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Causes of Headaches

By Robert Hermann DC, Chiropractor at Hermann Wellness, Bloomington, IL

Board Certified in Chiropractic Orthopedics

Tension- Stress: Most common cause: Chiropractic adjustments are the most effective treatment for these type of headaches.

Sinus Problems: These headaches are usually accompanied by congestion or mucus.

Hormones Changes: Changes in Hormones during the menstrual cycle can trigger a headache. Birth Control Pills, Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Physical Exertion

Changes in Sleep Patterns:

Weather Changes Changes in the barometric pressure can cause headaches.

Food Triggers

Caffeine: A change in caffeine levels are one of the most common causes of headaches. It is best to avoid caffeine if you have headaches. Sodas, chocolate, tea and even pain relievers can have caffeine. Read labels.

Tannins: Tea, Red wine, red skinned fruits: apples, apple juice, pears, grapes, cider

Sulfites: Found in wine especially white wine, most dried fruits, canned vegetables and many processed food. Check labels.

Tyromine and Phenylethylamine: amino acids found in chocolate, aged and fermented cheese, all nuts and most seeds, citrus fruits and vinegar (red and balsamic), beer, red wine, sherry and vermouth. Tyromine levels can increase with time. Be careful with leftovers.

Alcohol: Causes dehydration which can cause headaches. See tannins and sulfites.

Nitrites: deli meats, pepperoni, bologna, hot dogs, sausages, corn beef and all other meats that have been processed.

Additives: MSG (monosodium glutamate) hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed animal protein, kombu extract, any product claiming to have "natural flavor" or "natural flavorings".

Aspartame: Equal or NutraSweet

 Five supplements that can help headaches:

  • Riboflavin
  • Omega 3 Fats
  • Feverfew
  • CoQ10
  • Magnesium
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