How To Get Rid Of Headache? 20 Things That You Should Avoid

There are many types of headache such as Migraine headache, Sinusitis headache, Tension headache, Depression headache, etc. But there are a few food items and habits, avoiding which helps to get rid of headache.  Follow these simple and easy-to-follow rules and set your head free from ache. 🙂

How to get rid of headache?

Make a note: Specially in migraine headache and in all almost all the other types of headaches, certain types of food triggers headache. Make a note of food that you took within 1- 2 days of headache, point out that one or two particular common food that is continuously present every time and avoid them as much as possible.  Please note the headache triggering food may be different for different people.

Usually, these are the headache diet that is to be avoided.

Headache diet – food & things to avoid in headache

Avoid these things, generally to avoid triggering of headache.

If you have a headache attack,

Avoid long journey and heavy travelling: It increases Vata and triggers headache.

Avoid green chilli and such other hot and spicy food: It increases Pitta and triggers headache.

Avoid ground nut, brinjal and potato: Usually these foods are related with headache trigger.

  • Do not talk too much
  • Do not stay awake till late at night
  • Do not skip meals.
  • Do not fast.

All the above four directly increase Vata in you and triggers headache. Avoid them.

Do not sit for long in front of TV or computer screens. Their radiations may trigger headaches.

Long hours of mobile phone use, radiations, exposure to loud sounds may cause headache.

Flashy lights, loud music, too hot or too cold water baths – not good for headache. Avoid them.

Smoking and Alcohol – not good even for those without a headache.

Strong tea, strong coffee – Not good in headache.

curds For some, curds may trigger headache.

For people with sinusitis headache, avoid ice creams, frozen food, oily food stuff in general and especially at night.

Aerated drinks, junk food, colas – Are they good for anybody? Only for the companies which manufacture them. 🙂

PranayamaSome may have headache from Pranayama. In a few, it is seen that Pranayama actually triggers headache. Take care.

6 comments on “How To Get Rid Of Headache? 20 Things That You Should Avoid

  • Priya

    23/01/2013 - 1:09 pm

    I would like to add something which I have experienced. Sometimes, if I have woken up in the morning with a headache (not a very severe one or a migraine), I go out for a 15 minute walk. When I come back, I find that my headache has disappeared. Even my son, who is a tennis player once told me that he got cured of a mild headache when he went and played for 15 minutes. Somehow, the exercise in the fresh air seems to act like a medicine.

    Avoiding constipation also helps me to fight my migraine.

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  • Gaurav

    29/09/2014 - 10:04 am

    are such oxygen masks available somewhere?

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  • Rohini

    16/12/2014 - 7:13 am

    20 things that you should avoid is very useful article. Author covered many things from Food to computer usage. I really want to thank for writting this article.
    Although, I feel headache if it is recurrenting then among the many reason one reason is Tension and Stress. If you can curve tension and stress then you can win over the headache.I do yoga and meditation daily. Try to do twice in a day though ended up once in a day. Morning is the best time for yoga and meditation. Yoga sgould be done in good aerated place. While doing meditation light one or two sandal cycle agarbathi or any other, it will help you to concentrate well. Do this and let me know if this helpful. If you don’t know how to do meditation then check youtube tutorials or join some meditation club.

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    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu)

      16/12/2014 - 9:16 am

      Good points. I think the Agarbatti, if at all one opts to use, should be very mild and of very good quality. Or else, the incense stick smell itself can trigger a headache attack!

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  • Kunwar Singh

    17/08/2015 - 1:06 am

    More than 15 years back, I had stopped drinking alcohol, tobacco consumption and eating non-vegetarian food. It has been more than 30 years now that I remember drinking tea or coffee. My breakfast consists of sweet fruits and I eat two meals. I avoid taking milk products, aerated cold drinks, soy products, sweets, oily, spicy and junk food, super fine flour (maida), refined oil, saturated vegetable oil and sugar. To replace sugar, I take jaggery and honey. I never allow my stomach to suffer from constipation and get regular bowel movements and this keeps me healthy and never got headache in 15 years or so.

    The headache is mainly due to deposit of mucus in the head that causes great discomfort. To get rid of headache without taking pills, you should tickle the inside of your nostrils with the help of a toothpick and sneeze for atleast 20 times to remove the mucus from nose. After the mucus is released from the head through nostrils, you get complete relief from headache. Secondly, steam inhalation is also beneficial to combat headache. Take Triphala powder/tablets/capsules to treat your constipation to get regular bowel movements. Best of health!

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