How To Avoid Headaches-Naturally

I have a headache.

“Take an Excedrine” says conventional medicine. “Maybe you are working too hard. Or have an allergy–here…take an antihistimine.”

“Drink water”, says natural healthcare. “You’re probably dehydrated. Or are having a reaction to some toxin. Or you have a subluxation in your spine-go see your chiropractor.”

Do you get headaches? I used to get them all the time. In fact, during college, I’d have them almost daily. I loved Excedrine. It really does work. Well, it gets rid of the headache, anyway. I mean, as long as the headache went away, the problem was gone. Right?

Wrong. Really wrong.

When your “service engine soon” light comes on on the dashboard of your car, what do you do? Do you think to yourself, “hey, that pesky light is on again. I don’t want to look at it, so I’m going to put a sticker over that spot so that I won’t have to see it anymore” and then go on your way? No, of course not! That would be idiotic. That light is a warning, telling you that your car needs attention. If you ignore it, you will cause irreparable damage to the engine.

This is a basic analogy that you have probably heard; it runs in the natural healthcare world. And, I am obviously drawing a parallel between the light on the dashboard and your headache. Or indigestion. Or sore throat. You name the symptom, the point is the same.

All symptoms are warning signs that something is wrong or malfunctioning in your body. If you treat the symptom by covering it up, the problem is still there, causing damage.

True health comes when your body is working properly, functioning as it should. If you experience a symptom, you need to find the cause of the problem, and correct it.

So, back to that headache.

Like I said, I used to get frequent headaches. And then I found out what caused them.

Sugar! Sugar caused them. And now that I’ve reduced my sugar intake dramatically, I only get headaches when I’m not drinking enough water.

If you want to stop getting headaches, try these:

  1. Drink enough water. Enough means 1/2 your body weight in ounces each day. More if you’re sick or healing, pregnant or nursing, trying to lose weight, exercising or perspiring a lot. And water means WATER. Not liquids which “have water in them”.
  2. Avoid processed sugar. This includes corn syrup.
  3. Avoid caffeine.
  4. Avoid artificial sweeteners, MSG, and other known toxins.

These are some ways to avoid headaches. But the main philosophy I’m sharing is that of: search for the root of the problem instead of covering up the symptom.

Taking a pill promotes sickness. The chemicals in the pill are not good for your body. They do not promote life. That’s why there’s a warning label on the bottle telling you to keep it out of the reach of children. It’s not any better for you than it is for them; it just won’t kill you right away.

Staying away from toxins and drinking water promote life and healing. They do not hurt you in any way, and can only help your body–not only get rid of headaches but in other functions as well.

Choose life.

3 Replies to “How To Avoid Headaches-Naturally”

  1. How is drinking water and restricting sugar intake supposed to prevent headaches when the root cause of the headache is bones and muscles and joints being in the wrong places or too tight, etc? Most of us can’t afford to go to a chiropractor every day, which is what I would need since I inevitably injure myself again within hours of getting an adjustment. I agree obviously that taking pills isn’t going to fix a headache based on joint/ muscle problems either, but water isn’t going to change that either.

  2. Beth- Drinking water will only help headaches that are caused by dehydration. It will also help the body to get rid of toxins, which also may be causing the headaches. Sugar is toxic to the body. So is any drug (prescription or OTC), and most “foods” that people eat. I don’t know what your diet is like, but I bet that there are toxins in there if you are suffering from headaches regularly. Even if your diet is clean now but you have not yet done a purposeful detox, headaches can result from that as well. I am obviously a huge fan of chiropractic, and do believe it’s a necessary part of healthcare. I have found that since changing my diet, I get many fewer headaches, including those that in the past I would have thought were caused by needing an adjustment. And in fact, I need adjustments much less frequently than I used to. Unless you have had major physical trauma, you should not need an adjustment every day. If the adjustment does not seem to “hold”, then there is something else going on. Chemical stress on the body can actually cause subluxations as well. And, most chiropractors have some kind of wellness plan that make it more affordable.

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