Surprising Facts About Headache Triggers
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Surprising Facts About Headache Triggers

Anything that boosts your stress level like your boss can make you vulnerable to migraines, tension and headache. Changes within the brain cause migraine headaches. A heightened sensitivity of nerve pathways relay pain.

Anything that boosts your stress level like your boss can make you vulnerable to migraines, tension and headache. Changes within the brain cause migraine headaches. A heightened sensitivity of nerve pathways relay pain.

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Here are some of the things that trigger headache:

1. Warm Weather

Research found that 7.5% increase in the risk of experiencing headache for every 9 degrees Fahrenheit. When temperature climbs, it increases the likelihood of developing severe headache or migraine; but when temperature drops when it rains, you are likely to develop non-migraine headaches.

2. Strong Scents

In many people, strong scents trigger their migraines. The strong odors may stimulate the nervous system. It may come from certain types of flowers, perfume and paint.

3. Hair Accessories

A tight ponytail may strain the connective tissue in the scalp the leads to headache. Other accessories that create the same effect are tight-fitting hats, braids, and headbands. It’s better to let your hair down especially when you’re experiencing headache.

4. Exercise

Strenuous exercise can sometimes cause headaches, but this is more common to people who are susceptible to migraines.

5. Poor Posture

Slouching builds pressure in the head and neck muscles. Poor posture include using a chair with no lower-back support, hunching your shoulders, staring at a monitor that is too high or too low, cradling a phone between your ear and your shoulder. Look at your workspace it might be the one causing your headache.

6. Cheese

Aged cheese trigger migraine for some people. Other types include Swiss, blue cheese, parmesan, and cheddar. The reason might be the substance called “tyramine”. The more tyramine a food contains the longer it ages.

7. Red Wine

Tyramine is also found in red wine as well as other alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is a culprit too because it increases blood flow to the brain.

8. Cold Cuts

Cold cuts and other processed meats also contain tyramine and other food additives which trigger headaches to some people.

9. Skipping Meals

Your head starts to ache before you even realize that you’re hungry when you skip a meal. No candy bar can remedy hunger headache. Sweets can make your blood sugar rise then fall even lower. Eat something that’s heavy, or with carbohydrates like bread or with protein like chicken.

10. Smoking

Smoking and secondhand smoke contains nicotine which causes the blood vessels in the brain to narrow.

11. Caffeine

In moderation caffeine is good, but too much of it can cause headache.


1. Identify Triggers

Keep a headache diary. It’s a daily log of physical activity, stressful events, weather changes, and foods you eat. The time your headache started and the time it stopped. Keeping a diary like this will help you find patterns so you’ll know what to avoid.

2. Manage Stress

Migraine is mostly cause by stress and tension. We cannot avoid stressful events, but we can try yoga, meditation and massage, or whatever technique that works for you to relieve stress.

3. Stretch Your Legs

Moderate exercise relieves stress. Walking is good because the swinging motion of the arms relaxes the muscles in your neck and shoulders.

4.  Eat Regular Meals

Eating balanced meals keeps you blood sugar on an even level. Drink enough fluids too because dehydration also trigger headaches.

For people with tension headaches, the combination of education and therapy to reduce pain and improve range of motion is beneficial. Physical therapy helps the muscles and lead to better posture.


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Comments (11)

Very informative specifically for me ..Well done Alma

Good to know; I often suffer from headaches, thanks for the info! Voted up.

I am going to pay more attention to my posture to help relieve headaches. Thanks Alma!

Excellent tips. Coffee and low light relaxation helps my migraines.

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informative, ok

Strong smells trigger headaches for me.

basic info that all of us should learn

Good tips and presented well.

Good tips. Promoted

I've learnt a lot here. Voted!

Nice work!