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Rock Your Health: 8 easy ways to stop a headache

Nurse Leader Insider, July 16, 2015

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By Carol Ebert, RN, BSN, MA, CHES, CWP

Are you experiencing headaches due to stress? Many nurse leaders find their daily stress load often results in headaches but using drugs to alleviate the pain is not a long-term solution to deal with the root cause. Here are some great tips I use. Try making these regular practice and you may actually prevent headaches from even occurring. It's all about doing things that feel good and not expecting a quick fix.

H - Hot water, juice of half a lemon, pinch of cayenne pepper: Drink first thing in the morning to stimulate elimination of toxins, aid digestion, and calm the nerves. And stop drinking caffeine-it just keeps you in high gear and the object here is to slow your engine down. I haven't missed coffee at all!

E - Eat every 2-3 hours to keep blood sugar level and prevent energy spikes and drops. Chew food at least 25 times per bite so when it hits your stomach it can be easily digested, important nutrients can be fully absorbed, and abdominal stress will be eliminated. Best foods are low-glycemic and gluten-free.

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