Diets that are deficient in fibre are likely to lead to constipation, which can mean that more toxins are absorbed into the body. This will cause headaches and other symptoms. Avoid refined ingredients like white sugar and refined flour. By adding bran to food you can partially compensate for the lack of roughage caused by the refining of processed food. Moreover, a diet rich in vitamins and minerals can reduce stress. For example, brewer’s yeast contains vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 as well as vitamin C – all of which offer anti-stress benefits.
Foods rich in vitamin E – avocados, cold-pressed vegetable oils, nuts and seeds can also help because vitamin E neutralizes the effects of toxic free radicals, which are believed to cause some headaches.
Intracranial headaches are caused by an increase in blood pressure in the arteries at the base of the brain. This may arise from problems of high blood pressure, stress, a hangover, fever or other factors. One characteristic of intracranial headaches is that the pain changes as you change posture. Relief can be achieved by a flannel soaked in cold water being applied to the back of the neck.
Tension headaches are referred pains (i.e. they are perceived in a different part of the body from where they originate). These extracranial headaches are the result of stress, fatigue, frustration, anxiety or depression. They usually come from tensions in neck muscles and facial muscles. The ability to massage your face and neck effectively is a useful tool for relieving headaches. Learn to massage your face and neck or convince your significant other to learn these skills. You should also learn a routine of gentle neck exercises. It goes without saying that you should also try to minimize the stress in your life.
Daily tension headaches are usually caused by depression, anxiety, anger, frustration or a feeling of inadequacy. They can also arise from excessive use of painkillers. The best solution to these problems is to seek psychological help.
The best way to reduce the risk of headaches is to have a healthy diet, to minimize stress and to sleep regular hours. However, if you suffer from regular headaches you should seek professional medical advice.
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 are likely to – will probably
 to lead to – cause, result in
 constipation – (false friend) – difficulty defecating
 to avoid – (in this case) try not to eat
 flour – particles of cereal grain used to make bread, etc.
 bran – husks (= dry covering) of cereal grain (usually eliminated to make white flour5
 lack of – absence of, deficiency in
 roughage – dietary fibre
 brewer’s yeast – yeast (= fungi used to ferment sugar and make bread) used to make beer
 avocado (pear) – pear-shaped fruit from Mexico that has oily green flesh
 nut – fruit with a hard shell and edible kernel (e.g. almonds, Brazil nuts and peanuts)
 seed – grain, pip
 blood (adj.) – (in this case) arterial
 to arise from (arise-arose-arisen) – be caused by
 hangover – headache and other symptoms resulting from excessive drinking of alcohol
 relief – alleviation, mitigation, reduction of pain
 to achieve – obtain, gain, find
 flannel – small towel for the face
 to be soaked in – be saturated with
 neck – vertebral column connecting the head to the body
 i.e. – (id est) that is
 neck (adj.) – cervical
 tool – (in this case) technique, skill25
 significant other – romantic/sexual partner, husband/boyfriend or wife/girlfriend
 skill – technique, talent, ability
 to arise from (arise-arose-arisen) – occur because of, be the result of
 to seek (seek-sought-sought) – ask for, try to find
 advice – recommendations, help