Tips To Prevent Headaches
Headaches may cause intense pain that prevent one from going to work, caring for family, or functioning at all. While there are several types of headaches (tension, migraine, sinus, etc.) which may require specific treatments, below are five tips that may help you prevent the common headache before it starts:

  1. Watch what you eat. Some foods can act as headache triggers. If possible, avoid foods containing MSG, artificial sweeteners and nitrates (often found in hot dogs, deli meats and other processed meats).
  2. Stay hydrated. Dehydration is a well-known migraine trigger. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  3. Keep stress in check. Set aside time daily for meditation, mindfulness and any other activities that can help you relieve stress such as going for a walk.
  4. Enjoy that cup of coffee. If you drink coffee every morning, skipping it may trigger a headache. On the other hand, too much caffeine can also cause headaches. Aim for less than 150 milligrams of caffeine per day, which is about two 8-ounce cups.
  5. Avoid triggering scents. Strong odors can trigger migraines. Pay attention to how you feel when you are exposed to certain smells, and avoid them if they trigger a headache. When on campus, remember that UWindsor is a scent-free space; follow the UWindsor Scent-Free Guidelines.
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