrawal
Caffeine has the ability to give you that shock to the system in the morning to jolt you from your slumber and then get you on your way. Americans drink millions of cups of coffee each day, many have several before they even get in the door at work. Once you settle in to the job and the caffeine effects wear off, that crash to the system that causes you to bottom out can lead to serious headaches. That dreaded caffeine withdrawal headache is often remedied with more coffee, more crashes, and this cycle plays out several times each day. The caffeine is triggering the headaches, but it is doing far worse things to your body. According to National Headache Foundation, the coffee has physiological effects on your vascular system and will constrict the blood vessels, then relax them, then repeat. This reaction can trigger headaches, and will usually occur once a person has consumed more than 200 mg of the caffeine. Slowly decrease your caffeine intake and substitute healthier foods to give you energy during the day.
2.Eating Red Wine and Cheese
By now everyone has seen the reports about how a glass of wine is great for achieving optimal health. Many people take this to the extreme and drink too much wine and cheese each week to relax, entertain friends, or consume healthier foods. Cheeses like Swiss, blue, and cheddar, all contain tyramine, the compound that develops when proteins break down. This chemical causes the blood vessels in the brain to constrict and dilate, resulting in an increase in headaches. Research conducted by neurologists at the NYU Langone have found that the polyphenols in the wine contribute to the headaches because it interferes with metabolism in the brain. Now combine that with the effects of cheese, and you could experience severe migraine headaches as a result. The more wine you drink, the duller the senses, so you continue drinking and eating cheese, they wake up the next day with a pounding headache like no other. According to the National Headache Foundation, they recommend eating American, low-fat, or farmer processed cheeses when drinking wine.