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Friday, July 15, 2011

What a Headache! Part 1

I have been thinking about doing a series on headaches for awhile. Most people get headaches quite frequently, and when they get bad enough, it can seriously affect your life in a negative way. I used to get weekly migraine headaches, stress headache and probably every other type of headache known. I was exercising, eating what I thought was healthy food, and living a pretty healthy life. Then, I changed my life by adding in Shaklee supplements and switching the products I use daily from conventional to organic. These two steps changed my life in a drastic way. I went from sick, tired, and stressed to happy, healthy and back to my energetic self!

It makes me so sad when I hear of others who are suffering in the same ways I was. I want to help, which is why I created this blog in the first place. For the next couple weeks, I will be tackling headaches and telling you what I know about them, what helped me and what you might want to try. I truly hope it helps you. As always, please let me know if there is anything I can do to answer questions or help you more. As those of you who have emailed me in the past know, I am availabe and really do want to help!


Today we will tackle...
STRESS HEADACHES


SYMPTOMS

1. Muscles in back of neck in knots

2. Ache begins in back of neck and moves upward over skull to forehead

3. Usually does not throb or pulsate

CAUSE

Muscular tension in neck and shoulders due to stressful situation OR physical position of neck. Tensed muscles in the neck/shoulder area constrict blood flow & reduce oxygenation of tissues in that area.

WHAT HAS HELPED ME AND OTHERS
1. Moist heat on neck area; I like to warm up a nice wet washcloth or rice pillow
2. Gentle neck rolls to stretch muscles; massage tissues
3. Ginger root compress (1 T grated, raw ginger root in cup of hot water; strain and use liquid on cloth on back of neck)
4. Nutritional helps: Vita Lea & protein provide a balance of nutrients to feed muscles; Calcium Magnesium to relax muscles; Vitamin E to maintain good circulation; B complex to support adrenal glands through stress

Stay well, and I hope you are headache-free soon!
Cara

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  2. I'll have to try the ginger root compress. I get lots of migraines and headaches, so I'll try just about anything that can help!

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  3. I suffer from migraines & want to add that doctors recommend magnesium supplements- which I have been taking for months now and they have helped tremendously! No more weekly migraines for me.

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    1. Yup, great point! So glad that you are getting relief!

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  4. Thanks for the info,Carbs!:)

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