There are plenty of pills to pop when your head starts to ache or throb. But what kind of help can you get if you’re trying to avoid taking pain relievers? Turns out, the produce section of the supermarket offers a lot of relief, you just need to know what to shop for. Here are some foods that can help your headache pain.
Potato - If you had one too many last night, a plate of greasy fries probably sounds pretty good. But a baked potato might be just what you need instead. Foods with a lot of potassium have been shown to help reduce bad headaches and a baked potato with the skin has up to 600 milligrams of it.
Bananas - Potassium helps here too, but bananas also have the power of magnesium, and its calming effects are very helpful when your head is aching.
Watermelon - One of the biggest reasons for headaches is dehydration, so foods rich in water can help soothe the pain. And watermelon is also a good source of potassium and magnesium, so eating this fruit can really help with headache pain.
Pineapple - Grab some fresh pineapple when your head is pounding, it contains an enzyme called bromelain that has been used as a natural form of pain relief for centuries. Plus, this fruit has anti-inflammatory properties that can help your headache too.
Cucumber - Like watermelon, cucumber can deal with the dehydration issue because it’s made of 95% water. So these veggies make a healthy, natural snack when you’re fighting off a headache.