1. Dark, leafy greens: When it comes to headaches, anti-inflammation is your best friend, and leafy greens like kale, spinach, and chard are advantageous due to their high content of carotenoids, such as beta-carotene (the pigments of the fruits and vegetables), which are plant nutrients that have been shown to reduce systemic inflammation and oxidative stress. Magnesium, which is excellent for nerve control, is also present.
2. Water: Dehydration is a known trigger of headaches, but it's not always the case. Dehydration causes water loss, which causes the brain and other tissues to contract, giving you that well-known headache. By keeping a person hydrated, which is important for all of your body's systems, hydration helps to lessen or prevent headaches.
3. Fatty fish: While they don't provide hydration in the same way that water or other beverages do, they offer unique benefits due to their high water content and omega-3 fatty acids. Here's how fatty fish can contribute to your hydration:
1. Once-Daily Low Inflammatory Foods Everyday (LIFE) Smoothie or the Full LIFE Diet Lowers C-Reactive Protein and Raises Plasma Beta-Carotene in 7 Days - Brittany Perzia, Gui-Shuang Ying, Joshua L. Dunaief, David M. Dunaief, 2022 (sagepub.com)