Surprising Headache Triggers

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What’s To Blame?
Could it be something you ate? Not enough sleep? Want to know what could be causing your headache? Our comprehensive list just might help you out.
Your Weight
In a recent study, researchers found that women with mild obesity (a body mass index of 30) had a 35% greater risk of headaches than those with a lower bmi. Severe obesity (bmi of 40) upped the chances to 80%.
Your Personality
Certain traits, including rigidity, reserve, and obsessivety may make you headache-prone. If that sounds like you, it could be time to sign up for relaxation training.
That Three-day Vacay
Weekend or “let-down” headaches can happen when you take a break from your routine. Ease into the change by keeping your sleep time as normal as possible—you’ll end up feeling more rested than if you stay in bed until noon.
Your Bathroom Paint Job
It’s not just arguing over paint colors that can give you a headache; fumes from traditional paints can trigger pain. Many companies now make nearly odorless, low-voc (volatile organic compound) formulas.
Dehydration
You don’t have to drink gallons of water to stay hydrated. Its more better to get more water from eating fruits and vegetables because then they’d get all the other good things that come with them.
Skipping Meals
We know you’re busy, but hunger is a common headache trigger.
Too Much Caffeine
A little can help headaches but too much can trigger them. If caffeine is causing your pain, gradually cut back until you have caffeine no more than two days a week.
Inactivity
A recent Swedish study showed that those who were inactive were more likely to get headaches than those who worked out. Aim for 20 to 30 minutes of cardio a day, five days a week, to relieve stress, send blood to the brain, and get feel-good endorphins flowing. Exercise may be a trigger for some people, so consult your doc first.
Sleep Deprivation
One large study says those who slept an average of six hours a night tended to have significantly more severe and more frequent headaches than those who got more z’s.
Don’t Feed Your Headache
Everyone reacts differently, but some foods are known to trigger headaches for many people—and others (especially those rich in magnesium) seem to help prevent them.
Eat:Spinach, tofu, oat bran, barley, fish oil, olive oil, white beans, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Avoid:Red wine, beer, MSG, chocolate, aged cheese, sauerkraut, processed meats like pepperoni, ham, and salami.

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