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headache, migraine

Headaches happen to everyone, and everyone hates them. They can be mild or severe, they can be all over your head or radiate from one side.

Whatever they are, they’re the worst. They make simple tasks seem insurmountable and make even a great day miserable.

What you might not realize is that different types of headaches come from different causes, and that means they can be soothed, at least a little, if you know what’s causing the pain.

Just like with any other part of your body, you can learn the habits of headaches, and have a better idea of how to make them hurt less, as well as how to avoid them in the future with some simple changes to diet and habits.

There are actually several types of headaches. The most common are migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches. They can be the result of illness, injury, or a problem elsewhere in the body. They can also occur from stress and emotional tension, overexertion, or even dietary issues.

In addition, there are primary and secondary headaches. Primary headaches are annoying and painful, but are harmless. A secondary headache is a symptom of another problem, and can be anything from harmless to dangerous.

If you have recurring headaches or ones that really inhibit living your life, talk to a medical professional to learn about your treatment options. And read on to see what your headaches are trying to tell you.

Headache Type 1: Allergies

Headache Type 1: Allergies

Allergies are a major source of headaches, especially as they can cause blockage of the sinuses and pressure in the head.

Allergy headaches are often accompanied by watery, itchy eyes, and the ache is usually felt all over the head and face. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’ve probably had these.

Treatment can include antihistamine and cortisone medications, which are typically prescribed by a doctor.

Headache Type 2: Sinus

Headache Type 2: Sinus

A sinus infection causes pressure, but the infection does too.

These headaches are usually felt in the forehead, around the eyes, and in the cheeks. They’ll usually get worse as the day wears on.

Sinus headaches can be cleared up with antibiotics and/or nasal decongestants.

If you get these more than most people do, talk to your doctor to make sure there isn’t an internal issue like a deviated septum.

Headache Type 3: Anxiety

Headache Type 3: Anxiety

If you’re stressed out, you might feel pain across your forehead in a “headband” formation.

These headaches usually come during periods of stress and anxiety, such as being overworked or going through an emotional time.

Stress management is the best way to prevent these headaches. Breathing and mediation help when your head starts to throb, and getting enough sleep is important in soothing these too.

Headache Type 4: Cluster

Headache Type 4: Cluster

Cluster headaches are severely painful and usually centered around the eye.

They can cause the eye to water and can also cause nasal congestion. Facial flushing is also common.

These headaches are more common in men than in women and often come in attacks. There’s no real known cause, although it may be genetic, and alcohol and smoking can exacerbate them.

Prescribed medication is typically the best way to soothe these.

Headache Type 5: Caffeine Withdrawal

Headache Type 5: Caffeine Withdrawal

If you drink a lot of coffee, you might notice that your head hurts after a while without a cup. This is a sign of withdrawal — caffeine is a drug, after all.

These headaches are throbbing, caused by blood vessels which were constricted by the caffeine, dilating again.

The best way to stop these is to cut down on caffeine. In severe cases, you may have to cut out caffeinated drinks altogether.

Headache Type 6: Migraine

Headache Type 6: Migraine

Migraines tend to run in families, so if your family has a history of them, you very well may experience them too. Pain is usually felt on one side of the head and is moderate to severe.

They can last anywhere from four to 72 hours, and can inhibit everyday activity. Some people experience nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and/or sound.

Some people also experience an aura before the onset of a migraine.

Migraines are typically treated with medication, as well as biofeedback.

Headache Type 7: Tension

Headache Type 7: Tension

Tension headaches are the most common type and are usually felt in the temples, the back of the head, and down the neck.

They can be mild to severe, but can usually be alleviated with aspirin or other over-the-counter painkillers.

These headaches might be caused by strain on the muscles and connective tissue in the neck and scalp, and can be caused by both physical and emotional stress.

Treatments also include rest and stress management.

Headache Type 8: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

Headache Type 8: Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)

TMJ pain stems from muscle contractions in the temple and jaw, and can also come with a painful clicking noise in the temple when the jaw is moved.

It’s usually caused by the jaw being out of alignment, causing strain.

Treatment includes relaxation of the muscles and correction of the bite to align the jaw.

Headache Type 9: Digestive Issues

Headache Type 9: Digestive Issues

A headache that comes at the same time as stomach upset is likely caused by something you ate. Hunger can also cause headaches, so sometimes it’s something you didn’t eat!

Other times, these headaches can be caused by food allergies and sensitivities, as well as to additives.

