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Simple diet changes may benefit people suffering from frequent headaches.

A drop in blood sugar levels can lead to headaches. In such circumstances meals should not be skipped. Try to maintain blood sugar levels by having a snack last thing at night and again on wakening in the morning.

Dehydration is a common cause of headaches. Drinking plenty of water to replace lost liquids may help relieve headaches.

Excessive caffeine can alter the blood supply to the brain and cause headaches. One should not consume more than three cups of coffee or tea per day. If caffeine causes one headaches, one should cut down on caffeine intake instead, as complete elimination may cause withdrawal headaches.

Food Allergies or additives in processed food may cause headaches in some people. Fermented soya and fish sauces are thought to be the reason some suffer headaches after consuming Chinese cuisine. If specific foods are suspected of causing your headaches, keep a food diary and note your reactions.

Headaches can also be caused by a variety of mental, physical and dietary causes. Tension headaches are experienced as pressure behind the eyes and a tight band around the head. Other causes include: poor liver or kidney function, magnesium deficiency, allergies and toxic free radicals. Vitamin E may neutralise the effect of these free radicals. Avocados, cold-pressed vegetable oils, nuts and seeds are rich in vitamin E.

Other causes are: worry, bad posture, strenuous activity, arthritis in the neck, whiplash injuries, grinding teeth or an uneven bite, long distance driving and ill-fitting glasses. Females may suffer headaches due to hormonal fluctuations before the onset of monthly periods, during pregnancy and at menopause.


Hadith


ما كان أحد يشتكي إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم وجعا في رأسه إلا قال احتجم

Nobody complained about headache to Allāh’s Messenger (Allah’s salutations and peace be upon him), except that he would say, “Use cupping.” [Abū Dāwūd: Kitāb ʾaṭ-Ṭibb]

 
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