Headaches increase as the temperature goes up. To lower your risk from heat headaches:
PREVENT A HEADACHE
- Avoid over exposure to the sun. Drink extra water, wear a wide brimmed hat and light colored clothing.
- Reduce stress to prevent tension headaches.
- Exercise is a natural stress buster that releases endorphins, which act as painkillers.
- Replacing air conditioning filters can help avoid sinus headaches, if you’re prone to allergies.
- Avoid foods that trigger headaches such as artificially sweetened diet soda, nitrates in hot dogs, MSG in barbeque sauce, and reduce alcohol intake
TREAT A HEADACHE
- Over the counter (OTC) pain meds like aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
- Lay a damp cloth over your eyes and forehead.
- Ice packs offer some relief from migraine headaches, which constrict the blood vessels around your brain.
Stay hydrated with plenty of water, keep active to reduce stress and grill fresh meats instead of smoked or cured foods that can hit you with a headache a few hours later.
"Every head has it’s own headache." - Arab Proverb