Headaches can be incredibly disruptive, particularly when they emerge during an especially crucial part of the day, like just before a big work meeting or as you’re trying to prepare dinner for the family. Many of us respond to the first few flickers of a nasty headache by reaching for over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen, though individuals struggling with more intense pain, like that experienced during a migraine headache, sometimes need special prescription medications to get by.
But, what if we could help prevent headaches from taking hold by avoiding foods that lead to their emergence? Is that possible? Let’s take a look at a few different things in our everyday life that may contribute to the onset of painful and irritating headaches.
1. Coffee Drop-Off
Many North Americans count on caffeine-laced beverages — from coffee to tea and energy drinks — to get through the busy work days of the average work week. During the actual week, that may not present too many issues, particularly if you balance your caffeine consumption with lots and lots of water.
But problems can emerge just when you’re ready to enjoy some time off on the weekend. That’s because many people who drink coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages through the week significantly cut back or even eliminate their caffeine consumption on the weekend. For the body, that’s a problem, particularly if you’re a serious caffeine drinker who consumes several cups of coffee or tea during the average work day. To help you handle this transition, try to cut back on your caffeine consumption during the week.