Do you often experience recurring headaches that impact your life and hinder you from living to the fullest? You’re definitely not alone in this. Many of my clients grapple with persistent headaches, so it’s essential to investigate the root causes rather than rely on pain relievers.
Headaches don’t arise due to a lack of over-the-counter pain medications like Paracetamol. They are, in fact, signals from your body, indicating that something isn’t in balance or that your body requires something to function optimally.
Let’s explore the potential factors behind your recurring headaches.
Many women experience headaches before or during their periods, and sometimes even around ovulation. Let’s look at when your headaches typically occur in relation to your menstrual cycle. This can serve as a valuable indicator of a potential hormonal imbalance. If you suspect such an imbalance, we can explore ways to address it effectively.
Naturopathy is particularly skilled at helping rebalance your hormonal cycle, reducing PMS symptoms such as headaches, anxiety, and bloating. The goal is to empower you to reclaim your life without these discomforts during your menstrual cycle.
There are numerous approaches we can take, including using specific medicinal herbs tailored to your unique hormonal needs. It’s important to pinpoint which phase of your cycle requires attention and support.
It is a significant contributor to many headaches. Stress can trigger tension headaches. When stressed, your body releases adrenaline, causing your muscles to contract. This muscle tension can exert pressure on your delicate brain and the surrounding bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
These tensions manifest as headaches, often felt in the front, behind the eyes, or even at the back of your head, sometimes radiating down into your shoulders. Identifying your stress triggers and discovering ways to manage or reduce its impact on your body is essential.
We can explore several effective stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, breathing exercises, and yoga, or if the stress is chronic due to long-term factors like work, financial issues, or family matters, we can turn to specific nutrients and medicinal herbs. These strategies help mitigate stress’s impact, preventing it from continually contributing to your headaches, thereby addressing the root cause of your discomfort.
Dehydration is another common trigger for headaches. Consider that your brain is composed of about 80% water. So, especially as we head into the warm Southern Hemisphere summer, not consuming enough fluids can lead to issues.
Insufficient hydration, whether from filtered water or the water content in fruits and vegetables, can result in muscle tension and hinder the efficient removal of toxins from your body. Dehydration can lead to various problems, including fatigue, mental fog, impaired concentration, and headaches. To reduce the likelihood of headaches, it’s vital to stay well-hydrated, especially in warmer weather.
I’ve had many clients tell me that their headaches fade away when they start drinking more water. So, the solution to their discomfort is often within their reach. Instead of reacting to headaches by reaching for water when they strike, staying consistently hydrated can significantly reduce the risk and frequency of headaches.
Nutritional deficiencies can also contribute to headaches. Magnesium is a prime example; it plays a key role in muscle relaxation, yet a significant portion of the population is subclinically deficient in magnesium. Maintaining optimal magnesium levels is important, as it also aids in the absorption of water you consume.
Omega-3 fatty acids, known for their anti-inflammatory properties, can reduce the occurrence of migraines and regular headaches. The B group vitamins, particularly vitamin B2, have shown promise in lessening migraine frequency. They work together with other B vitamins to enhance energy production within your body.
Assessing your diet and lifestyle is essential. Is your food providing the necessary support for your unique needs?
Identifying nutrient deficiencies requires proper testing rather than blindly selecting supplements from a store shelf.
This approach allows you to pinpoint the specific nutrients that will benefit you the most, providing a more effective and tailored solution.
This is a significant factor in addressing recurrent headaches. As a clinical naturopath, I thoroughly examine my clients’ diets to identify potential food reactivity and intolerances. I also pay attention to specific components present in everyday foods, such as amines.
Amines are compounds found in various foods like chocolate, cheese, and alcohol, and increased amine levels can be linked to headaches. Another aspect we explore is the impact of food additives. Substances like MSG, sulfites, nitrates, and artificial sweeteners can potentially trigger headaches. If you’re sensitive to these ingredients or consume them regularly, it may contribute to your headaches’ recurrence.
Could caffeine be a headache trigger for you? Many individuals consume one or more cups of coffee daily. The caffeine content in these beverages can lead to dehydration and, in some cases, contribute to muscle spasms, resulting in tension headaches.
Recover through Naturopathy…
When it comes to food, naturopathy offers a holistic approach. I consider all the factors that might be contributing to your recurrent headaches. This way, the aim is to conquer and eliminate them rather than simply resorting to pain relievers. Many sufferers frequently reach for pain relief medications to alleviate their headaches. However, the underlying issue remains unaddressed.
Naturopathy’s strength lies in uncovering these root causes. I’m committed to helping you make headaches a thing of the past so you can live your life to the fullest and be the best version of yourself.
Schedule a free 15-minute clarity call, and let’s explore how I can assist you in uncovering the causes and triggers of your headaches the natural and effective way.
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This is how gut microbes can influence weight!
Probiotics can help you gain weight or lose weight by interacting with our genetics, food and metabolism.
And yes, I did say lose or gain weight……..
Firstly, let me explain that the trillions of microbes in the gut need to be varied, meaning that there should be a large variety of species. There are many different species (or breeds) of microbes, and they all have their place in aiding health — the more variety and balance, the better health results.
Back to the weight loss or weight gain issue….
Do you eat yogurt and berries for breakfast? Thinking that it’s helping you lose weight?
Well, Lactobacillus acidophilus (like the species found in yoghurt) has been connected to weight gain.
I am not saying throw your yoghurt and berries in the bin. Instead, I am suggesting looking at the overall picture. If Lactobacillus acidophilus is the predominant micro-organism of the gut, then weight gain can result.
It is about the variety of species of gut microbes. Imagine if we only have trained german shepherd guard dogs in the world. It may be a safe world, but I am sure that other breeds may be more suitable as a family pet.
While Lactobacillus acidophilus is associated with weight gain, other Lactobacillus species correlate with weight loss.
Species like Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus gasseri, and Bifidobacteria animalis have been found to support weight loss.
Want to lose weight?
Look at your gut flora to support your goal.
Tests can be performed to identify the predominant species of the gut, and specific species can be utilised to support weight changes.
Want more information about your gut health?
Or want to look at all the factors contributing to weight gain, I’d love to be able to help.