Over-consumption of alcohol will also cause these headaches, which are felt across the forehead and in the eyes and temples.

If you get these frequently, reassess your diet, possibly with the help of a nutritionist, and keep alcohol consumption to a minimum.

Headache Type 10: Giant Cell Arteritis

Headache Type 10: Giant Cell Arteritis

Giant cell arteritis is an inflammation of the lining of the arteries, and is typically found in the arteries in the head, usually around the temples.

It causes headaches and scalp tenderness, as well as jaw pain and vision problems. Without treatment, it can even cause vision loss and increase risk of stroke.

This condition requires medication, so talk to your doctor.

Do you get headaches often? Do you have a tried-and-true remedy you’d like to share?

vegetable, fruit, detox

Practiced for thousands of years by cultures around the world –detoxification is about resting, cleansing and nourishing the body from the inside out. By removing and eliminating toxins, then feeding your body with healthy nutrients, detoxifying can help protect you from disease and renew your ability to maintain optimum health. These foods will assist in boosting your metabolism, optimizing digestion, while allowing you to lose weight and fortify your immune system.



Artichokes help the liver function at its best, which in turn will help your body purge itself of toxins and other things it doesn’t need to survive. It ups the liver’s production of bile, and since bile helps break down foods which helps your body use the nutrients inside them, an increase in bile production is typically a good thing.



Apples are full of wonderful nutrients. You get fibre, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals such as D-Glucarate, flavonoids and terpenoids. All of these substances are used in the detox process. One flavonoid, Phlorizidin (phlorizin), is thought to help stimulate bile production which helps with detox as the liver gets rid of some toxins through the bile. Apples are also a good source of the soluble fibre pectin, which can help detox metals and food additives from your body. It’s best to eat only organic apples as the non-organic varieties are among the top 12 foods that have been found to contain the most pesticide residues. Organically produced apples also have a 15 percent higher antioxidant capacity than conventionally produced apples.


Almonds are the best nut source of Vitamin E. In fact, just one ounce contains 7.3 mg of “alpha-tocopherol” vitamin E, the form of the vitamin the body prefers. They’re also high in fiber, calcium, magnesium, and useable protein that helps stabilize blood sugar and remove impurities from the bowels.



Not only does asparagus help to detoxify the body, it can help you wage the anti-aging battle, protect you from getting cancer, help your heart to stay healthy, and is a general anti-inflammatory food. It’s also known to help with liver drainage, which might sound like a bad thing, but since the liver is responsible for filtering out the toxic materials in the food and drinks we consume, anything that backs up its drainage is not doing you any favors. Asparagus also helps reduce risk of death from breast cancer and increase the odds of survival.



This wonder fruit is packed with antioxidants, lowers cholesterol and dilates the blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity. Avocados contain a nutrient called glutathione, which blocks at least 30 different carcinogens while helping the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that elderly people who had high levels of glutathione were healthier and less likely to suffer from arthritis. Consuming avocados is associated with better diet quality and nutrient intake level, lower intake of added sugars, lower body weight, BMI and waist circumferences, higher “good cholesterol” levels and lower metabolic syndrome risk.



Basil has anti-bacterial properties, and it’s full of antioxidants to protect the liver. The active ingredients are terpenoids. It is also wonderful for digestion and detoxification, too. It supports the functioning of the kidneys and also acts as a diuretic to help the body expel unwanted toxins. Basil has been known to have anti-ulcer qualities as well as antimicrobial effects that guard against bacteria, yeast, fungi and mold. Basil seed can also help with constipation. The anticancer properties of basil may also relate to its ability to influence viral infections.



A single serving of beets can do more for your health than most foods in the produce isle. Not only can they boost your energy and lower your blood pressure, but eating beets in the long-term can help you fight cancer, reduce arthritic pain, boost your brain as well as help you lose weight. Beets contain a unique mixture of natural plant chemicals (phytochemicals) and minerals that make them superb fighters of infection, blood purifiers, and liver cleansers. They also help boost the body’s cellular intake of oxygen, making beets excellent overall body cleansers. When you’re detoxing, beets will help by making sure that the toxins you’re getting out actually make it out of your body. Many detox cleanses go wrong when toxins are reintroduced to the body because they don’t make it all the way out.



