20 Facts About Headaches

A headache is the most common pain complaint any individual experience every day. By definition, a headache is a result of pain signals due to the interactions between the blood vessels, the brain and the surrounding nerves. The pain comes from the agitated nerves that surrounds the skull, head muscles and blood vessels and not  from the brain as many believe. Primary and secondary are the two types of headaches known today. A primary headache is an actual clinical condition and not a symptom of another disorder. This includes cluster headaches, migraine and tension headaches. A secondary headache is one arising to a condition known to cause a headache or is due to other medical conditions such as allergies, dental disorders, sinuses, head injury or brain tumors. Whether any person is plagued with regular headaches everyday of only get once in a while, here are 20 facts about the dreaded headache that you may not know yet or already know.

  1. Eating a bedtime snack can minimize morning headaches. Most morning headaches are caused by low  blood sugar that occurs overnight. Having a light snack before going to sleep can help minimize morning headaches. A light snack will provide enough sugar for the body to use  and prevent headaches from happening. Diced fruits with cottage cheese, a small bowl of cereal or a cracker and milk can offer relief.
  2. Prolonged watching 3d images can cause headaches and brain strain. A study was made by the  Northwestern University states that people exposed or watching 3d movies for long periods can develop a headache and nausea. The effect is due to the brain strain in processing 3d images.
  3. Rebound headaches are caused by taking in many headache medications in a given time frame. The headache will not go away unless the individual stops taking all medications. Overdosing on pain killers will damage the kidneys, liver and can cause death. Check with a preferred physician for the right medication.
  4. Over exposure to insecticides and pesticides can cause  headaches plus dizziness, vomiting, nausea and breathing troubles. This is a serious case since dangerous chemicals are involved and can even cause death. Over exposure will require immediate medical attention.
  5. High cholesterol can cause headaches. A study was made and linked migraine with aura (flashing lights and tingling sense) and high cholesterol in seniors. This is also linked to a higher risk of stroke and heart disease.
  6. Ancient Greeks and Romans drank chamomile, lavender rosemary and peppermint tea to treat headaches. This has been proven that drinking different kinds of tea and coffee provides caffeine that relieves pain as quickly as painkillers.
  7. Migraines may be hereditary. People suffering migraines have at least one family member having the same condition. If a parent is suffering from migraine, there’s a 50% chance of one of the kids will have the same condition.
  8. Most headaches are harmless although most of them are uncontrollable and disabling at times. Most can be cured by over the counter medications or just by taking a full rest.
  9. Alcohol as a headache trigger  is overstated. Some researchers believe that stress, fatigue and menstruations in women are some of the top triggers. Although too much alcohol in one night will cause a massive hangover and dizziness the morning after.
  10. Sex can cause headaches. This, according to the American Headache Society, men are more likely  to get these kinds of headaches than women. There are two types of headaches related to sex – a dull headache that happens as sex increases and a severe attack as orgasms nears.
  11. Some headaches are caused by dental issues. Jaw clenching  and teeth grinding during sleep are some of headache triggers. Checked with a preferred dentist for any dental issues and solutions regarding teeth grinding and jaw clenching.
  12. Fasting can cause headaches. As mentioned earlier, an individual with a low blood sugar lever will suffer from headaches. Fasting for a number of hours will lower a person’s blood sugar level.
  13. Hormones and headaches are linked. Headaches and migraines are linked to hormonal spikes and fluctuations. This is true for women a few days before and during their periods.
  14. An unhealthy lifestyle will trigger migraines and headaches. Too much smoking, lack of sleep, too much alcohol and an unhealthy diet can cause massive head pains.
  15. Headaches due to tension can affect anyone. It is mostly caused by the neck and shoulder muscles going into spasms, in some cases lasting for days.
  16. During the Neolithic period, it is believed that headaches are caused by bad spirits thus circular chunks of the skull were removed to let the bad spirits go out and escape. Be thankful that this practice is no longer is use.
  17. Brain freeze. Gulping a large Slurpee or eating a frozen dessert as fast as your body can hold will surely give you a brain freeze. This pain is caused by  blood vessel spasms caused by  intense cold from foods. The spasms interrupt the flow of blood and causes the vessels to swell thus the brain freeze.
  18. Acupuncture can help in stopping headaches. A study made by the University of Rochester found that acupuncture bolster a neurotransmitter called “adenosine” that has a numbing effect to nerve cells and bring natural pain relief.  It is said that it is more effective in minimizing the frequency of migraines and headaches during the first 4 months of therapy.
  19. Dehydration and temperature can trigger headaches. When dehydrated, avoid drinking sodas, coffee, tea or alcoholic beverages because it will worsen dehydration. Drink lots of water and rest. High temperatures and low air pressure will also increase the risks of headaches.
  20. Some think that recurrent headaches are something that they have to live with, this is not true. Headaches can be managed with proper medical care, effort and education.

10 Reasons Why You Can’t Concentrate

Are you having a hard time concentrating or can’t even remember where you put the car keys? Are you easily distracted or even daydream during conversations?  We all have days, weeks or even months that  we can’t focus on anything. A minute you’re trying to do research over the internet and then the next minute your opening and reading emails while checking out your Facebook account. And before you can send the messages and get the important points for your research, your sending sms to your colleagues and getting notes for an important meeting. And by the end of the day, you feel that nothing is getting done and accomplished. Some of it is quite normal but when do you know  that it can be a serious problem?  In today’s  technology laden world, there is a nonstop barrage and ruthless assault on everything that breaks one’s attention. It is not entirely your fault and concrete research states that there are actual causes such frustrations, and there are ways to improve and enhance one’s ability to pay attention.

