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 Headaches are a common symptom and source of pain and debilitation for many people. Conventional medical advice recommends taking over-the-counter medications for headaches including ibuprofen and acetaminophen products such as Tylenol.

Acetaminophen is a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs that have risks to health such as liver and other digestive or wide-spread, systemic damage. Use of acetaminophen is linked to a reduction in glutathione levels in the body. Glutathione is the body’s most important endogenous antioxidant (produced by the body). Glutathione is a sulfur-containing molecule that can absorb impact of many free-radicals that enter the body. Reduction of this important antioxidant can lead to the inability of the body to detoxify itself of harmful substances. A study from 2018 reveals that some people have exceeded dosing limit of non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs and experienced gastrointestinal side-effects including bleeding, ulceration and vomiting.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15878691

Source: http://www.jbc.org/content/274/15/10349.full

Source: https://newsroom.clevelandclinic.org/2018/04/10/study-many-are-taking-too-much-ibuprofen/

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Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19537930

Source: https://naturopathicpediatrics.com/2013/07/15/just-say-no-to-tylenol-acetaminophen-causes-autism/

Other over-the-counter anti-inflammatory products like Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) also have a list of harmful side effects including stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting, to name a few.

Source: https://www.rxlist.com/ibuprofen-side-effects-drug-center.htm

In 2017, the FDA issued a strong warning that NSAID use increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.

Source: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/fda-strengthens-warning-that-nsaids-increase-heart-attack-and-stroke-risk-201507138138

What causes a headache?

Persistent, regular and severe headaches can also be an indication of a more serious, life-threatening condition, including the following:

Types of headaches

What are underlying causes of most headaches?

Headaches are a symptom indicating something in the body is out-of-balance. Chronic headaches are typically a symptom that can be treated and eliminated through addressing dietary and environmental factors. Nutrients such as minerals and vitamins, rest, avoidance of harmful chemicals/products in the diet or environment, and proper nutrition can be an effective preventative measure for future recurrence of chronic headaches.

Chronic mineral and vitamin deficiencies are one of the most common culprits of headaches. Dr. Joseph Mercola, M.D. and Dr. Carolyn Dean both cite Vitamin D and magnesium deficiencies as one of the most common reasons why people experience both typical and migraine headaches. Migraines headaches are a severe and persistent headache that can last for hours, days, and weeks. Migraines occur among 38 million people in the U.S. annually. The body needs nutritional co-factors magnesium and Vitamins A and K2 to enable absorption of Vitamin D.

Source: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/09/08/migraines-nutrient-deficiencies.aspx

Source: https://drcarolyndean.com/2017/04/natural-headache-solution-summit/

Source: https://drcarolyndean.com/2015/01/therapeutic-levels-of-magnesium-treat-migraines/

Source: https://www.westonaprice.org/is-vitamin-d-safe-still-depends-on-vitamins-a-and-k-testimonials-and-a-human-study/

Source: https://www.nutraceuticalsworld.com/contents/view_breaking-news/2013-03-07/association-magnesium-essential-to-absorption-of-vitamin-d-calcium

Dietary changes to prevent and support healing for headache

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4325021/

Source: https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/vegetarianism-and-plant-foods/living-with-phytic-acid/

Source: https://migraine.com/stories/gmo-foods-something-seriously-consider/

Natural remedies and other preparations for headaches

Note: as with any one dietary, supplemental or habit change, daily tea and/or consumption of extracts can help keep headaches away, but should not be considered a stand-alone cure for a headache or any health challenge. Underlying issues (see above) such as nutrient deficiencies, environmental toxins, rest, stress, and others also need consideration and addressing. Tinctures and teas can also be found at most health food stores.

Learn how to make a lemon balm/feverfew tincture at home here.

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3210009/

Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23030536

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