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Headache Can Be A Sign Of More Serious Health Problems

In these stress-ridden times, when there is always much to do and not enough hours to get it done , headaches have become a daily ailment for millions of people around the world; pounding pulses of pain that, despite  not being crippling, can turn a normal day into an ordeal.

The use of painkillers is widely embraced when it comes to easing the nuisance of headaches, however, taking them on a regular basis can be harmful and detrimental to your health. Fortunately, there is a better way to deal with annoying headaches and minimize their effects: natural remedies. Natural remedies help you overcome your ailment without putting your health at risk, their ingredients can easily be found and they can be prepared at home without much difficulty.

In order to clarify which remedy works best for you, it helps to identify the source of your headache, be it a long day of work in front of the computer, nerve inflammation, magnesium deficiency or dehydration, among other causes, there is a natural remedy that suits each case best.

If the cause of your headache is the eyestrain produced by long periods of time in front of the computer, it is recommended to readjust the brightness and contrast on your computer screen, taking short breaks and ensuring the monitor is at safe distance (18”) from your eyes and at eye level.

Sometimes, residual nerve inflammation from viruses can lead to migraines, in such cases, feverfew supplements are advised, in order to reduce the swelling and minimizing the pressure on the nerves.

Headaches can also be caused by tension of the muscles due to stress. In these situations, ice compresses applied on the head and/or hot compresses, in the form of hot steaming towels or heating pads, placed on the neck, help to relax tense muscles that cause migraines.

Another remedy for nerve inflammation is Ginger tea. This ancient herb has been part of Chinese traditional medicine for centuries, and has been proven to serve the same purpose as aspirins, in the same amount of time, with no side-effects.

Just like with other ailments, prevention is crucial when it comes to reducing the incidence of headaches and migraine. It is always better to identify causes and to control them than trying to find the best remedy. Living a relaxed life, leaving time for leisure activities, drinking enough water and getting the proper amount of sleep hours are the best ways to avoid the annoyance of headaches.

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