Here are some of the most common triggers of mental distraction and head fuzziness.

  1. Stress and anxiety. These feelings will disrupt will surely disrupt your concentration and can also lead to forgetfulness. If you’re feeling stressed, take a breather. Take your mind out of the matter and relax for a few minutes. Drink water or a cold juice and read some funny anecdotes or comics. Take your mind out of the things causing the anxiety. Breath or have walking, this will refresh your mind and in most cases, a solution to your dilemma may pop up while you’re having a breather.
  2. Technology and gadget overload. Your iPhone, blackberry, iPad, computers and any other gadgets compete for your attention. The human can only take as much information and too much multitasking will result in a harder time concentrating and focused on a single task. Try to organize things by writing down tasks and having  a day planner can help solve such issues. Take a break from your gadgets. If you can set house rules about the times to use your gadgets. It can a gadget free period after dinner or before going to bed. Don’t get tied too much on your gadgets.
  3. Lack of sleep. This is a no brainer. When the body and brain is too tired and worn out, it will result in lack of concentration. You will surely be irritable, will have difficulty managing daily tasks, dealing with a blank mind. A good sleep should be seven to eight hours every night. By getting enough sleep, you should be able to bring back your focus. If you or your mate is having sleeping difficulties and waking feeling tired, checking with a doctor is one of the best bets. You might have an undiagnosed sleep disorder and  your doctor can give the necessary step to make a good sleep happen. There are also reports that lack of sleep can cause death.
  4. Alcohol or drug use. A person dependent on alcohol or any other substance will have focus and concentration problems. The alcohol and drugs will cause the brain to function less than a normal person not  using drugs or drinking too much alcohol. Some medical prescriptions will also have this effect. Check with your doctor to have it treated.
  5. Hormone spikes and changes. Pregnancy and periods, as stated by some women causes forgetfulness and focus problems. Lack of concentration is a common complaint among perimenopausal women.
  6. Prescribed medicine changes can also cause mood swings. Antidepressants can affect a person’s mood and concentration. Sedatives and other anti-anxiety medications can cause prolonged drowsiness and can cloud the mind. Sleeping pills are a big no for this one. Coenzyme Q10 can counteract the side effects.
  7. Anemia is another trigger. Exhaustion and weakness can result to lack of red blood cell production and the much needed oxygen is not distributed and transported properly to the body. This can be treated by changing an unhealthy lifestyle and through nutritional supplements.
  8. Head injury. An accidental hit or knock on the head doing work or sports can cause temporary confusion, temporary memory loss and dizziness. Any serious injuries can cause permanent damage that can lead to concentration issues and difficulties. An immediate treatment after an injury can lower the chances of any permanent damage.
  9. Too little or no exercise.  Studies have stated that regular exercise can keep the mind sharp and increase the memory and learning capacity of  an individual. This is more helpful especially with people suffering from ADHD. Breaking sweat can also help in burning the extra energy that causes  restlessness and help in getting better sleep.
  10. Interest. Researches have found that concentration is driven  by interest and interest is driven by attitude. If your attitude towards a specific work, projects or hobby swells with interest and passion. Concentration will be pretty easy.


The Health Benefits of Krill Oil

When it comes to good health and wellbeing, we’re constantly bombarded with news articles about what we should and shouldn’t be doing to our bodies. Eating too much of this or too little of that will eventually lead to our demise; the latest must-have health supplements come and go like fashion trends, singing their own praises on cyber shelves till the trend runs its course.

The truth lies in a balanced, healthy diet. But of course if that were easy to achieve, there wouldn’t be a thriving, multi-billion dollar health supplement industry. But there are some essential elements that have been conclusively proven to benefit our health, and even prevent potentially fatal diseases. Top of the list are omega-3 fatty acids, scientifically identified as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Our bodies can’t produce these essential fats, so we need to look to our diet or supplements. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has endorsed the fact that fish oil and marine supplements as a source of omega-3 can directly contribute to a marked reduction in the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes and many other life threatening ailments.

Krill oil is fast becoming even more popular than fish oil as a preferred supplement because of its high EPA and DHA content. Krill are tiny shrimp-like crustaceans which are part of the principal diet of whales, small fish and many sea birds. Some of the primary benefits of krill oil supplements:

  • Krill oil helps to lower high cholesterol
  • Controls blood sugar, which can help prevent and control the symptoms of diabetes
  • Anti-inflammatory properties can relieve rheumatoid arthritis and reduce joint stiffness
  • Helps prevent and treat osteoporosis by increasing calcium deposits and improving bone strength
  • Krill oil has been used to help treat ADHD with surprising results
  • Can reduce the symptoms of menopause and PMS

Krill oil contains the vitamins E, A, D as well as potent antioxidants, which help to combat toxic free radicals that attack our immune system. Scientific studies have shown that the antioxidant properties of krill oil are up to 48 times more powerful than fish oil.

As with any supplement, don’t expect to see radical changes in your health overnight. Krill oil supplements should be taken daily on an ongoing basis for the cumulative effects to become evident. After a month, those suffering arthritic complaints or joint pain should see a noticeable difference. Have your cholesterol checked before and during your course of krill oil to monitor how well it’s working. It should be said that those with allergies to shellfish should avoid krill oil supplements, and of course it’s always best to check with your health care professional.

Ideally, our nutritional needs should be satisfied through our daily diet, but with the ever-increasing pace of life, it’s becoming more and more difficult to stay healthy through diet alone. Adding krill oil to your daily nutritional regime could help increase your chances of living a longer, healthier life.