The headache often is unusual – what provokes it
The head hurts for many reasons and doctors have an explanation for many of them: because of high/low blood pressure or another disease, for example sinusitis; from overtiring; when the weather changes; because of prolonged staring; premenstrual syndrome; in the first months of pregnancy; after sex; during prolonged use of contraceptive drugs; with a hangover. But often headaches appear for unusual reasons, and sometimes for no reason at all.
1. Headache for no reason
This is the so-called “cluster” – an acute headache that occurs on the side of the head or face. It comes and goes suddenly and may not manifest itself for a long time, but scientists have not yet discovered what causes this phenomenon.
2. Various scents
It is provoked by various scents: particularly sharp and strong perfume or air freshener, the smell of cooking, of certain types of food, for example onions, the suffocating smell of cigarette smoke.
Smoking leads to many health problems, including headaches, most often the so-called “tension” where we feel as if our head is held in a vise.
4. Living in the fresh air
It is incredible, but it turns out that even healthy practices such as living in the fresh air in nature can lead to headaches – tension or migraine-type, when the pain “pulsates” behind the eyes. This conclusion is reached by several scientific studies in different countries that focus on women living in rural and urban areas. Female residents of homes in nature complained of headaches more often than female residents of the city.
5. A question of (self)suggestion
A placebo experiment proves it. 40% of people who were given a medicine containing glucose, but accompanied by the statement that it was likely to give them a headache, confirmed the occurrence of a headache after taking the pill.
6. The change of seasons
The change of seasons and electromagnetic natural waves can cause headaches, American scientists find and explain that the presence of electromagnetic waves and the increase of ozone in the atmosphere provoke migraines. It is important to know that dirty urban smog can contain a high concentration of this gas.
The caffeine and phenylethylamine in it make it risky. It has been proven that in over 20% of people who complain of chronic headaches, it is caused by regular consumption of chocolate.
8. Foods with nitrate-based preservatives
E252 is the most famous preservative, it contains potassium nitrate and causes headaches and a number of other health problems. Try to avoid products with it: smoked and cooked meats, sausages, some types of cheese and canned goods.
9. Citrus fruits and blue cheese
The tyramine in them is responsible for the appearance of severe headaches. Among the foods it contains are citrus fruits and some dried fruits, bananas, avocados, olives and “moldy” blue cheese.