Headaches are a common symptom and source of pain and debilitation for many people. Headaches can come from stress, tension, allergens or unknown cause. Conventional medical advice recommends taking over-the-counter medications for headaches including ibuprofen and acetaminophen products such as Tylenol. Did you know that Tylenol is dangerous that it has a “black box warning” (the FDA’s strongest drug label warning)? The FDA is completely aware of the dangers associated acetaminophen. They promised to implement safety measures and dosage restrictions, warnings, and safety measures to protect consumers from the harms of Tylenol way back when, but never followed through.
It’s been 40 years and they haven’t done a thing. Tylenol makes way too much money and you know about the FDA’s impressive ability to write-off children damaged by billion dollar industries. These pain relievers come with many side effects and should be avoided.
Here's a short list of natural remedies for headaches and suggestions on dietary changes to help eliminate headaches from Healthmade.co .
Dietary changes to prevent and support healing for headache
- Avoid processed and packaged foods, ingredients, and other products. Processed foods contain ingredients that can cause headaches and other chronic health issues to occur.
- Consume real, organic foods - nutrient-dense foods such as grassfed and finished meats, pasture-raised poultry and eggs and safe-sourced seafood. All these foods are abundant in important nutrients including fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K2, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and Omega 3 essential fatty acids important for health.
- Avoid sugar - sugar depletes the body of important minerals and displaces truly nutrient-dense foods that support wellness.
- Avoid alcohol. Alcohol causes dehydration and mineral depletion (see avoid sugar and processed products, above. Both contain sugar and other ingredients that can easily deplete nutrients from the body, contain toxins, and contribute to headaches and other chronic health issues).
- Consume fermented and cultured foods - sauerkraut, pickles and other cultured vegetables, yogurt, sour cream and kefir made from organic, whole, raw milk.
- Consume fermented beverages - cultured vegetable juices from sauerkraut, pickles, beet kvass (a Ukrainian drink made from beets, salt and filtered water), kombucha and water kefir. Fermented foods and beverages contain minerals, vitamins and enzymes that contribute to health and can help keep the body replete with nutrients that prevent headaches and other chronic health issues.
- Consume homemade bone broth with sea salt - broths and sea salt contain amino acids and trace minerals that are helpful in maintaining wellness and can contribute to keeping headaches away.
- Use sea salt in food preparation and cooking - sea salt contains critical, trace minerals for health including magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, boron, zinc, iron, and many others that can help eliminate headaches.
- Avoid foods that can contribute to nutrient-depletion - soy, corn, grain and gluten foods that aren't traditionally prepared via soaking, sprouting and fermentation can leach minerals from the body - which contributes to headaches - and also contribute to other health issues
- Heal your digestive tract, naturally. The digestive tract is where most illness and disease originates.
- Avoid GMOs (genetically-modified organisms, found in 90% or more of our mainstream food supply). Any artificial, synthetic, or toxic substances in your diet or environment can contribute to headaches and other chronic health issues.
Natural remedies and other preparations for headaches
- Magnesium oil (topical application) spray. Our bodies become depleted from important minerals such as magnesium easily from daily stress, anxiety and life tasks. Magnesium spray absorbs quickly and easily via the skin, and is more easily absorbed than through the digestive track topically. Recommended: 12foru magnesium spray, can also be put into capsules and taken orally.
- Liposomal Vitamin C - Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and important nutrient. Reduces bioaccumulation of toxins and enhancesand rebuilds glutathione functions, both of which can help prevent headaches.Recommended: 12foru liposomal Vitamin C.
- Epsom and/or magnesium salt baths as needed or 2-3 times weekly. Epsom and magnesium salts can be purchased at most health food stores and are excellent for promoting relaxation and detox in the body to help prevent headaches and other chronic health issues.
- Use a water filtration / purification system for drinking/bathing and cooking, if possible
- Avoid chemicals and toxins in clothing, personal and beauty care products, and commercial products in your home or business environments - eliminate commercial and chemical cleaners, detergents, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, solvents, plastics, formaldehyde and others that could be lurking in garments, furniture, paint, carpets, and others. Read labels and purchasing natural products with few ingredients, and those that are real, plant-based, and eco-friendly. For example, products with vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils are preferable to products containing harmful chemicals with warning labels.
- Reduce stress and anxiety. Lowering your blood pressure naturally via diet and other means is one way to accomplish this task.
- Drink plenty of filtered water throughout the day. See above on water purification / filtration.
- Obtain adequate sleep and rest. Sleep and rest allow the body to replenish, repair and rejuvenate its cells, organ systems and the brain. These can all contribute to reduction and avoidance of headaches and other chronic health issues.
- Use massage, chiropractic, reflexology and other holistic care to help promote circulation, muscle-loosening and relaxation, stress-relief and obstructions in the spine or muscular-skeletal system that can contribute to headaches and other chronic health issues.
- Herbal tinctures (or teas) to help with headache tension and relief: feverfew, ginger, butterbur, willow, and lemon balm tinctures.
Note: as with any one dietary, supplemental or habit change, daily tea and/or consumption of extracts can help keep headaches away, but should not be considered a stand-alone cure for a headache or any health challenge. Underlying issues (see above) such as nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins, rest, stress, and others also need consideration and addressing. Tinctures and teas can also be found at most health food stores.
Tylenol is hazardous - They Have Known It For 40 years
Now might not be the best time to tell you that Tylenol has a “black box warning” (the FDA’s strongest drug label warning) and contains the following ingredients:
Carboxymethylcellulose sodium (a thickening agent), carrageenan (associated with cancer and gastrointestinal disease), citric acid, flavor, glycerin, hydroxyethyl cellulose, microcrystalline cellulose, propylene glycol (a common ingredient in antifreeze that could be neurotoxic), propylparaben (a hazardous substance and endocrine disruptor), purified water, sodium benzoate, sorbitol solution, sucralose, and of course – acetaminophen.