Blueberries contain natural aspirin that helps lessen the tissue-damaging effects of chronic inflammation, while lessening pain. Just 300 grams of blueberries protects against DNA damage. Blueberries also act as antibiotics by blocking bacteria in the urinary tract, thereby helping to prevent infections. They have antiviral properties and are loaded with super-detoxifying phytonutrients called proanthocyanidins.



These tasty treats are packed with selenium, which is key to flushing mercury out of your body. The body uses selenium to make ‘selenoproteins’, which work like antioxidants preventing damage to cells and there is growing body of evidence to show it has a key role in our health. The consumption of brazil nuts has been found to be inversely associated with risk of pancreatic cancer, independent of other potential risk factors for pancreatic cancer.



Broccoli specifically works with the enzymes in your liver to turn toxins into something your body can eliminate easily. If you’re stuck for ways on how to make broccoli taste better try dehydrating or consider eating it raw. But don’t microwave it as this destroys both the nutritional and detox potential. Broccoli contains a very powerful anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial called sulforaphane which helps prevent cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and allergies.



Broccoli sprouts can actually provide more benefit than regular broccoli as they contain 20 times more sulfurophane. They contain important phytochemicals that are released when they’re chopped, chewed, fermented, or digested. The substances are released then break down into sulfurophanes, indole-3-carbinol and D-glucarate, which all have a specific effect on detoxification. Add these to your salads and get creative with them in your meals. Researchers have found that an oral preparation made from broccoli sprouts trigger an increase in inflammation-fighting enzymes in the upper airways.


In addition to cleansing your liver, cabbage will also aid in helping you go to the bathroom, which in turn helps you expel the toxins, getting them out of your system so you can start fresh. It contains sulfur, which is essential when it comes to breaking down chemicals and removing them from your body. Along with other cole crops, cabbage is a source of indole-3-carbinol, a chemical that boosts DNA repair in cells and appears to block the growth of cancer cells.



The oils from cinnamon contain active components called cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol. Cinnamaldehyde has been well-researched for its effects on blood platelets helps prevent unwanted clumping of blood cells. Cinnamon’s essential oils also qualify it as an “anti-microbial” food, and cinnamon has been studied for its ability to help stop the growth of bacteria as well as fungi, including the commonly problematic yeast Candida. Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties are so effective that recent research demonstrates this spice can be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives. It has one of the highest antioxidant values of all foods and its use in medicine treats everything from nausea to menstruation and energy to diabetes.



While they are more popular as fruits that help prevent urinary tract infections, cranberries are antibacterial and are known to remove many different toxins from your body. Cranberries feature a rich profile of anti-inflammatory nutrients, provide immune and cardiovascular support, as well as promote digestive health. Consuming cranberry products has been associated with prevention of urinary tract infections (UTIs) for over 100 years.

By Prevent Disease
teeth whitening

Made from fermented apples, and rich in pectin and essential minerals, apple cider vinegar is highly valued for its medicinal properties. It’s used in many folk remedies for treatment of various health issues, including teeth whitening.

Why is apple cider vinegar beneficial for teeth whitening?

First of all, apple cider vinegar is a powerful cleaning agent, which helps maintain the acidic pH value. It’s highly beneficial for removing stains and whitening your teeth as well as for treating gum disease caused by mouth bacteria.

apple cider vinegar, teeth whitening

How to whiten your teeth using apple cider vinegar
  1. Dilute apple cider vinegar with water in a ratio of half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water.
  2. Store in a small glass bottle.
  3. Mouth pull in the morning.
  4. Brush your teeth as normal afterwards.
  5. Do this regularly to remove stains on your teeth and whiten them at the same time.
Useful tips
  1. Always shake the bottle before use as the essential ingredients fall at the bottom.
  2. Never forget to dilute the vinegar as its acidity may damage your teeth enamel.
  3. Don’t use this treatment too often, at least no more than once a day in order to protect your enamel.
blackheads, whiteheads

If you are the kind of person who can’t stand having pimples or those dreaded blackheads on your face, this is the video for you. They usually appear on the oilier places on your face: on and around the nose, the chin area and forehead.

Many of us squeeze them because they are so unsightly. However, not only does the area refill, often turning into a pimple, but it also stretches the pore. Stretched pores are more prone to getting further infection and they don’t shrink back! So, don’t pop them.

I am constantly on the lookout for natural remedies to get rid of blackheads, and have tried many. The one you are about to view on the footage below has yielded the best results. I literally could not believe what came out, when I peeled the mask off. It requires only two ingredients: milk and gelatin. Follow the steps on the video, and let us know what you think.