Dr Oz: Best Foods to Prevent Headaches & Migraine Headache Symptoms

By on July 22, 2013

Dr Oz: Best Foods to Prevent Headaches

Dr. Oz says foods are one of the easiest ways to prevent and treat the most common headaches, so he invited Neurologist Dr. Majid Fotuhi to share a diet that will ease your pain and end your headaches. Dr. Fotuhi explained that prevention is the most important tool in keeping headaches at bay, which can be accomplished by eating the right foods and exercising. Dr. Fotuhi says exercise encourages blood flow to the brain, which helps to prevent headaches.

Dr Oz: Migraine Headache Symptoms

Dr Oz: Best Foods to Prevent Headaches & Migraine Headache Symptoms

The best way for women to prevent menstrual headaches is to add Magnesium to their diet, which can be found in foods like bananas & sweet potatoes.

The most common signs of a migraine headache are pain on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and nausea. You can prevent migraine headaches by adding more Riboflavin to your diet. Dr. Fotuhi says studies showed that those with healthy levels of Riboflavin in their body reduced their migraine headaches by 50%!

Add Riboflavin-rich foods to your diet:

  • Quinoa
  • Mushrooms
  • Asparagus
  • Low-Fat Milk

Dr Oz: Foods That Prevent Menstrual Headaches

Dr. Oz says the most common sign of a hormonal headache, which often occurs once a month in women, is pain on one side of the head. If you suffer from regular menstrual headaches, Dr. Fotuhi recommends around 450 milligrams of Magnesium per day.

Best Sources of Magnesium:

  • Sesame Seeds
  • Bananas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Swiss Chard
  • Spinach

Dr Oz: Tension Headache Symptoms

Dr. Oz says another common headache is a tension headache. The signs are a dull pain that feels like a band wrapping around your head. Dr. Fotuhi says best way to avoid tension headaches is to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night and practice some type of relaxation. Another way to prevent them is by adding CoQ10 to your diet because it reduces inflammation and increases blood flow.

Foods High in CoQ10:

  • Eggs
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Mackerel
  • Tuna

Dr Oz: Water-Rich Foods

The cold or flu headache is often caused due to dehydration when the body is sick, but luckily there are many foods you can eat that are high in water content.

  • Watermelon
  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Pineapple
  • Grapefruit

Dr Oz: The Worst Headache Treatment

Dr. Majid Fotuhi says the worst thing you do if you get a headache is take an over-the-counter medication like Aspirin, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen because they can actually cause a medication overuse headache, or “rebound headache”. Dr. Fotuhi says it is okay to use these remedies, once a week, but they should be avoided as much as possible. Instead he says to go to a quiet room and rest, but then focus on prevention as the best defense against future headaches.

Dr Oz: Do Rainy Days Trigger Headaches?

Dr. Oz invited two friends from his audience, both named Wendy, to take a headache challenge to see if they know what truly triggers most headaches.

  1. A rainstorm or a sunny day? The barometric pressure on a rainy day can lead to headaches in many people.
  2. Sunflowers or Gardenias? Gardenias have a strong, perfumey smell, which is more likely to cause a headache.
  3. Beer or wine? The tannins in red wine are more likely to cause a headache than beer.
  4. Constipation or diarrhea? The answer is diarrhea because of the dehydration it causes to the body.
  5. Jogging is more likely than yoga to trigger a headache because you usually sweat more, which dehydrates the body.

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